Useful Links

Websites & Helplines

Samaritans - UK mental health charity alleviating emotional distress and reducing the incidence of suicidal feelings and behaviour. Call 116 123  24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

CALM - the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Call 0800 58 58 58 from 5.00pm to midnight. 

selfharm.co.uk - free online support for 14-19 year olds.

NHS 111 Online - get medical help near you. Call 111 in a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline - freephone 0808 2000 247.

Shout - if you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope, and need support, text Shout to 85258.

Drinkline (National Alcohol Helpline) - offering information and self-help materials, help to callers worried about their own drinking, support to the family and friends of people who are drinking, and advice to callers on where to go for help. Call 0300 123 1110 Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Beat Eating Disorders - The UK's Eating Disorder charity. Call the Helpline on 0808 801 0677

Royal College of Psychiatrists - the professional medical body responsible for supporting psychiatrists in the UK. Link to readable, user-friendly, and evidence-based information about mental health problems.

Human Givens Institute - a membership organisation open to anyone wishing to support and promote the human givens approach through all forms of psychological, educational, and social interactions, and the professional body representing the interests of those in the caring, welfare, and teaching professions who work in alignment with the best scientific knowledge available about the givens of human nature.

Reclaim Life - a successful and growing charity in Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire providing five free life coaching sessions based on the simple and effective Human Givens approach. All life coaches are volunteers receiving training and supervision with my guidance and support. 

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) - provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults, and forensic services to the city of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire, and Luton. Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in September 2016 and June 2018. 

ELFT Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery College - part of the Bedfordshire Mental Health Academy which is a formal partnership with East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) and the University of Bedfordshire. The college is open to any adult who lives or works in Bedfordshire and Luton. Free courses and workshops focus on mental health wellbeing and recovery. They are delivered by people with lived experience and professional experience.

Mind BLMK Crisis CafesMind BLMK working collaboratively with the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) across Luton and Bedford to provide crisis services for individuals over 18 in need of mental health support. Crisis Cafes are safe, non-judgemental spaces that you can come to if you find yourself in crisis or mental distress in the evenings. You will be met by a trained mental health worker who will listen and help you identify ways to address the problems you are facing.

Citizens Advice - a charity providing free, good quality, independent advice on benefits, work, debt and money, consumer rights, housing, family, law and courts, immigration, and health. Helping people to solve problems since 1939.

Getselfhelp.co.uk - this excellent website provides CBT self-help and therapy resources, including worksheets and information sheets, and self-help mp3s. STOPP is CBT in a nutshell.

The Medical Council on Alcohol - an independent charity of health professionals from all medical specialties, without links to the government or the alcohol industry, dedicated to improving the understanding and management of alcohol-related health harm. 

Drug Science - detailed, evidence-based information on drugs and their properties, applications, effects, and risks. Based on the latest pharmacological research. Drug Science is an independent, science-led drugs charity.

 

Oxygen Recovery - a well-established and successful private residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, providing a calm and welcoming environment for recovery from addiction in the UK.

Farm DayHab - the UK's first private person-centred online rehab accessible from wherever you are based in Radlett, Hertfordshire.

 

rehab4addiction - helps you connect with more than 70 private addiction treatment providers located across the United Kingdom and abroad. Find treatment clinics in your local area now.

Rehab Recovery - get the best private alcohol rehab advice available to ensure you and those you love get the help you need to be free of addiction. 

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) / Cocaine Anonymous (CA) / Narcotics Anonymous (NA) - a fellowship of men and women sharing their experience, strength, and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction. Following the 12-steps approach. 

UK SMART Recovery - helping individuals recover from any addictive behaviour and lead meaningful and satisfying lives; using a science-based therapeutic programme of training.

Drinkaware: Drink tracker - a range of online tools to help you understand your drinking, track your drinks, and change your habits.

Blessed CBD - helping people in the UK lead healthier and happier lives. Providing next-day delivery of natural full-spectrum Cannabidiol (CBD) oils, gummies, and creams, which are safely and effectively used by thousands in the UK to help with pain, insomnia, and anxiety. (Please note that these are not the same quality as Medical Cannabis)

 

Mental Health First Aid England - address your stress with the "My Stress Container interactive tool".

 

UKAAN - the UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) provides support, education, research, and training for mental health professionals working with adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Hearing Voices Network -  for people who hear voices, see visions, or have other unusual perceptions. Between 3 and 10% of the population have experiences like these, increasing to about 75% if you include one-off experiences like hearing someone call your name out loud. 

Depression Alliance - helpful information on anxiety and depression and its effective treatment.

 

Bipolar UK - UK mental health charity supporting people affected by Bipolar disorder.

OCD Action - UK mental health charity providing support and information to anybody affected by OCD.

 

Mind - UK mental health charity providing help and support for mental health problems.

 

Mental Health Foundation - UK mental health charity dedicated to finding and addressing the sources of mental health problems.

Victim Support - an independent charity working towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve.

 

Human Givens Publishing - self-help books, CDs, and journals using effective Human Givens psychotherapy and counselling practices to help alleviate mild to moderate mental health problems.

Anxiety UK - Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed in 1970, by Katharine and Harold Fisher, for those affected by anxiety, stress, and anxiety-based depression.

Five Areas Ltd - provides high-quality, accessible resources that help people to help themselves using award-winning, practical Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatment tools.

BPDWORLD - an excellent online resource founded and created by Joshua Cole in 2003, which provides helpful information, advice, and support to those affected by Borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Patient - one of the most trusted medical resources online, supplying evidence-based information on a wide range of medical and health topics to patients and health professionals.

Physical Activity and Mental Health - helpful evidence-based information from the Royal College of Psychiatrists regarding physical activity. 

How to look after your mental health using exercise - helpful evidence-based information from the Mental Health Foundation regarding exercise.

Eat well - NHS guidance on eating a healthy, balanced diet as an important part of maintaining good health, and helping you to feel your best.

Mindfulness of Emotions Exercise - start to learn Mindfulness skills.

Inspirited Minds - UK Muslim mental health charity providing excellent evidence-based advice on spirituality and mental health.

dogOwner - how dogs can help with Mental Health: mind-boosting benefits of dog ownership.

Cats Protection - adopt a cat to purr the blues away.

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Apps

Calm Harm - a free award-winning app providing tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Headspace - guided Meditation and Mindfulness app.

Mental Health Apps - weblink to numerous helpful mental health apps tested and recommended by the NHS.

Combined Minds - an app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, to help family and friends support young people with their mental health.

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