Mental Health Awareness Week falls on 10-16 May. This year’s theme was “Nature”, with the Mental Health Foundation’s CEO noting that walks in nature and being in green spaces have been the nation’s top mental health coping strategy during the pandemic (according to their research).
At Poole, the Recruitment and Compliance Officer Sophie Goulding co-created with the team a “Positivity Door” and a “Mental Health Awareness Board” with poems, quotes, helpline, and contact numbers for support lines.
From Bexley, the Manager Bharathy Maheswaran collected and curated a handful of useful resources to help with mental health.
You can download free apps here:
- NHS BlueIce app: Bluelce is an evidenced-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm.
- NHS Calm Harm app: Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
- NHS Catch It app: Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It.
- NHS distrACT app: The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
- NHS Chill Panda app: Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda.
- NHS Cove app: Create music to capture your mood and express how you feel with the Cove app.
- NHS MeeTwo app: The MeeTwo app provides a safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives.
Thisal Madhusan, the manager of Langton Way, also shot a gorgeous video on the theme of nature and mental health.
We also hosted a session with Valerian Spicer, the Commonwealth boxer, and Andy Cole, a behaviour therapist, on the SPICER method of handling stress.
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