Hello World, it’s Lisa
If you’re looking at this page you’re probably here to find a super list of recourses regarding mental health, depression, anxiety and how to support someone experiencing any of this. Maybe you’re here because you’re not feeling too great either.
*Some important things to note* I’m not a qualified trained counsellor. This list does not substitute seeking professional medical or therapeutic support.
This list was compiled by a group of kind, wonderful souls who all responsed to a social media post asking for some recommendations and resources for anyone struggling with mental ill health; all of these recommendations come from lived experiences of battling, coping, sitting with, wading through, overcoming or living with depression, anxiety, PTSD and CPTSD.
Because we all experience the world differently the list has different sections; web-links, listening/videos, books/reading list, podcast & audiobook recommendations, create and self care acts & a list of awesome good people to follow on social media to get you feeling good about yourself.
Thank you to Jemma H, David B, Victoria H, Rachel Mc, Helen W, Ben J, Jade B, Emma P, Emily S, Clare C, Katie S, Helen S, Alexis M, Eve M, Kate C, Rosey T, Joe L, Leo G, Rachel B, Lou B, Sam J, Lily P, Tigga G, Mark W, Kirsty L, Aimee L, Fiona IA, Jane CB, Tori, Kate F, Amy R and everyone else who continues to send helpful resources and suggestions.
Here they are xxxx
Action For Happiness website
Action For Happiness Resource pages including the ‘find 3 good things each day’ activity:
BLURT foundation; Understanding Depression
BLURT foundation; hacks and hints for difficult days
MANCROFT ADVICE PROJECT; Support and advice for young people in Norwich and Norfolk
Get Self Help website; CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) resource downloads
Young Minds UK
Drug Rehab website; information on different rehabilitation resources, testimonials and information about addictions
LISTENING / VIDEO RESOURCES
Dear Sugars; (Sheryl and Steve read real letters from people who are facing struggles and dilemmas in their life; they offer compassionate, honest and vulnerable advice to the letter writers and listeners.)
Thinking Habits podcast (frank discussion about living with mental illness and the wider social and political impact)
The High Low podcast (a weekly pop culture and news podcast)
The Lively Show (a weekly podcast designed to uplift and inspire)
The Guilty Feminist (hilarious podcast detailing the struggles and triumphs of striving for equality)
Made of Human (a podcast all about connection)
The Harry Potter audiobooks
‘Make Someone Happy’ by Emily Coxhead (a creative kindness journal)
Buy a Subscription to ‘The Happy Newspaper’ and get some sunshine in the post
‘Start Where You Are’ by Meera Lee Patel; a journal for self exploration
‘My Friend Fear’ by Meera Lee Patel; finding magic in the unknown
‘Notes on a Nervous Planet’ by Matt Haig
‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig
‘How to Build A Girl’ by Caitlin Moran
‘Sane New World’ by Ruby Wax
‘The Happiness Hypothesis’ by Jonathan Haidt
‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D Salinger
‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ by Anne Frank
‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett
‘The Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman
‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr Seuss
‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ by Cheryl Strayed
‘Animal’ by Sara Pascoe
‘Body Positive Power’ by Megan Jayne Crabbe
‘Things Are What You Make Of Them’; life advice for creative adults by Adam J Kurtz
Paint a pebble (or two, or three, or a whole bunch!) with a hopeful message on it spreading love and kindness, hide it and make someone’s day when they find it! People have been doing these around whole towns and cities!
Make a Happy Jar! Get an old jar, make sure it’s clean, grab a pad of colourful paper, write notes of things you’re grateful for, fold them up, open and read on days to feel instantly sunnier. Alternatively you can make a happy jar for someone you love by writing on colourful paper all of the uniquely brilliant qualities that you love about that person. Another version is to write 3 things a day that have been good; a nice cup of tea, the sun in the sky, a bubble bath and then pop them in the jar and watch the jar fill up with lots of things that have made you feel good. You can also buy ready made Happy Jars by Emily Coxhead in lots of shops like Paperchase, John Lewis and independent art and card shops.
Here’s a link with a template to make your own from Mind’s website:
Colour! Find adult colouring in templates online or grab a book!
Lots of links to creative activities to support healthy mental health via the Mind website here;
MYO: a magazine that comes out twice a year with a whole bunch of art activities and hands on making kits;
Make pom poms!
SELF CARE ACTS
Treat yourself to a weekly bubble bath. Stock up on your fave shower gel/bath creme/ bath bomb (Nivea Indulgent Orange Shower Cream and Palmolive Honey & Milk are my two faves and are often on offer for £1 each).
Listen to one of the awesome podcasts that have been recommended
Buy a pair of colourful socks! I do this once a month and it actually does cheer me up on blue days. For mega cool bright colourful socks, check out @luckydipclub on Instagram
Create a badass playlist on Spotify that will lift your spirits and get you singing along
CURATE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FEED TO BE FULL OF WONDERFUL SOULS WHO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF & CONTRIBUTE IN A HEALTHY WAY TO YOUR LIFE!
We all know that social media can be as much of a curse as it is a blessing and if you’re depressed and anxious then chances are that spending lots of time on social media will leave you feeling a lot worse about yourself. I have started treating my social media feed as my own art gallery; curating what I want to see by following only awesome people.
Some awesome recommendations for Instagram accounts to follow are:
@katiethistleton – mental health advocate for young people
@bodyposipanda - body positive power
@bodyimage_therapist - body image therapy content
@projecthappiness - positive mental health content
@youngmindsuk - the UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health
@thepositivitypages - self care content and real stories about surviving mental ill health
@foodandpsych - content about the intersections between nutrition and mental health
@trewrussellbrand - content about overcoming addiction, taking up meditation and finding peace within yourself
@nikita_gill - poems that resonate with your soul
@mattzhaig - author of bestselling books about mental health, anxiety and the pitfalls of social media
@thevagaggle - intersectional feminist content
@zabbyallen - bright and colourful artist
@healgrowglow - a space to help you heal your soul set up by @gracefvictory ; who you should also follow
@florencegiven - feminist artist
@meeraleepatel - beautiful illustrator and writer
@thehappynewspaper - a newspaper to share positive news
@leopardprintelephant - writer, activist, non-binary megababe
@emilyrowanstudio - embroidery artist and mental health writer
@theartidote - a community to storytell, empathise, bond & heal through art and writing
@gumbo _the_doodle - a seriously cute dog
@andreadaviscounselling - counselling quotes and insight in to healing
@thelondonhughes - brilliant comedian
@rubyst - awesome colourful artist
@meeraleepatel - writer, illustrator and believer in magic
@theslumflower - author and all round goddess providing some much needed 21st century insight in to womanhood
@myocreate - a bi-annual magazine full of creative ideas and make your own kits
@ard_bakery - abstract cakes. just because they are nice to look at
@studiomucci - a rainbow instagram feed
@incolourfulcompany - a community for people who like to dress colourfully