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


WEBLINK RESOURCES

 Action For Happiness website

 http://www.actionforhappiness.org

 Action For Happiness Resource pages including the ‘find 3 good things each day’ activity: 

http://www.actionforhappiness.org/take-action/find-three-good-things-each-day

 BLURT foundation

https://www.blurtitout.org

 BLURT foundation; Understanding Depression

https://www.blurtitout.org/resource/understanding-depression/

 BLURT foundation; hacks and hints for difficult days

https://www.blurtitout.org/2016/06/14/managing-depression-hacks-hints-difficult-days/

MANCROFT ADVICE PROJECT; Support and advice for young people in Norwich and Norfolk

https://www.map.uk.net

Get Self Help website; CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) resource downloads

https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/gallery.htm

 Young Minds UK

https://youngminds.org.uk

Drug Rehab website; information on different rehabilitation resources, testimonials and information about addictions

https://www.drugrehab.com



LISTENING / VIDEO RESOURCES

“Through 'How to be a Woman' and 'How to Build a Girl', I've met a lot of teenage girls. And a lot of you are struggling. I wrote this letter to you - remember, you were not born scared, or self-loathing or overwhelmed. And sometimes, girls have to be mothers to themselves.” - CAITLIN MORAN

Poem: Mary Oliver - Wild Geese (rare live reading by her)

Megan talking about her experience of disordered eating.

Grace talking about her experience of depression.

“You are probably a bit of a blamer - most of us are. But why should we give it up? In this witty sequel to our most watched RSA Short, inspirational thinker Brené Brown considers why we blame others, how it sabotages our relationships, and why we desperately need to move beyond this toxic behaviour.”

“What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.”

Embrace Official Trailer 1 (2016) - rent the film for £5.49 on iTunes.


PODCASTS 

  • 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)


AUDIOBOOKS

  • The Harry Potter audiobooks


BOOKS/ READING

‘Make Someone Happy’ by Emily Coxhead (a creative kindness journal)

http://www.emilycoxhead.com/emilys-book

Buy a Subscription to ‘The Happy Newspaper’ and get some sunshine in the post

https://thehappynewspaper.com

‘Start Where You Are’ by Meera Lee Patel; a journal for self exploration

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Start-Where-You-Are-Self-Exploration/dp/1846149193/ref=pd_sbs_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1846149193&pd_rd_r=09db99a0-ba65-11e8-bedb-7fd6a4e41046&pd_rd_w=am6hl&pd_rd_wg=gOMCZ&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=85d62760-2a0e-407d-aa36-f3c03afc01c3&pf_rd_r=5D2VRTE2CFE568AVT0G4&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=5D2VRTE2CFE568AVT0G4

‘My Friend Fear’ by Meera Lee Patel; finding magic in the unknown

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Friend-Fear-Finding-Magic/dp/1846149746/ref=pd_sim_14_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1846149746&pd_rd_r=0d48fbec-ba65-11e8-89af-7b89811c1db6&pd_rd_w=3zG17&pd_rd_wg=mcWiV&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=84a780ce-12ed-4544-a9d7-b922bd82349c&pf_rd_r=3MDNTDRKTPDQ1BWNNE81&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=3MDNTDRKTPDQ1BWNNE81

‘Notes on a Nervous Planet’ by Matt Haig

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Notes-Nervous-Planet-Matt-Haig/dp/1786892677

‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reasons-Stay-Alive-Matt-Haig/dp/1782116826/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537177735&sr=1-1&keywords=reasons+to+stay+alive+matt+haig

‘How to Build A Girl’ by Caitlin Moran

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Build-Girl-Caitlin-Moran/dp/0091949017/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537177775&sr=1-4&keywords=Caitlin+moran

‘Sane New World’ by Ruby Wax

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sane-New-World-Taming-Mind/dp/1444755730

‘The Happiness Hypothesis’ by Jonathan Haidt

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happiness-Hypothesis-Putting-Ancient-Science/dp/0099478897

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D Salinger

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Catcher-Rye-J-D-Salinger/dp/0241950430/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537178328&sr=1-1&keywords=the+catcher+in+the+rye

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ by Anne Frank

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diary-Abridged-readers-Blackie-Fiction/dp/0141345357/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537178382&sr=1-3&keywords=the+diary+of+anne+frank

‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Garden-Wordsworth-Classics/dp/1840227540/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537178619&sr=1-1&keywords=the+secret+garden

‘The Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Northern-Lights-His-Dark-Materials/dp/1407130226/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537178677&sr=1-1&keywords=the+northern+lights+philip+pullman

‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr Seuss

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oh-Places-Youll-Dr-Seuss/dp/0007413572/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537178719&sr=1-1&keywords=oh+the+places+you%27ll+go+dr+seuss

‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ by Cheryl Strayed

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tiny-Beautiful-Things-Advice-Someone/dp/1782390693

‘Animal’ by Sara Pascoe

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Animal-Autobiography-Female-Sara-Pascoe/dp/0571325246/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537179510&sr=1-1&keywords=animal+sara+pascoe

‘Body Positive Power’ by Megan Jayne Crabbe

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Body-Positive-Power-dieting-peace/dp/1785041320

‘Things Are What You Make Of Them’; life advice for creative adults by Adam J Kurtz

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Things-Are-What-Make-Them/dp/0143131516/ref=pd_sim_14_7?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0143131516&pd_rd_r=1ef64840-ba65-11e8-a6dd-ef0bd8adc9ae&pd_rd_w=Ckh5W&pd_rd_wg=pfZ5t&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=84a780ce-12ed-4544-a9d7-b922bd82349c&pf_rd_r=SC6240P68M1JVVC1SW4A&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=SC6240P68M1JVVC1SW4A


GETTING CREATIVE

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:

https://www.mind.org.uk/media/23867801/happy-box-template.pdf?ctaId=/get-involved/donate-or-fundraise/do-your-own-fundraising/crafternoon/crafty-templates/slices/happy-jar-template/

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;

https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/donate-or-fundraise/do-your-own-fundraising/crafternoon/crafty-templates/

MYO: a magazine that comes out twice a year with a whole bunch of art activities and hands on making kits;

https://myocreate.com

Bake!

Make pom poms!

Henna cones!


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:

FOLLOW:

 @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

Love and Light to all XXXXXXXXXX