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MENTAL HEALTH APPS

06 November 2017

 

The NHS App library has lots of different apps, some of which have clinical evidence to show that they help some people (these ones are labelled ‘NHS Approved’) and others are currently undergoing testing to see how effective they are.

https://apps.beta.nhs.uk/?category=Mental%20Health

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

06 November 2017

We all have mental health and we all have to take care of it. It affects how we think, feel and behave as well as determining how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Our mental health can change over time. Some people call mental health 'emotional health' or 'wellbeing'.

What are mental health challenges?

Changes in mental health are very common, for example with the stresses and strains of life. But if these changes don’t go away, and start to affect our everyday life, this can lead to challenges with our mental health.  Over the course our lives, if we experience mental health challenges, our thinking, mood, and behaviour can be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health challenges, including our genes and life experiences.

How common are mental health problems?

Anyone can experience challenges with their mental health from mild stress to diagnosable mental health challenges, and it is thought that at any one time at least 1 person in 6 is experiencing a mental health challenge.

Mental health challenges are common but help is available and with the right support many people recover completely. Check out our Who Can Help Page for lots of services who are local and national!

SUICIDE

06 November 2017

Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone and there are some people who give no indication at all of their intention. However, there are warning signs that we can all look out for. These include if a person is:

·         Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.

·         Actively looking for ways to kill themselves.

·         Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.

·         Talking about being a burden to others.

·         Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.

·         Increasing their use of alcohol or drugs.

·         Suddenly very much ‘recovered’ after a period of depression.

·         Visiting or calling people unexpectedly to say goodbye either directly or indirectly.

·         Making arrangements; setting their affairs in order.

·         Giving things away, such as prized possessions.

The STOP Suicide website has lots of information on what to do if you are worried about someone or you need help yourself.

There is also lots of support for people who are struggling with bereavement through suicide. Below are lots of services, helplines, groups and books that offer lots of help and advice:

HELPLINES

ORGANIZATION

SERVICE

 

TIME

TELEPHONE

CPFT

1st Response

Supports people experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental health care, advice, support and treatment.

24-hour access,

7 days a week

365 days a year

Call 111

Select:Option 2

Lifeline

Free, confidential and anonymous telephone; provides listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or for people who are supporting someone in distress.

7.00pm – 11.00pm

365 days of the year

FREEPHONE

0808 808 2121

Samaritans

Offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

10:30am - 10:00pm

 

FREEPHONE

116 123

 

Winston’s Wish

For children. Giving hope to grieving children. With the right support at the right time, a child can face the future with confidence and hope.

Mon – Fri 9am -5pm

Except bank holidays

FREEPHONE

08088 020 021

Childline

Helpline

For children and young people in the UK.

You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small.  However you choose to contact us, you're in control. It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to. The number won't show up on your phone bill.

24 hours per day

everyday

FREEPHONE

0800 1111

Papyrus

HOPE Line UK

For children, teenagers and young people up to 35. National Confidential Helpline.  If you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide

 

Mon-Fri 10 – 10

W/E 2:pm - 10pm

Bank Holidays

2pm - 5pm

FREEPHONE

0800 068 41 41

 

 

CALM

For men. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

5pm – Midnight

365 Days per year

FREEPHONE

Nationwide

0800 58 58 58

London

0808 802 5858

Support Line

For everyone. Provides emotional support and details of support groups, helplines, agencies and counsellors throughout the UK

 

Helpline:

01708 765200

Cruse

National Helpline

Staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement.  To help you talk things through, or signpost you to your local Cruse service and other sources of information.

Monday-Friday   9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays) Tues, Wed &Thursday 9.30am  – 8pm

FREEPHONE

0808 808 1677‚Äč

Maytree

A sanctuary, supporting people in suicidal crisis in a non-medical setting. Free 4-night/5-day stay, and the opportunity to be befriended and heard in complete confidence, without judgement and with compassion.

24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

020 7263 7070

LOCAL GROUPS

 

ORGANIZATION

 

SERVICE

TIME

TELEPHONE

Lifecraft

Suicide Bereavement Support Service. Contact point for family and friends for support and information on bereavement by suicide.

Email: Fiona@lifecraft.org.uk

10 – 5pm

Monday to Friday

01223 566957

Mind Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

A range of services to support those recovering from mental health challenges.

Email:

enquiries@cpslmind.org.uk

Cambridge

Peterborough

St, Neots

01223 311320

01733 362990

01480 470480

Cruse

Bereavement care with a helpline to talk to someone about bereavement.

Email: cambridge@cruse.org.uk

9.30am - 1.30pm

Monday to Friday

01223 633536

NHS Cambridge & Peterborough

Foundation Trust

Suicide bereavement support group. Warm welcome assured, contact Jane Pope (07973 8835110 or Mary Hanna (07887 655713).

Email: chaplaincyteam@cpft.hns.uk

6pm – 7.30

Monday monthly

Peterborough

01733 776080

 

Compassionate Friends

Support group for parents bereaved through suicide.

Email: p.wilson34@ntlworld.com

7.30 – 9.30 Cambridge 1st Tues of each month

Rosemary Wilson

 

WEB SITES

 

ORGANIZATION

SERVICE

 

 

Hub of Hope

A place to go to for those who are struggling, to locate the nearest service available to you, as well as national organisations. A web based app makes it as easy as possible for people to find help and support around them.  Simply enter the post code and search.

Support After Suicide

For everyone. We are a network of organisations who support people who are affected by suicide.

 

If U Care Share

IUCSF offers the opportunity to speak to other people who have life experience around suicide. We offer 1 to 1 practical and emotional support. We are also available to offer practical advice on the procedures that take place when there is a death by suicide. Helpline: 0191 387 5661

 

Bereavement UK

We aim to provide you with bereavement support and information when you need it the site is available at your fingertips.

 

Students Against Depression

Students Against Depression provides you with the resources you need to find a way forward from stress, low mood, depression or suicidal thinking.

 

The Way Foundation

For men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group run by a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves

 

NHS Choices

For everyone.  It may be difficult at this time, but it's important to know you're not beyond help and you're not alone.  Many people who've had suicidal thoughts have found with support and treatment they have been able to allow the negative feelings to pass.

 

CHUMS

 

CHUMS Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People provides therapeutic support in a variety of ways.

 

Alliance of Hope

For Suicide Loss Survivors provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.

 

Keep Your Head

Keep Your Head brings together reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

BOOKS AND LITERATURE

AUTHOR & PUBLISHER

 

TITLE

Adele Ryan McDowell, Whiteflower Press

Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort 

Ann Smolin, Simon & Schuster

Healing After the Suicide of a Love One

Ann Smolin, Simon & Schuster

Healing After the Suicide of a Relative

Alison Wertheimer, Taylor & Francis Ltd

A Special Scar: The Experiences Of People Bereaved By Suicide

Carla Fine, Bantam Doubleday Dell 

No Time to Say Goodbye

Cobain & Larch, Simon & Schuster

Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide 

Edwin S Shneidman, Oxford University Press

Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort

Lukas & Seidon, Jessica Kingsley

Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide 

Myers & Fine, Jessica Kingsley

Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss

General Grief

 

 

Boydell,K (2005), London Vermilion

Death and how to survive it.                                                                                  A practical and uplifting guide to coming to terms with the loss of your partner.

Ginsburg, GD (1997), Tuscon AZ: Fisher Books

Widow to Widow. Thoughtful, Practical ideas for Rebuilding Your life.

Munday J S (2005), Skokie IL : ACTA Publications

Overcoming Grief: Joining and Participating in a Bereavement Support Group.

Noel &Blair PA (2008), Naperville IL Sourcebooks

I  Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye.

Hartley Jill (2008), Morleys Print and Publishing

My True Son An anthology.

Hartley Gill. ( 2011), Morleys Print and Publishing

Aspects of Loss. A companion for Bereaved Parents and their families.