Useful resources and further reading

The following are organisations and resources that you may find helpful.

Mental health

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. 
Also has a website about mindfulness (opens new window) 

Mind (for better mental health) (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.
0300 123 3393 or text 86463, 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday.

Rethink Mental Illness (opens new window)
Provides information and advice on mental health problems, practical, legal and welfare issues. Provides services and support groups.
0300 5000 927, 9.30am – 4pm, Monday – Friday.

Samaritans (opens new window)
A Freephone helpline. Although known as a service for people who feel suicidal, Samaritans are there for anyone who wants to talk.
116 123, 24 hours a day, every day.

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).


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

Books and articles

‘Living with the enemy – coping with the stress of chronic illness using CBT, mindfulness and acceptance’ by Ray Owen, Routledge Press. 
Read our review

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


Headspace mindfulness app (opens new window)
A free meditation and mindfulness app available from Headspace. Search your device app store for ‘Headspace’.

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

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’.

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©Cardiomyopathy UK. October 2017