How can I help myself?
HOW CAN I HELP MYSELF?
There are lots of things you can do to help yourself stay well and have good wellbeing: including eating well, getting a good night's sleep and taking some regular exercise. See Feeling Good, Staying Healthy for information.
If you are going through a stressful time or would like to lift your mood you are on the right page. Check out the links below for information on taking time out, tips on being positive and happy, and ideas around mindfulness. Also have a look at the range of apps that you might like to try too.
Remember, if you are having thoughts about self-harm or are feeling suicidal then please look at the following pages instead: Support for Suicide or Self-Harm and Need Help Now
Rise Above is about us all sharing our experiences, questions and challenges to get us ready for anything life throws at us. It is where you will find interesting and useful stuff from the web and beyond to get us all talking about the things that matter to us. You’ll find inspiring and useful stories, videos, games and advice.
Big White Wall is an online support and recovery service for people aged 16 and over who are stressed, anxious, low or not coping. Big White Wall enables members to support and help each other and share what’s troubling them in a safe and anonymous environment. There is also guidance from trained professionals, who are online 24/7. There is a charge for this service.
Relax Kids resources and classes can help children manage stress with breathing and stretching exercises. These are resources that need to be paid for.
The following links are part of the Quiet Place Project and provide an online space for some time out:
The Quiet Place Project - Somewhere you can log into for a few moments of quiet.
The Dawn Room - For time out and positive affirmations.
The Thoughts Room - Get those thoughts out and set them free, a chance to type in your thoughts.
Mindfulness is all about being in the present moment and paying attention to thoughts and feelings. Some people find that mindfulness helps them to relax and cope better with difficult situations. The 'Be Mindful' website has an introductory video which explains what mindfulness is provides some information on how to get started.
Mood Juice is a self-help resource website that has a helpful guide on anxiety and another on depression.
Moodscope helps you to track your mood each day with an interactive game, you can then share with your friends. Youth Mental Health is a hub of information on the NHS Choices website. It brings together lots of useful information and resources. Resources that you might find helpful include:
Shelf Help - The Shelf Help scheme is available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Libraires. This scheme is already available nationally. It is a range of books that have been recommended by young people and health professionals about mental health that are available in public libraries. The books are aimed at 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. A similar service, called 'books on prescription' is already available for adults. Recommended books
Youthoria has lots of information for 11-19 year olds, but the 'It's Your Choice' section presents you with stories that young people have faced and gives you the chance to decide what you would do, and advises on some good options. Different scenarios include coping with an eating disorder and dealing with depression.
Living Life to the Full .......Helping you to help yourself - Check out this website with advice on 'Why do I feel so bad?', 'How to fix almost anything' and many more....
ReachOut provides practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times. You will find help through: factsheets, tools, apps, community forums, stories, videos, other stuff, like lists.
The MIX provides essential help for those under 25. Have you had trouble getting help for mental health? Check out this resource.
BEAT is the UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders. For further information on these conditions visit Young Minds.
CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Check out the website for further support or Click here for their helpline.
Mind Mate - Thsi has some general advice for young people and parents. Under 'advice for young people' it has some good general infomration on coping with common issue and top tips on feeling good. Other info is lest relevant as it is specifit to the area of Leeds.