Helping Yourself2018-07-30T14:10:30+00:00

Helping Yourself

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Helping yourself-support services

Having trusted people around you who are able to offer support during difficult times is important, but we know that it’s not always easy to open up to loved ones and talk about how you’re feeling.  The good news is that there are many ways you can help yourself, as there is a wealth of information, advice and self-help resources out there for you…taking a look can be the first step towards improved wellbeing.

Websites

There are lots of helpful websites online that provide information and support surrounding emotional wellbeing, all at a click of a button! Many websites also provide advice and guidance to parents and carers.  Take some time to search for ones that may help and benefit you…here’s a selection to get you started:

Mindhub Wales

A hub that’s been created by young people for young people, providing quick links to local and national emotional wellbeing services, all categorised and easy to follow.

 http://mindhub.wales/

Mindhub Wales
Mindhub Wales
Mindhub Wales

Stepiau

A website providing really useful self-help leaflets and info sheets that cover a range of issues from anxiety, stress and low mood, to managing anger, bereavement and eating disorders.

 http://www.stepiau.org/

Stepiau

Meic

The advocacy, advice and information helpline for children in Wales, providing the options to chat online, on the phone or through text.

 https://www.meiccymru.org/

meiccymru

Young Minds

Lots of information, advice and guidance for both young people and their parent(s)/carer(s) surrounding mental health.

 https://youngminds.org.uk/

Young Minds

The Mix

A support service for young people to help any challenges you’re facing – from mental health to money, from break-ups to drugs.

 http://www.themix.org.uk/

The Mix

Teens Health

A general health website packed with useful hints and tips for all health and wellbeing matters.

 http://teenshealth.org/en/teens/

Teens Health

YMCA Cardiff

Provides information on the current projects running in Cardiff and the Vale for young carers between the ages 7-18.

 YMCA Cardiff

ymca cardiff

dan 24/7 (Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline)

A drug and alcohol website providing loads of information on substances, along with a 24 hour free and bilingual helpline and text service.

 http://dan247.org.uk/

Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline

Apps

If you have access to a smart phone, then downloading apps can be a really easy and effective way to understand, manage and regulate your mood, no matter where you are.  Here are a few of our favourite apps:

Calm

Designed to reduce anxiety and improve sleep and mood through meditation.

MindShift

Designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety.

Superbetter

Helps build personal resilience: the ability to stay strong, motivated, and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges.

headspace app

Headspace

Helps to train your mind through guided meditation to reduce stress and improve wellbeing.

Rise Up + Recover

Rise Up + Recover

Helps those struggling with food, exercise, dieting and body image

If you’d like to take a break from technology then there are plenty of self-help books available providing excellent advice, support and information.  The Book Prescription Wales scheme allows you to borrow specially selected books recommended by mental health experts, from any library across Wales.  Ask your GP for more information.

Click here for a list of helpful books that cover a range of issues:

I need urgent help

If you are harming yourself in any way, or feeling like you no longer want to go on living then you may need to access support straight away.  If you, or someone you know, requires immediate medical assistance you should either request an emergency GP appointment or present at Accident and Emergency (A&E).

Here are a list of helplines open 24 hours a day that offer a safe space to talk (everything you say is confidential and you won’t need to give your real name) :

The Samaritans Freephone: 08457 909090

Emotional support to those who are feeling desperate and in need of someone to listen.

Childline Freephone: 0800 1111 (option to speak in Welsh)

A space for those up to the age of 19 to talk through problems, no matter how big or small, with trained counsellors.

Community Advice and Listening Line (C.A.L.L.) Freephone: 0800 132737 or Text ‘help’ to 81066

Provides emotional support and information on Mental Health and related matters to the people of Wales.

What our clients say

“The best thing about the service [is] how they [address] issues not as an alien subject but as a natural subject that can be overcome.”

Young person

“Things are better because I feel like I’m not alone anymore.”

Young Person

“It allowed me to structure better the techniques I have been trying to teach my child and adding a few and made him believe that they could work”

Parent