Wellbeing & Mental Health
These pages are a catalogue of some of the useful sources of help available for parents or students looking to explore mental health issues. The list is not exhaustive, there are a lot of other resources available online and in local libraries, and it is not an alternative to consulting your GP, which you should always do if you have serious concerns.
Head Ed Light is an online educational resource for students to learn about mental health topics independently. Head Ed Light contains 4 modules on anxiety, depression, resilience and self-harm, each containing quizzes, information & activities for students. The modules are all designed to be self-guided and can be completed independently by pupils from home. https://education.stem4.org.uk/
Kooth offers free online counselling, discussion boards and support information for young people www.kooth.com
MindEd for Families: online advice and support you can trust
MindEd for Families was built by parents and the MindEd Consortium of professionals, funded by the Department of Education, in partnership with Health Education England. It is accredited by the NHS Information Standard. http://minded.e-lfh.org.uk/families/index.htm
Free Mental Health Apps
Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 to help young people overcome anxiety. The app focuses on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions.
Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4. Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change.
SAM: Self Help for Anxiety management. http://sam-app.org.uk/
Sam is an app designed to help people manage their anxiety. Users can record their anxiety levels and identify different triggers. The app includes 25 self-help options. Users can create a personalised anxiety toolkit and it has a social cloud feature that allows users to anonymously share their experiences with other SAM users.
Based on CBT for mindfulness and relaxation to improve wellbeing, for release from anxiety, stress and depression
Is a suite of apps developed to target symptoms of depression and anxiety. The suite includes 12 mini-apps, helping users manage their preferences and recommending apps based on their concerns. Mini apps include Worry knot (for worry management techniques), Thought challenger (to help reduce negative thought patterns and iCope (for inspirational messages and reassurance)
Breathe2relax (google or search in your app store)
Is an app developed for stress management. It walks users through breathing exercises that help reduce stress, stabilize mood, control anger and manage anxiety.
App that aims to help you take control of your anxiety, with strategies for managing everyday anxiety to tools to help with more specific aspects of anxiety
Grief: Support for Young People (Iphone only) http://childbereavementuk.org/our-app/
This app has been created by leading bereavement charity Child Bereavement UK and the bereaved young people we work with. It is for 11-25 year olds who have been bereaved of someone important to them. It can also be used by friends, teachers, parents and professionals who would like to know how to support bereaved young people.
Practice the basics of meditation and mindfulness with Take10, Headspace's free introductory series. With 10 sessions of 10 minutes each, you'll learn how to train your mind for a happier, healthier life.