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.
A large website featuring five key areas of mental health.
The five key areas of mental health which are featured on Rethink include:
The ‘Living with Mental Illness’ section particularly stands out – with practical advice and information in the following areas:
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.
How We Can Help Section:
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:
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:
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 they’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 provides such relief for them.
Samaritans Hotline (USA: 1 800 273 – TALK / UK & ROI: 116 123)
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, customize their self help plans, chose to share your own story and join them in fighting student depression.
The four main areas of the site are:
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 endeavors to save young lives. They provide confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person.
They run a national helpline, HOPELineUK (**Overseas Tel: +44 800 068 4141 / UK Tel: 0800 068 4141), 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.
**Please note 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 overseas.
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