Wellbeing for Everyone
We understand that you may be feeling worried or concerned.
You are not on your own – we are all in this together.
Please find lots of information, support and activities for your mental and physical wellbeing below and read our wellbieng guides here:
Seed Planting Starter Pack
GMMH Recovery Pathways
Websites and Apps
Boredom Busting Resources - Chatterbox
A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources
BBC Good Food
Taking care of your diet is important, check out these healthy storecupboard recipes for the whole family
BBC Wildlife Magazine
Full of articles, quizzes and activities
Birdwatching - Discover Wildlife
How it can improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing
Memrise and Duolingo
Free apps to learn a language
Discover the benefits of mindful baking and some quirky baking recipes from Great British Bake Off finalist Kim-Joy Hewlett.
Get crafty with 30 easy arts and crafts to do at home from website Gathered.
The Mental Health Foundation and WWF have joined forces to bring you Thriving With Nature; a free guidebook which explores the relationship between nature, wellbeing and mental health. Find out more: Thriving with Nature guidebook
Citizens Advice are available via the national phone service to offer you support and advice on a variety of topics including:-
- Paying your bills
- Going to work or what happens if you've been told to stay at home
- Can't pay your rent or mortgage
Call the national phone line on Adviceline: 03444 111 444
Government Business Support Helpline: 0300 456 3565
HMRC Coronavirus Tax Helpline: 0800 015 9559
School Closures Coronavirus Helpline: 0800 046 8687
Mental Health Helplines
Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice.
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Anxiety UK website
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
Bipolar UK website
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
LGBT Foundation has temporarily shifted to a remote service.
Phone: 0345 3 30 30 30, Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm
LGBT Foundation website
Men's Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Men's Health Forum website
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Mental Health Foundation website
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge
No Panic website
Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge
OCD Action website
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
OCD UK website
PAPYRUS - HOPELINEUK
Young suicide prevention society. The helpline is targeted at:
- Children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide
- Anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide
Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (9am – midnight every day of the year - Weekends and Bank Holidays included)
Text: 07860 039 967
Papyrus UK website
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Rethink Mental Illness website
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: Text message support from SANE
SANE peer support forum
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Young Minds website
Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)
Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)
Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline)
Alcoholics Anonymous website
National Gambling Helpline
Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight)
National Gambling Helpline website
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight)
Narcotics Anonymous website
Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.
Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and 10am to 4pm on weekends)
Alzheimer's Society website
Cruse Bereavement Care
Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Cruse Bereavement Care website
To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm)
Rape Crisis website
Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline)
Victim Support website
Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)
Eating disorders website
Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying.
Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm)
Family Lives website
The UK's largest provider of relationship support.
Mental Health, Mindfulness and Meditation
Why Not Try Mindfulness Week 1.pdf
GMMH Recovery Pathways Service
The Little Book of Coping.pdf
Mind has put together the Little Book of Coping. This little book is designed to help with all those things and to support you in your role as a leader, colleague or friend
Thriving with Nature
The Mental Health Foundation and WWF have joined forces to bring you Thriving With Nature; a free guidebook which explores the relationship between nature, wellbeing and mental health.
Feeling stressed or down? Aged 13-25?
You can now access 42nd Street one-to-one support online.
The Calm app has made a selection of sleep stories and meditations available on its website for free.
Every Mind Matters - NHS
Create your own mind plan
Headspace are offering some free meditations you can listen to anytime.
These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app called Weathering the storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises.
Coronavirus and your wellbeing.
This includes information on staying at home or indoors, taking care of your mental health and wellbeing and a checklist for staying at home.
Practical ways to help yourself cope.
Information on what to do if you're feeling low or struggling to cope. Includes relaxation exercises.
Articles and Social Media
8 Ways to Find Happiness in Uncertain Times
Article on 8 ways to boost your mood
13 wellbeing podcasts to lift your spirits
Listen to a wellbeing podcast
5 Ways to Wellbeing
The five ways to well-being is a way to reflect on our current situation and perhaps become aware of what’s helping or hindering our wellbeing. The five stages below will help you to work through this at your own pace, without any pressure.
This information sheet will give you some ideas for things to do within each of the five ways to well-being:
This weekly diary will help you to monitor your activity day by day or reflect back over your previous week in relation to the 5 ways to wellbeing.
This weekly planner will help you to set out some activities for the upcoming week that can help you do more of the 5 ways to wellbeing.
This simple scaling sheet allows you to reflect on how much activity you are doing in each of the 5 ways to wellbeing.
This change planning worksheet will enable you to plan more effectively for any changes to your activity that you have identified.
Working from home / staying at home
Tips for Working From Home
- It's not always as easy and straight forwards as it sounds, especially if you are a social creature and you now may have children and others around you too.
- Try to create a dedicated space for yourself to work from home.
- Keep structure in your day – get up, washed and dressed as normal and go out for a walk or start your day.
- Make sure you take regular breaks, and away from your working area.
- Try some 'desk yoga' to ensure you are moving and stretching a little.
Mental Health Foundation
Looking after your mental health while working during the coronavirus outbreak.
Every Mind Matters - NHS
Tips for staying at home
17 ways to practise self care when working from home
Article on adjusting to working from home
Video apps to stay connected
Stay connected during social distancing with video apps. We have compiled a list below of free to use apps that are available on IOS, Android, Windows and Mac systems.
For Big Groups
For Friends and Family
Tips for looking after your mental wellbeing and managing stress:
- Limit checking in with the news and social media
- Eat as healthily as you can and keep hydrated
- Take a break away from the clinical area
- Keep communicating with family, friends and colleagues
- Exercise is good for physical and mental health
- Make time for the things you enjoy out of work
- Prioritise sleep
Daily wellbeing questions to ask yourself:
- What am I grateful for today?
- Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
- What expectations of 'normal' am I letting go today?
- How am I moving my body today?
- How am I safely getting outside today?
- What am I creating, cultivating or inviting today?