We all have mental health. Just like physical health, there can be times when things feel good, and times when things feel difficult.
Part of our work is helping you to know how to help and support yourself through the hard times. There are many ways you can take control of your mental wellbeing but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start.
For Mental Health Awareness week we have put together a list of helpful apps and websites to help you understand your feelings, look after your mental health and get back to being you! You can access all of these self-help apps easily from the comfort of your own phone....
SAM (Self-help for anxiety management): SAM is an app to help you understand and manage anxiety. SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection. http://sam-app.org.uk/
KOOTH: Kooth is a free online counselling service for young people. You can talk to professional counsellors for free, talk to other young people and access live forums and discussions. https://kooth.com/
Silent Secret: Silent Secret is a social community for young people to share their thoughts, feelings, secrets, news and lifestyle by posting anonymously. The app has been created to support young people to have less stress and anxiety by providing a safe place to share, and connect to expert support organisations in times of need. http://silentsecret.com/
MindShift: Mind Shift is an app designed to help young people deal with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. https://www.anxietybc.com/resources/mindshift-app
Smiling Mind: Smiling Mind is a meditation app. Meditation can provide a number of health benefits: reduce worry/anxiety, create a sense of calm, teach you how to relax and improve your concentration. https://smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app/
Wellmind: Wellmind is your free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression The app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bluestepsolutions.wellmind&hl=en_GB
5 Ways to Wellbeing: This app offers a practical way to help you feel good and function well in the world. Reflect on your wellbeing, set activities to help you improve your wellbeing and track your progress.https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.somerset.fiveways&hl=en_GB
In Hand: In Hand is a simple tool to help you understand where you are at and bring back the balance. Once the app knows how you are feeling it will take you through simple steps to help you be you. http://www.inhand.org.uk/
There are many more apps out there and it might take a few tries before you find the perfect one for you. But it's important to remember that you can help yourself and there are many free, useful resources to support you on your journey. Get out there and take a look!!
If you are worried about your mental health or someone you know and would like to seek professional advice, our Early Help for Mental Health service offers face 2 face counselling, mentoring and support groups. Follow the link below for more information....