Mental Health Blog
This December, you can help change the world by spreading kindness. Even small things can make a big difference, like asking someone how they are and really listening, or simply making them a cup of tea!
Our December Kindness calendar is packed with inspiring actions so please share it with others and help spread the kindness.
Here’s how you can get involved and make a difference:
- Take daily actions using our calendar and app
- Go deeper & learn more by joining a local group
- Spread the word on social media #DecemberKindness
Online gaming is being used to recruit young people to far-right extremist groups. The news follows a report published by the Home Office concerning the Prevent anti-extremism programme.
Figures show the number of referrals of people vulnerable to a risk of radicalisation, of which the majority (46 percent) were regarding Extreme Right-Wing radicalisation. As reported by The Guardian, the use of online apps and platforms is appearing more and more in referrals of far-right extremism, according to Prevent coordinator Sean Arbuthnot.
In particular, that includes gaming platforms and chat apps like Discord. Click here for more information
Self-harm is very common in young people, with 10-15% of young people in the UK reporting that they self-harm. It can leave families confused, anxious and feeling like there’s nowhere to turn. Now, based on in-depth research with parents, a team from Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry are launching a guide to help parents and carers who are trying to cope with this difficult situation.
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. We provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK.
The Sanctuary is an online chat group created specifically in response to coronavirus and the anxieties this could lead to for people with an eating disorder. It is a safe, online space for people with an eating disorder to share concerns and advice on how they are coping with the pandemic.
Eating disorders thrive in isolation, so it is important to stay connected and support each other through this.
Self-care for parents and carers
Now, at a time when you are busy supporting your pupils and their families through this challenging period, it’s important that you look after your own wellbeing.
Our mental health campaign Every Mind Matters offers a free online action plan, approved by the NHS, that offers simple steps we can all take to care for our mental health. The tool can help to deal with stress and anxiety, boost mood, improve sleep quality and take control of our wellbeing.
Whilst you care for others, why not also create your own self-care action plan?
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. And remember, mind and body go hand in hand – visit Better Health for lots of free tools and support to help you kickstart your physical health too.
During the global coronavirus pandemic we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances. Being bereaved can be a lonely time, and isolation due to the current situation can make it more difficult. We are here to support you with information and advice.
SafeSpot is designed to help you through tough spots
SafeSpot gives you your own personalized coping plan, useful strategies and tools to help and directions to local resources to help you — all at your fingertips.
SafeSpot has 3 aspects:
1. The Quirky and Cool SafeSpot App
2. SafeSpot website
3. SafeSpot Curriculum
Students Against Depression provides you with a calm environment and the resources to help you find a way forward – a website offering advice, information and guidance to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.
Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
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. You can download our guide to using the app during Covid-19 here.
Please note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.
How to access:
You can get 24/7 free, confidential and anonymous support from a trained volunteer. Whether you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, loneliness or relationship issues, Student Space staff are there to listen and support through a variety of ways;
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CAMHS (Crisis and Liaison team)
The crisis and liaison team provide mental health support to young people (up to the age of 18) who are experiencing a crisis with their mental health.
In a mental health emergency you can contact your local CAMHS crisis and liaison team using the number below.
Telephone: 0800 0516 171 (this number is free to call)
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Our vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.
The Listening Post was established in 2017 as a distinct project of DACYM (Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry). The Listening Post is a listening and mentoring project that seeks to help young people with low level mental health and well-being issues in order to prevent them escalating into something more long-lasting.
Leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find. Together, we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health.
Young people can experience a range of mental health problems. Childhood and teenage years are a time when you are usually changing rapidly and developing all the time. You also often have to cope with many different situations and unfamiliar challenges like exams, relationships and the other pressures of growing up.
We’re here for you, whatever’s on your mind. We’ll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you. Our tips and techniques, ideas and inspirations, can help you feel more in control. You can access them in your own time, at your own pace! We have many useful ways to provide help and support including free 24 hour helpline, online 1:1 counselling support, information and advice board and toolbox kits
Something’s not right
Things have been very different this year. And it’s been difficult for everyone.
You might be worried about:
- things that have happened to you or someone else
- not knowing where to go when you’re scared
- being at school, your exams or the future
- coping with your mental health.
Whatever’s happening, you don’t have to cope alone.
XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. This provides young people a counselling service online, it is available Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm and Saturday & Sunday: 6pm – 10pm.
Online guide to life for 16-25 year olds. Straight-talking emotional support is available 24 hours a day. Chat about any issue on our moderated discussion boards and live chat room.
Mental illness and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, of any age, of any background, at any time. Like with physical illnesses, people don’t choose to have a mental health problem. And they need the appropriate care to get better. Mental illness and suicidal thoughts are common issues for young people. It can be difficult to know if a child is suffering as they often keep it to themselves. But we’re here to help you spot the signs and know how to support them.
We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.
If something’s troubling you, get in touch:
Telephone our branch: 01325 465465 (local call charges apply) 01325 488679 (Recruitment Line Answer Phone)
National telephone: 116 123 (this number is free to call)
Email Samaritans: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our branch: Samaritans Darlington13 Woodland RoadDarlingtonCounty DurhamDL3 7BJ