Other resourcesThe following links are offered for your information only. You need to make your own decision about whether each of these sites is useful to you or not, and make yourself aware of the relevant terms and conditions.
Your campus counselling service is likely to have dedicated web pages giving self help advice alongside information about how to get counselling. Student Counselling in UK Universities offers information about the support available to UK university students. It has information on common student psychological and emotional problems via links to counselling service websites.
The Samaritans offer a confidential, anonymous email ‘listening’ service staffed by trained volunteers offering support for depression, suicide or any other problem. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will reply within 24 hrs. Or visit the website for details of the 24hr phone listening service.
Get Connected offers information a free UK-wide email and telephone helpline for young people. Helpline staff have access to a comprehensive database of information about counselling and all sorts of specific services, such as drug and alcohol services or those focused on particular issues like sexuality or self harm. They will talk things through and help you find the appropriate service in your local area. Calls are free from most mobiles and they can connect you to most of the services for free too.
Mind is a leading UK mental health charity run from the point of view of the mental health services user. It campaigns to improve policy, attitudes and local services. It also provides extensive information factsheets and booklets, written in clear language and accessible format. This link takes you to their online brochure list. Recommended titles include:
- Understanding… series: depression, manic depression, self harm
- Making sense of… series: antidepressants, cognitive behaviour therapy, counselling
- Mind guide to… series: food and mood, managing stress, massage, physical activity, relaxation, yoga.Moodgym
Tracking your mood has proven benefits, especially if you share how you are with a ‘buddy’. Moodscope is a very useful interactive mood testing and optional buddy system.
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
CALM has a website and a helpline aimed at young men with depression or other mental health problems – but the offer help to anyone who needs it. The site has challenging articles and debates as well as other resources.
The Depression Alliance is a user-focused UK charity for people with depression. You can use their website to find a local depression support group. They also have further information and community pages.Personal experiences of health and illness.
DIPEx is an extensive website with personal accounts by people from all walks of life of their experience of a wide range of illnesses and conditions, including depression. If you enjoyed reading the real student stories on this site, you may like to read or listen to further accounts of people’s experiences of depression, treatment for depression and strategies for recovery.
The GreenGym concept is about promoting health, fitness and wellbeing through physical work taking part in conservation activities. Organised groups follow a weekly programme of activities. The first GreenGym was started by a doctor in Oxfordshire and more groups are starting to take off throughout the country.
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