Useful Links 

General Information Pages

 

    Greater Good Magazine – online free resources related to general wellbeing, compassion and happiness       https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/about

•    Kristin Neff’s self-compassion website with information and practical resources https://self-compassion.org/

•    Rethink offers information about mental health problems and self-help strategies for coping with them https://www.rethink.org/

•    FRANK offers friendly, confidential advice about drugs      https://www.talktofrank.com/

•    Doc Ready helps you prepare to speak to a doctor about mental health https://www.docready.org/#/home

•    Choice and medication - downloadable leaflets about a range of mental health conditions and the types of medication available https://www.choiceandmedication.org/

•    Free Mindfulness: A project in compassionate collaboration - free-to-download mindfulness exercises http://www.freemindfulness.org/

•    Living Life to the Full - Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency https://llttf.com/home/living-life-to-the-full-series/

The Survivors Trust – Information and links for support in the North West of England http://thesurvivorstrust.org/find-support/north-west-england/

Information Pages for Young People and Parents/Carers

 

•    Care for the Family - Supporting adoptive parents and foster carers - https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/working-with-families/facilitator-articles/698665-2

•    Youth Health Talk stories and information about a range of illnesses and health-related issues from young people’s real life experiences http://www.healthtalk.org/young-peoples-experiences

•    My Mind, created by Cheshire and Wirral NHS Partnership, offers lots of self-help resources for young people http://www.mymind.org.uk/

•    My CAMHS Choices provides young people accessing CAMHS with information and resources to make meaningful choices about care http://www.opentalk.info/resource/my-camhs-choices/

•    Epic Minds, developed by the NHS and researchers, to help young people after a first experience of psychosis https://epicminds.co.uk/

•    Student Minds - Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity https://www.ucas.com/connect/blogs/about-student-minds

•    Epic Friends, developed by the NHS in Sheffield, offers interactive information for young people wanting to help friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally https://epicfriends.co.uk/

•    The Young People’s Advisory Service – offering information and useful links for young people, parents/carers and professionals http://www.ypas.org.uk/useful-links/

•    Young Minds’ website offers lots of information about mental health and emotional wellbeing, with resources for you to read and download https://youngminds.org.uk/

•    Mermaids - family support for young people seeking information and support around gender identity

•    The Proud Trust (formerly LGBT Youth North West) is a regional organisation that seeks to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Young People in the North West http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/directory/proud-trust

•    Mood Gym – Cognitive behavioural therapy based self-help online for low mood/depression https://moodgym.com.au/

•    NSPCC – A huge range of resources for parents/carers and professionals about keeping children safe online, at school, with friends and protecting their wellbeing https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/ 

•    Thinkuknow - a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

•    The Young Voices Study with updates and information for young people who hear voices and see visions, with additional information for parents/carers https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/hpsc/research/featured-projects/the-young-voices-study.php

•    Mentally Health Schools – a range of resources and information for promoting positive mental health in schools - https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/whole-school-approach/supporting-staff-wellbeing/

Popular Apps

 

•    Headspace: Meditation and Sleep https://www.headspace.com/

•    Stress & Anxiety Companion – NHS https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/stress-anxiety-companion/

•    BlueIce: developed with young people to help manage difficult feelings and urges to self-harm https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/blueice/

•    Catch It – CBT based app to improve mental wellbeing https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/catch-it/

•    Breathe - a mindfulness app for staying calm and cope with anxiety http://breatheapp.co/

•    Emoodji, created by Mind, designed specifically for students http://www.emoodji.co.uk/

•    Happify - aimed at developing skills in order to boost emotional wellbeing https://www.happify.com/

Helplines/Webchats

 

•    Samaritans provides a helpline and email for anyone who has something that’s troubling them; you can call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

•    The Campaign against Living Miserably, or CALM, is a charity aiming to prevent male suicide in the UK; it has a helpline and webchat facility

•    ChildLine is a confidential service for children and young people up to nineteen years old; you can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything – no problem is too big or too small – call free on 0800 1111, chat online, or send an email

•    Voice Collective is a UK-wide, London-based project that supports children and young people who hear voices, see visions, have other 'unusual' sensory experiences

•    OCD Youth aims to increase awareness and access to support for anyone under 25 affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, also offers a chat forum https://ocdyouth.org/