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Self-Help

Wellbeing doesn’t have one set meaning. We might use it to talk about how we feel, how well we are coping with daily life or what feels possible at the moment. Good mental wellbeing doesn’t mean you are always happy or unaffected by your experiences. But poor wellbeing can make it more difficult to cope with daily life. However, there is so much we can do to help ourselves maintain our wellbeing and happiness. These self-help materials have been created in conjunction with the NHS Wellbeing in Mind Team who are working with our staff and students to ensure we are able to take early intervention to prevent any issues and to support our student’s mental health and wellbeing, to ensure that they can thrive. This includes self-help materials. Use the tiles below for information and simple self-help strategies aimed at improving mental wellbeing.

Apps to Help Support Your Mental Health

These apps can help you support your mental health and wellbeing. All the apps listed can be found on the NHS Apps Library, an online directory of trusted health and wellbeing apps that have been assessed to be clinically safe and secure to use. The apps listed have also been reviewed by health app evaluation and advisor organisation ORCHA.

Help with Anxiety

My Possible Self: The Mental Health App

Free, with in-app purchases

Take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour with the My Possible Self mental health app. Use the simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking. Record your experiences and track symptoms to better understand your mental health.

Stress & Anxiety Companion

Free, with in-app purchases

Stress & Anxiety Companion helps you handle stress and anxiety on-the-go. Using breathing exercises, relaxing music and games designed to calm the mind, the app helps you change negative thoughts to help you better cope with life's ups and downs.

Catch It

Free

Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.

Help with self-harm and/or suicidal thoughts

Calm Harm

Free

Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It's private and password protected.

distract

Free

The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention.

Help with sleep, relaxation and general wellbeing

Feeling Good: positive mindset

Free, with in-app purchases

Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset.

Chill Panda

Free

Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.

Student Health App

Free

The Student Health App provides easy access to more than 900 pages of reliable health information all in one place, specially created for university students. Use the app to reduce your worries, feel more confident and get the support you need at what can be a challenging time for any student.

eQoo: Emotional Fitness Game

Free, with in-app purchases

The eQuoo app uses adventure games designed by psychologists to help you increase your emotional fitness and teach you new psychological skills. You'll also find tips on how to communicate more effectively and maintain your mental wellbeing.

ThinkNinja

Free during coronavirus

ThinkNinja is a mental health app designed for 10 to 18 yr olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing and develop skills they can use to build resilience and stay well.

Young Minds (The UKs leading charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people) www.youngminds.org.uk

The Mix (The UKS leading support and advice service for under 25’s on a whole range of topics) www.themix.org.uk Telephone: 0808 808 4994

Child Line (National Organisation offering free confidential advice and support to children and young people www.childline.org.uk Tel 0800 1111

Calmzone.net (CALM- Campaign Against Living Miserably) aimed at young men www.thecalmzone.net Calm Helpline: 0800 585858

Samaritans (confidential emotional support 24 hours a day) www.samaritans.org Tel 116 123 - Text support number : 07725 90 90 90

Papyrus (Papyrus is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.) Hopeline UK 08000684141 - Text: 07786209697