There are many useful online programmes, websites and resources dedicated to supporting people with their mental health. Here are some examples of spaces online you might find useful in maintaining your own mental wellbeing.
There are now more and more resources online that can help with anything from managing your general wellbeing to those for more specific health concerns. Listed below are some FREE** programmes and online resources to get you started. Whilst these can be useful, they are not a replacement for seeking medical advice if you have concerns about any symptoms you are experiencing.
**Whilst the online programmes listed below are free to use, when using any online resources please always check any potential costs involved and also the compatibility to your device.
Always make sure to keep yourself safe whilst online. For more information about online safety please visit the CEOPs 'Think You Know' guide to online safety. Additionally you may want to visit Mind's online safety page that contains helpful advice as well as their 'How To' Stay Safe Online Booklet.
SilverCloud is an online course to help people manage stress, anxiety and depression. You work through a series of topics selected by a therapist to address specific needs. The eight-week course is designed to be completed in your own time and at your own pace.
The MoodTracker website contains:
- Mood Chart: The mood chart shows your daily mood level along with your hours of sleep and your medications.
- Public Forum: Our forum is unique because you can share your mood chart and medication records with others.
- Medication Tracking: This helps you keep track of what meds you're taking now as well as what meds you've had in the past. Dosage amounts and dosage frequency are tracked too.
- Support Alerts: With Support Alerts you can schedule text messages to be sent to a mobile phone on a periodic basis to remind you to take your meds, or to notify a friend that you are having a manic episode. It also works with e-mail.
- Connect with Your Caregiver: Because your mood chart and medication records are online, it's easy to give your caregiver access to it.
Living Live to the Full
The Living Life to the Full website offers free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Their courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives. The website also offers access to a range of resources covering different topics.
Provided by the NHS MoodZone offers information on stress, anxiety and depression through:
- Tips and advice to boost mental health
- Information on self-help treatments
- Free audio guides on a range of topics such as anxiety, sleep problems, low mood.
- A mood self-assessment questionnaire that helps to pin point the available resources best for you.
BITE BACK is an ever-changing space where you can discover ways to amplify the good stuff in life, share real and personal stories with others, check out videos, blogs and interviews of interesting people; check and track your mental fitness, and get your teeth stuck in to a bunch of activities!
- For young people over the age of 12.
- A ‘Things To Do’ section that grounded in the ‘five ways to wellbeing’.
- A Mental Fitness section, focusing on happiness and mindfulness and contains a mental health check-up questionnaire.
- Readings on a range of mental health related topics.
Rise Above offers advice and information on a range of topics relevant to young people. The website contains short games and quizzes and videos on both mental and physical wellbeing, within the context of the changes and responsibilities experienced by young people.
Podcasts and videos can also be used as tools to aid you in maintaining your wellbeing. Here are some links to handy examples to get you started.
The Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation provides a large number of podcasts ad videos to help you live a mentally happier life - from New Years’ Resolutions, to Relaxation for Better Sleep, to Mindfulness and How to Overcome Fear and Anxiety.
BBC iPlayer has health & wellbeing podcasts on their service.
There is also an extensive back catalogue of Radio 4's 'All in the Mind' episodes on the BBC iPlayer Radio.
BBC Bitesize provides a selection of short videos and animations for children that cover a wide range of topics such as emotions and wellbeing. BITESIZE VIDEOS
MoodZone, in addition to the resources noted above, has 5 audio guides on topics such as 'Anxiety Control Training', 'Sleep Problems' and 'Low Confidence and Assertiveness'.
Last but not least, the Mind website contains a large selection of podcasts on a wide range of mental health topics.
There are also additional blogs and podcasts made by members of the public related to their personal experiences. On the page there is the opportunity for you to make your own blog about a mental health related topic important to you.
For more information on online resources...
If you would like some additional information about using online resources to help maintain good mental health, please follow the link to our 'Online Resources' page as part of the Looking After Your Mental Health area of our site. There you will find extra suggestions of online resources and schemes, such as the 'Reading Well' books on prescription service among many others.