Support Resources Self-help, Empowerment and Self- Advocacy Websites and Apps
This page offers a mulitude of support resources. There are two sections, in the first section you can search a list of organisations relating to particular health and social issues. The second section provides an additional list of Self-help, Empowerment and Self- Advocacy Websites and Apps.
- Aids and HIV
- Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
- Alzheimers and Dementia Services
- Autism and Aspergers
- Babies, Young Children and Families
- Bereavement Support, Cot Death and Counselling
- Big Picture
- Cerebral Palsy
- Child Protection
- Counselling Services
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Down ’s syndrome
- Eating Disorders – Healthy Eating
- Elderly Support
- Health and Counselling
- Health Conditions
- Hearing Impairment
- Heart Care – Stroke
- Homelessness – Housing Support
- Men’s Support Groups
- Mental Illness
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Sexual Health
- Spina Bifida
- Vision Impairment
- Voluntary Organisations
- Women’s Support Groups
- Youth Support Groups
Doc Ready – http://www.docready.org
Useful resource developed by young people in Bristol, a website with app like layout for people to use to create a plan for a visit to their GP to discuss their mental health.
MOMO – http://mindofmyown.org.uk/
A self advocacy app for looked after or care leaving young people to use in advance of or at any meetings with social services, health professions, care workers, teachers and so on.
Living Life to the Full – http://www.llttf.com/ – free online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course
Recovery Record: http://recoveryrecord.com/ This is an eating disorder recovery app, free for people experiencing eating disorders to download. It has lots of features including; food diary, food reminder and mood rating option. Includes quotes and activities.
Mindfull – http://www.mindfull.org/ Self-help, mentoring and counselling online for 11-17 year olds (funding dependent potentially extending to older young people)
Madly in Love – http://www.madlyinlove.co.uk/ a website where young people can share experiences about sex, love and mental health and get advice and information.
Youth Health Talk – http://youthhealthtalk.org a website of young people’s experiences to get advice and support from other young people in the same situation.
Innovation Labs – http://www.innovationlabs.org.uk a list of all the apps and websites currently being designed by Innovation Labs to improve mental health.
Smiling Mind – http://smilingmind.com.au/
Meditation for every age, in four categories – age 7–11, 12–15, 16–22 and ‘adult’.
Headspace – http://www.getsomeheadspace.com/
A popular app, free download for a ten day mindfulness programme (which you keep so can use the ten days any time) and paid if you want more.
Re-capture– http://re-captureproject.com/ An online and offline gallery of personal stories of recovery from eating disorders. Entries combine words and a photograph to create powerful images of hope
Buddhify – http://buddhify.com/
A popular mindfulness app, you select your activity from a list, what you are aiming for (e.g. clarity, joy, concentration) and listen as you do your activity. It is free) and you can pick a male or female voice.
SAM – Self help for Anxiety Management – http://sam-app.org.uk/ helps you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection. Also enables you to share your experiences with the SAM community while protecting your identity.
Something Fishy – http://www.something-fishy.org/ Raising awareness and providing support to people with eating disorders, and their loved-ones, since 1995. User generated content, games and support forums – pro recovery.
Beat – http://www.b-eat.co.uk/ helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups
1 Million Reasons to Live – http://1000000reasons.tumblr.com/ suicide prevention Tumblr
Five Ways to Wellbeing – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.somerset.fiveways (available for ios as well) aims to help people feel happier and healthier by encouraging them to do simple things under the headings of Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. It allows people to reflect on their wellbeing, set activities to help improve their wellbeing and track their progress – all from the comfort of a phone.
Life Signs – http://www.lifesigns.org.uk/ User led voluntary organisation creating understanding about self-injury guiding people who hurt themselves towards new ways of coping, when they’re ready for the journey.
Phobia Free– http://virtually-free.com/phobia-free/ Phobia Free aims to help with fear of animals. The current app deals with spiders using systematic desensitisation.
This free app isn’t all that aesthetically pleasing, but it contains a huge amount of distractions, mindfulness exercises, quotes, and clear descriptions of DBT skills, and I think it is probably more accessible than the one above. This also has a crisis list and you can build in relevant information yourself.
My psych app – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mypsych/id529223913?mt=8 allows you to record lifestyle and mood information. It also lets you set goals and add in safety plans and contacts.
This is an app providing information about and alternatives to self harm. All crisis info is American however.
Moodscope – https://www.moodscope.com/ measure your mood each day by flipping 20 cards with emotions such as “nervous” and “alert” to a score from 0-3 depending on how strongly you feel it. Moodscope turns your scores into a percentage and tracks on a graph you can add notes to and see what triggers both good and bad days. You can have your scores emailed to a friend or family member as well.
Private video recording platform for people to record their thoughts, also logs other information (with user permission), such as weather, fitness and health (via API to platforms like Fitbit and Nike+ Fuelband), and other extra information such that when looking back at past videos, they become even more useful as a complete life logging tool
Selfharm.co.uk – http://www.selfharm.co.uk/ Support and information for people who self harm
This CBT app is free and has all the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy essentials on it.
This is an expensive app at £13 but claims to help improve your mood.
Get Self Help – http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/ Downloadable self-help resources and links to other websites and resources for specific situations.
Body Gossip – http://www.bodygossip.org/ Empowering people through education and arts projects around body image.
The Butterfly Project – http://butterfly-project.tumblr.com Online campaign to encourage alternatives to self-harm.
Reach Out – http://reachout.com Reach out is a comprehensive portal for young people that enables them to find information, use apps, and find help with mental health and wellbeing. Originally in Australia the model has been exported to Ireland and the USA, content is available here.
To be launched:
Flowy – http://flowygame.com/ is targeted at people experiencing anxiety and panic disorders. It’s an interactive game, loaded on your smart-phone that you play using your own breath. The aim is that a play session with Flowy will immediately alleviate the symptoms of a panic attack.
Agoraphobia Free – http://virtually-free.com/agoraphobia-free/ training and education through virtual therapy sessions using voice-acted animations and an exposure component that comes via virtual environments that expose the person to the situations they fear. It then encourages the person to attempt those same situations for real using the sensors on the mobile device to set goals and deliver just-in-time interventions. It will use serious games and game-like mechanics to make the therapy as engaging as possible with the aim to maximise the number of people that are able to complete it.
Sparx – https://www.sparx.org.nz/ computer program that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed, currently only available in New Zealand until tested.