A comprehensive website offering information and support for anyone with mental health problems and their friends and family. The site is a member of ‘The Information Standard’ and provides trustworthy, high quality information. Categories include:
- An A – Z Directory of Mental Health
- A ‘Helping Someone Else’ Section
- A Guide to Mental Health Support and Services (UK)
- A ‘Find Your Local Mind’ Service (UK)
- A List of Types of Mental Health Problems
- Legal Rights (UK)
- Real Life Stories of those with Mental Illness
- Drugs and Treatments Directory
- Tips for Everyday Living with Mental Illness
A large website featuring five key areas of mental health. These areas include:
- Services and Groups
- Diagnosis and Treatment
- Living with Mental Illness
- Carers, Family and Friends
- Get Involved
The ‘Living with Mental Illness’ section particularly stands out, with practical advice and information in the following areas covered:
- Money Issues, Benefits and Employment (UK)
- Well being and Physical Health
- Mental Health Laws (UK)
- Police, Courts and Prison (UK)
- Rights and Restrictions (UK)
- Housing (UK)
- Young People
- Personal Budgets
- Early Intervention
- And more!
Depression Alliance brings people together to end the loneliness and isolation of depression. They also campaign to end the stigma of depression and to raise awareness of what it means to live with it. The website offers two sections of particular interest, the ‘Information’ and ‘How We Can Help’ sections.
- What is Depression
- Living with Depression
- Recovery and Wellbeing
- Useful Contacts (UK)
- Family and Friends
How We Can Help Section
- Friends In Need (join on and offline community)
- Self-Help Groups Directory and Finder Service (UK)
- Resources (videos and magazines)
- Wellbeing Networks Directory (UK activity based groups to lift your spirits)
If you are suffering from bereavement then this site is a fantastic resource crammed full of information and support services. There are two sections of the site which are of particular interest, these being:
- About Grief (features advice for working through bereavement)
- Bereavement Services (features telephone, email and UK based face-to-face support)
Relate is the UK’s largest provider of relationship support, and every year they help over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships. The website offers a superb overview of the services Relate provides, including counselling covering most areas throughout the UK.
The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. It is well-known for its annual Sleep in America® poll. The Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Washington, DC. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, health professionals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities.
There are five key areas to the website, all of which are extremely helpful. These being:
- Sleep Health
- Sleep Problems and Disorders
- Sleep Tools and Tips
- Find a Sleep Professional (US)
The Happiness Project – an entire site dedicated to making your life the happiest it can possibly be! I really cannot recommend this website highly enough. The blog on the homepage is well researched, humorous and insightful. The section dedicated to breaking bad habits and forming new positive ones is educational and inspired. The tips and quizzes section is fun and the quotes featured in this section are fantastic. Finally, if you are as inspired as I was to begin a happiness project of your very own, the downloads section is an absolute must with exactly the same tools Gretchen used now available for anyone to print up and fill out.
The Samaritans is a telephone counselling service that are there for people of any age when they need them, which could be any time of day or night. People talk to the Samaritans for as long as they like, as many times as they like. They don’t rush, interrupt or push anyone out of the door, they simply let people lead the conversation at their own pace. The even better news: there are no waiting lists and no assessments. There is also strict confidentiality in place – they don’t pass on what people tell them, not even the name of someone who called them. No issue is off bounds, they don’t skirt around issues, and we’re not afraid to go into deep and difficult areas. Sometimes just having the acceptance from someone that what they say won’t be judged is enough to help people open up, and is such a relief to them. Anyone can call from all over the world but the number is based in the UK and will be subject to international charges should you choose to call from abroad.
For Young People…
Please also see Samaritans and The Happiness Project, listed above.
Students Against Depression offers comprehensive, award-winning information and resources validated by health professionals to help you identify low mood or depression and then find a way forward, as well as tips and advice from students who have experienced it all themselves. Download their resources, customise their self help plans, chose to share your own story and join us in fighting student depression. The four main areas of the site are:
- Understand Depression
- Get support
- Tackle Depression
- Student Stories
Every year many hundreds of young people take their own lives in the UK. Many thousands more contemplate suicide; many harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling. Papyrus exists to give young people hope and to prevent young suicide. Papyrus draws from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK and speak on their behalf in our campaigns and in our endeavours to save young lives. We provide confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person.
They run a national helpline, HOPELineUK, including text and email services, staffed by a team of mental health professionals who provide practical help and advice to vulnerable young people and to those concerned about any young person who may be at risk of suicide – anyone can call from all over the world but the number is based in the UK and will be subject to international charges should you choose to call from abroad.