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Mental Health & Suicide Resources

Please find free resources below from various organisations within the UK, supporting adults, teenagers & children.

Mental wellbeing NHS audio guides for low mood, sadness and depression; low confidence and assertiveness; anxiety; overcoming sleep problems and unhelpful thinking.

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Mind

Mind is a charity and provides information on mindfulness, how to practice it and how it can help with mental health problems.

"Mindfulness makes me feel safe because even when I can't access my counsellors, carers, medication and relapse prevention plan, mindfulness is still there. Nothing can take it away."

NICE

National Institute for Health Care and Excellence

'Improving health and social care through evidence-based guidance.'

The linked guideline was published 25/6/19 and covers identifying and managing depression in children and young people aged 5 to 18 years. Based on the stepped-care model, it aims to improve recognition and assessment and promote effective treatments for mild and moderate to severe depression.

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NHS

The NHS is promoting more awareness of mindfulness techniques to employees and the general population. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. This link takes you to mental wellbeing audio guides/ videos. You will also find more information on mindfulness.

Children & Young People

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The good news is, there are many inspiring young people out there wanting to help and make a difference, including this lovely nature spirit Morgan Brame. 

Sometimes young folk just want to listen to others their own age.

Click on any social link to take you to more of Morgan's mental health awareness campaign.

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Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

This link below leads to a really good article about how important it is for parents

to make sure they are looking after themselves too. It is from ISPCC in Ireland:

Minding Our Mental Health

  • Posted on 26 April 2020

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Young Minds (UK)

'We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.
We will make sure all young people get the best possible mental health support and build resilience to overcome challenging times.'

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NSPCC (UK)

'Recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health can be really hard. We've got advice to help you support children who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm.' This link also provides support for underage drinking and bullying/ cyberbullying.

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Action for Children (UK)

All children and young people have fears and worries. These could include a fear of the dark, getting lost or abandoned. These anxious feelings can also be in response to a major change or stressful event - for example, starting at a new school or moving to a new house. These fears and worries are quite normal, however, there may be a cause for concern when they affect your child’s thoughts and behaviours on a daily basis. Your child might not want to take part in school and home life or participate in social activities.
This link provides more support with managing children's anxiety.

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Scotland's only long-term outdoor-based personal development course

Venture Scotland offers young people, who are struggling with life and are aged 16-30, a personal development course based in the outdoors. We offer young people four progressive stages, to help them learn how to improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Our programme is open to anyone who wants to make positive changes in their life.

Suicide Resources - Breavement, support and prevention

I personally have been through family suicide , my Father's attempted suicide, known of others to end their lives, and to be honest, I have became really low at times myself.

Coming out of the pandemic, suicide is sadly on the increase and it can be prevented...

This includes prevention, bereavement support and FREE suicide awareness training.

Further MENTAL HEALTH resources including mental health first aid training and neurodiversity support click HERE.

Some apps that have helped me with anxiety are here

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