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Well-being resources

What is self-care?

Self-care can be:

  1. Taking a step back
  2. Asking for help
  3. Forgiving yourself
  4. Spending time alone
  5. Putting yourself first
  6. Asking for what you need
  7. Setting boundaries
  8. Staying at home
  9. Saying “no”
  10. Looking after your health first


Some statistics you might be interested in:

  • 1 in 4 people are affected by mental health.
  • In England 1 in 5 people experience a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression in any given week.
  • Coping with mental health problems is becoming increasingly difficult as there is a growing number of people feeling suicidal or self-harming.
  • Women were more likely than men to report ever having been diagnosed with a mental health problem (33 per cent compared with 19 per cent of males)

(Mind, 2014; The Health foundation, 2019)

According to the Samaritans report, in 2018, 4,903 men took their own lives and 1,604 women took their lives that year. This indicates how the problem of suicide is a lot worse among men.

The following is a myth:

  • “I can’t do anything to support someone with a mental health problem”.
  • FACT: There are lots that can be done to help
  • Check in, listen, don’t judge, treat them the same way, and ASK TWICE

What strategies do I use to help myself?

  1. Regularly journal my thoughts and goals
  2. Counselling and hypnotherapy
  3. Cranial osteopathy sessions
  4. Exercising regularly
  5. Daily meditation
  6. Walks in nature
  7. Deep breathing
  8. Yoga
  9. Painting positive affirmations and then using them to help others and myself to spread positivity
  10. Talk to friends and family regularly
  11. Sing karaoke
  12. Dance crazy
  13. Create my own workouts to self-motivate myself
  14. Push myself towards new challenges constantly (physical and mental)
  15. Never give up

I feel good keeping up with a combination of the few of the above on a daily basis.


Self-help advice and resources

  • In crisis, often when someone is stuck or if they feel extremely suicidal then patients can go to A and E as there is crisis team or call 999..
  • Call 111 for further support or to see their GP urgently
  • Samaritans UK can be contacted 116 123. Free one to one, 24 hours service for someone to listen.
  • SHOUT – 85258 – Crisis text line.

Below are some useful websites: