Helpful resources

Here we list some resources about mental health and emotional well-being, which you may find helpful. This includes websites, books, apps and social media. Much of the content below has come from people sharing their ideas and experiences about what helps them.

If you have any suggestions about what you have found useful, please email us.

Websites

BeMindful (opens new window) - a website about mindfulness from the Mental health Foundation, including online learning.

Free Mindfulness (opens new window) - downloadable meditation exercises.

Happier (opens new window) - a  website that focuses on gratitude and wellness, with free online courses and an online community. The Happier app includes a gratitude journal.

New Economics Foundation (opens new window) - information about the five factors associated with well-being.

NHS Choices (opens new window) - has information about meditation and mindfulness. Search ‘meditation’ or ‘mindfulness’.

TedTalks (opens new window) – TED (technology, entertainment and design) has a huge range of presentations from a variety of speakers, including inspirational authors such as  Brené Brown and innovators such as Steve Jobs. You can search for topics such as ‘health’, ‘stress’ or ‘mindfulness’.

Books

Facing the storm by Ray Owen (opens Amazon listing in new window).

Headspace guide to Mindfulness and Meditation by Andy Puddicome (the founder of ‘Headspace’ app) available as a printed and kindle book, and audio book from Audible (opens Amazon listing in new window).

Living through grief by Harold Bauman (opens Amazon listing in a new window).
Read our review of this book here.

Living with the enemy - Coping with the stress of chronic illness using CBT, mindfulness and acceptance by Ray Owen (opens Amazon listing in new window).
Read our review of this book here.

Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams (co-developer of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy). The book also includes a free CD of short meditations. Available as a printed and kindle copy, and audio book from Audible (opens Amazon listing in new window).

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax (who did a masters in mindfulness- based cognitive therapy). Available as a printed and kindle copy, and audio book from Audible (opens Amazon listing in a new window).

Sane New World: Taming the Mind by Ruby Wax (who did a masters in mindfulness- based cognitive therapy). Available as a printed and kindle copy, and audio book from Audible (opens Amazon listing in a new window).

Audible (opens new window) – audio books available from Amazon (you will need an audible account and there is a cost for books). This is a good site for anyone who prefers listening to, rather than reading, books. There are lots of books if you search for ‘mindfulness’, ‘breathing’ or ‘meditation’. Audible allows you to listen to samples from books before buying, and you can return a book if you do not enjoy it.

Online articles

A series of articles on emotional wellbeing and coping strategies, written by consultant clinical psychologist Graeme Gillespie.

How focusing on the important things in life can help
Five steps to emotional wellbeing
Coping with worry
What worry lies beneath

Apps

There are lots of different apps available for smartphones and tablets: you can search your device’s app store to find what is available. Here we list some apps that you may find helpful. Some apps require you to register with them, and some may have in-app purchases.

Aura app (opens new window) - offers meditations based on your current mood, mindful breathers and nature sounds. Also includes a reminder to meditate, and mood tracker. This app is free to download although you can subscribe to more (paid) content. Search your device app store for ‘Aura: meditations & mindfulness’.

Buddhify app (opens new window) - this is a meditation app, offering custom-made meditations for mindfulness. There is a one-off cost of £2 – £5 to download this app, depending on your device. Search your device app store for ‘Buddhify’.

Happier (opens new window) - the app includes a gratitude journal. Search your device app store for 'Happier'.

Headspace mindfulness app (opens new window) - this meditation and mindfulness app is available from Headspace. It is free to download but there is a cost for some of the content. Search your device app store for ‘Headspace’.

Insight Timer app (opens new window) - this app offers over 6,000 free guided meditations, and is free to download. Search your device app store for ‘Insight Timer’.

Social media

If you use social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, you can find and follow people who post quotes and inspirational messages. This is particularly good for people who like ‘visual’ images rather than just words.

Fitness trackers

Some fitness trackers (for example, the Fitbit charge 2 (opens new window), Apple Watch (opens new window) and Bellabeat LEAF(opens new window) ) have short ‘breathing’ or ‘relaxation’ features, which encourage you to do short breathing and focusing exercises. Check with individual fitness trackers about what they offer.

Useful organisations

British Association for Counselling and psychotherapy (opens new window) - a professional body that sets standards for counselling and psychological therapies in the UK. It has information on the website and details of registered qualified counsellors.

Mind (opens new window)- provides information about mental health conditions and advice, advocacy and support services. Local Mind services provide drop-in centres, counselling and befriending services.

Mental Health First Aid England (opens new window) - provides mental health awareness training to a variety of organisations, businesses and communities, and aims to increase the population’s mental health literacy and reduce the stigma around mental ill health.

Mental Health Foundation (opens new window) - provides information on mental health and tips for looking after your mental health. They also focus on preventing mental health problems.

NHS Choices (opens new window) - provides information on various aspects of mental health services.

Rethink Mental Illness (opens new window) - provides information and advice on mental health problems, practical, legal and welfare issues, as well as services and support groups.

Samaritans (opens new window) - runs a Freephone helpline. Although known as a service for people who feel suicidal, Samaritans are there for anyone who wants to talk.

Self management UK (opens new window) - self-management courses throughout the country for people with long-term conditions and for carers.

Young minds (opens new window) - for children and young people. Has information about mental health and services, including children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

Thank you to everyone who has shared their ideas and experiences, so that we can share them with you.