Articles #Mental Health


Helping your mind stay healthy

Ways to make you relax

Ways to help you relax and unclutter a restless mind


Relaxation Drawing


What you will need.

A quiet place to sit and draw

A place that is at a nice temperature (you can’t relax if you are cold)

Paper or card

Coloured pencil or pen


Draw a large shape the size of your paper or card.

The shape could be a circle, square or simply a big blob.

Without lifting the pen or pencil off the paper continue to draw over the shape or inside the

shape, you could draw patterns inside the shape or circles and more shapes. It doesn't matter

What the finish result will look like. Just keep your mind focused on the shapes or patterns

you are creating and the sound of your breathing. If it helps you to relax play relaxing

background music. Continue to do this exercise for a few minutes, thinking of the sensations

Of the movement of drawing to help quieten your mind. On completion you

could start the exercise again using different colours, different shapes or patterns.



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Helpful Resources for Mental Health & Suicide support organisations

List of services for mental health and suicide support

Helpful Resources: Mental Health & Suicide support organisations

Smaritans

www.smaritans.org

Telelphone 116 123 (any time)

Email jo@smaritans.org

Samaritans is a confidential emotional supportive service for anyone in the UK & Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that may lead to suicide.


Charlie Walker Memorial Trust

www.cwmt.org

Telephone: 01635 869754

Awareness, information and resources for those who are depressed.


Stamp Out Suicide

www.stampoutsuicide.org.uk

Points of contact for those feeling suicidal, bereaved by suicide or concerned about suicide.


Student Against Depression

www.studentsagainstdepression.org

Information and help for anyone feeling depressed


Mind

www.mind.org.uk

Telephone: 03001233393 (weekdays 9.00-17.00)

Text 86463

National mental health charity


Young minds Parents Helpline

www.youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/

Telephone: 08088025544 (weekdays 9.30-16.00)

Email parents@youngminds.org.uk


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

www.prevent-suicide.org.uk

Email office@prevent-suicide.org


Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

www.thecalmzone.net

Telephone: 0800585858 (17.00-00.00)

Calm is dedicated to preventing male suicide


Youth Health Talk/Health Talk

www.healthtalk.org

A website with video interviews  of young people’s real life experiences of health and lifestyle. There is a section on depression and eating disorders.


Cruse – Bereavement Care

www.cruse.org.uk

www.hopeagain.org.uk

Telephone: 08088081677 (weekdays 9.00 – 17.00)

Email: Helpline@cruse.org.uk

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Useful apps to help with mental health

List of useful apps and websites to help with mental health

With help from MHFA Treads have up together a list of useful Apps that may help you during this difficult time


Dragon in the Attic (for children)

http://dragonapp.me/play

This app, developed by GPs and a group of year 6 children in Wakefiled NHS Trust, aims to teach 8-12 year olds how to make healthy choices for their inds and body. It uses a game where children are given a pet dragon to look after to build confidence and educate children about issues such as mental health and bullying


www.postiverewards.co.uk

Feeling Good app

This is a free app with NHS approval, free audio courses available


Emoodji(for university students)

www.emoodjj.co.uk

Emoodjj by Mind is a free app for the ups and downs of university life, from exam stress and homesickness to the joys of the last exams done


For Me

www.childline,org.ik/toolbox/for-me/

This app created by ChildLine with the infut of four teenagers, includes all of childlines services in an app:direct 121 access to a counsellor, videos, advice and chat on a range of issues that affect young people. It is safe and discreet, available on iphone only with an android app


Headspace

Wwwheadspace.com

This App teaches mindfulness mediation principles to improve wellbeing


Moodometer

http://myhealthapps.net/app/detao;s/363/moodometer

Developed by 2 Gether NHS Foundation Trust, and approved by NHS Choices, this app is an interactive mood diary for monitoring and understanding emotional wellbeing. It includes tips and guidance on how to influence mood.


Moodpanda

www.moodpanda.com

Mood panda is an app based platform allowing people to track their moods.


Moodscope (age 14 and over)

www.moodscope.com

Web based mood tracking and management platform


StressHeads

www.themix.org.uk/apps-and-tools/stressheads

Developed by youth charity The Mix and approved by NHS Choices website, this app aims to help 16-25 year olds identify and cope with stress. It includes games to help young people from immediate stress and monitor causes of stress





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