The following helpful resources are intended to be a guide for information purposes only
My personal favourites for emotional wellbeing include…
Little Blue Book of Sunhine explains some things you can do now to feel better, or who to turn to if things feel too much. Download by clicking HERE
Action for Happiness a movement committed to building a happier more caring society, by helping people to take practical action. Website offers lots of practical resources
Woebot is an artificially intelligent chatbot draws on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy. People report reduction in anxiety & depression by chatting with Woebot regularly.
Abuse (domestic, violence, child, sexual)
NAPAC is the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, they provide a dedicated support line (0808 801 0331) and free online resources
NSPCC is the children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty. Runs Childline (08008 800 500) and a helpline for adults concerned that a child might be at risk
Survivors UK provides help and support for men who have experienced sexual violence or abuse. This includes counselling and online and SS chat support all run by professionals who specialize in the field of male sexual violence
Women’s Aid are a gressroots federation working together to provide life saving services and build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated 24 hour helpline 0808 2000 247
Domestic Violence Resource UK & International links, also US domestic violence handbook
Advice and Information
Citizens Advice Bureau helps people resolve legal, money & other problems by providing free information & advice
Community Legal Service Free, confidential and independent legal advice
Direct.gov Provides information & access to forms on topics such as money, tax, benefits, motoring, education, employment, health and wellbeing, crime and transport.
National Debt Helpline Provides free, confidential & independent advice on how to deal with debt problems
MyGrants.co.uk provides a guide to the benefits and grants that older people may be entitled to.
Addiction & substance misuse (alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, gaming)
Al-Anon Family Groups provide understanding, strength & hope to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men & women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Drink Aware a charity working to reduce alcohol misuse & harm in the UK, Website has free drink trackers nd tools to assess your own drinking levels
Cocaine Anonymous running self help groups based on the 12 step programme
Talk to Frank is the national drug education services. It provides information on legal and illegal drugs for teenagers and adolescents, including a confidential information line and live chat (0300 123 6600 text 81222)
SMART Recovery provides training to help people manage their recover from any type of addictive behaviour including drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, eating and shopping
Online gamers anonymous is a fellowship of people sharing their experiences
Paula Hall & Associates runs groups, Skype sessions & training for people with sex & porn addiction & their partners.
Life Works helps people overcome addictions, compulsive behaviour and mental health issues
Anxiety UK is a charity run by people with lived experience of anxiety, aiming to support everyone effected through information and self help groups. Call 08444 775 774
No More Panic This site provides information for sufferers & carers of people with Panic, Anxiety, Phobias & OCD
Fear Fighter is a NICE approved evidence based online program for gernalised anxiety and panic
Flying without Fear A site dedicated to helping you find the quickest and lasting way to overcome your fear of flying
OCD Action focuses on obsessive compulsive disorder. Providing information and support running self help groups, online support and advocacy services Call 0845 390 6232
Autscape A charity run by adults with autism. They organise an annual 3 day conference and have a chatlist so people can get talking to each other before they attend
National Autistic Society provides lots of information, resources and support for individuals, family members and professionals
ADDISS UK Attention Deficit Disorder Information & Support Service Helpline 020 8952 2800
Bereavement Advice Centre supports and advises people after a death in England & Wales. Website provides help with a range of practical issues. Call 0800 634 9494
Cruse Bereavement Care offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. Their helpline is on 0808 808 1677
Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust was set up in 1998 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life due to depression. His family founded the Trust to educated people on the importance of staying well mentally. Delivers training in a wide range of setting to raise awareness of depression & reduce the stigma
Living Life to the Full An on line life skills course with modules that include; understanding why we feel the way we do, helpful and unhelpful thoughts and anxiety control.
Depression Alliance This web site contains information about the symptoms and treatment of depression
ABC (Anorexia & Bulimia Care) is an eating disorders organisation providing ongoing care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders. Including nutritional guidance and a befriending service. Helpine 0300 111 1213
Beat Information on all aspects of eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, binge eating & related eating disorders.
National Centre for Eating Disorders An organisation set up to provide solutions for all eating problems, compulsive or “binge” eating, failed or “yo-yo” dieting, bulimia and anorexia.
Health Related Issues
Healthcare in Berkshire provides details of all hospitals, walk in centres, out of hours clinics in Berkshire
Patient.UK Comprehensive, free, up-to-date health information
Health Talk provides free reliable information about health issues by sharing peoples real life experiences
Age Concern The UK’s largest organisation working with older people
Men’s Health Forum provides information on men’s health issues
Terence Higgins Trust The largest HIV and AIDS charity in the UK
Food for the Brain raising awareness of the importance of optimum nutrition on mental health. Small changes in diet and lifestyle can have big impact on mental health.
Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual
Stonewall works to achieve equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.
PACE Promoting lesbian and gay health and well being and offering low cost counselling
Pink Therapy A London based counselling practise working with sexual minority clients
Local Counselling Centres
ARC Information & Counselling Service Based in Wokingham, offering free counselling (evening sessions available)
Berkshire Counselling Centre Based in Wokingham, providing counselling to the community
Talking Therapies East Berkshire NHS funded counselling.
Relationships & Sexuality
Esther Perel has some fantastic blogs about being in love & having a fulfilling sex life
OMGYes.com is a hands-on, modern exploration website for women, based on research and using new touchscreen simulations so you can try it all yourself.
Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support.
Coming off contains useful information for people interested in learning more about coming off psychiatric medication in a careful, planned way.
Bracknell Forest Community Network aims to connect people recovering from ill health, helping them to remain socially connected, prevent relapse, develop confidence, life skills & resilience. Call 01344 823 300 to request an Introduction From
Mind The leading mental health charity in England and Wales. Working to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress.
Mental Health Foundation A leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems.
SANE Provides information and emotional support to those experiencing mental health problems, their families and carers.
CBT Online is an interactive site that teaches people about cognitive behavioural therapy skills to prevent and cope with depression
Elefriends run by Mind aims to provide a safe, supportive online community where everyone can share experiences relating to mental ill health and get support from people with similar experiences
Happyhealthy is an app linking brief daily reflection exercises to allow people to make more mindful decisions abut lifestyle exercise, nutrition and sleep to manage mental wellbeing
Headspace an app based around teaching mindfulness meditation principles to improve wellbeing
Mobile phone dependency
Article exploring the compulsion to check mobile phone
Professional Therapy Organisations
UK Therapy provides information about various types of therapy, training events and therapy related articles
Harmless is a user led organisation providing a range of services about self harm including support, information & training to people who self harm, their friends and families. Includes resources on alternative coping strategies
National Self Harm Network offers an online moderated forum for people affected by self harm
selfharmUK is a project dedicated to support young people, providing a safe space to talk, ask questions & be honest about whats going on in their lives. Run by Youthscape
Big White Wall is an online community of people who are anxious. down or not coping & support each other by sharing whats troubling them. Also availble as an app
Get Self Help website provides access free downloadable worksheets on a range of topics
Living Life to the Full course is a life skills course that provides access to practical & user-friendly training. The course content teaches key knowledge in how to tackle and respond to issues/demands which we all meet in our everyday lives.
Self help guides produced by Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust http://www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp titles cover a range of mental health issues.
Sleepio is an App for sleep management combining cognitive behavioural principles and the latest in sleep research
Stressbusting Provides lots of tips, techniques and suggestions for managing stress
WorkGuru is a web based stress management programme providing tools to build resilience and manage stress in the workplace
Trauma & Crisis
Assist is a charity dedicated to offering emotional & practical support to individuals & families affected by trauma.
Stay Alive App is a suicide prevention app, allowing users to create a list of resources & strategies to stay safe from suicide and links into crisis support availble
Samaritans are always ready to listen to anyone who needs to talk in a crisis. Call 116 123
Young Minds Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544 for concerned parents about their child’s emotional problems or behaviour
Maytree An adult respite sanctuary for the suicidal 0207 263 7070
Kooth provides online support for young people delivered by qualified counsellors via chat based service
Appyness App score your mood daily, top tips and signposting to local organisations
Childline Free helpline for young people. Call 0800 1111 free 24 hours a day
Daisy’s Dream offers advice & support for young people up to the age of 18 who have been bereaved.
Youth Line Free, confidential counselling for young people in Bracknell, aged 8 to 25 years.
Young Minds is committed to improving the mental health & emotional wellbeing of all children and young people.
RD4U a website designed for by young people. It supports people after the death of someone close.
Your Life, Your Future Booklet for young people on being in care and leaving care, what you should expect.
Students Against Depression for information and self help material
Relax Kids use mindfulness principles to support young people. Fab CDs and books