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.
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.
NEW - Looking after your mental health and wellbeing while social-distancing/self-isolating:
During what may be a worrying and stressful time for many of us, it's important that we look after ourselves both physically and mentally. For more information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), and for tips on how you can look after yourself and others, have a look at our 'Resources' page. For suggestions about how to look after your wellbeing more generally, see our 'Wellbeing Tips' page.
Please also check our 'Current News' page for updates and information.
Tips for looking after your mental health at Christmas:
For information and tips on how you can look after yourself over the festive period, see the news section of our website.
Anna Freud Centre has some great self help information aimed especially at young people including activities ,tips and ideas to help your improve your wellbeing.
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.
Turtle Dove Cambridge supports existing organisations in empowering young women aged between 15 and 23.They work with young women to improve their confidence in a supportive and fun way, they aim to offer a sense of achievement through improving their skill set and employment opportunities.
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.
ChatHealth is a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (aged 11-19) to get help and advice from their local public health nursing (school nursing) team.
To access the Cambridgeshire service simply send a text to 07480 635 443.
This service is available Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4pm (except bank holidays). During these times they aim to respond to all messages within 24 hours.
See this video for a more detailed description of the Cambridgeshire service.
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:
Reading well can help you to cope with the pressures of life, feel better about yourself and boost your confidence using books.
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.
Children and Young People's Health Services Norfolk have created a series of podcasts for young people called 'Health Uncovered'. This series, "aims to get young people in-tune with their health and wellbeing. The series is hosted by BBC Radio One presenter Cel Spellman and features young people and health professionals from our Norfolk Healthy Child Programme.
Life isn't always easy - and young people across the country have been helping us explore the issues that they’re facing today. From online bullying to sexual health, body image to mental health. They've been asking the questions you want to hear answered, joined by the health professionals that help young people, like school nurses and mental health specialists, to provide solutions, support and understanding."
The podcasts are free and you can listen via mobile devices, tablets and laptops. Just search “Health Uncovered” in your favourite podcast app, like iTunes, alternatively you can use the player on their website here.