mind

It’s all in the mind…

The pandemic changed so many things. We are still experiencing unsettling times due to the cost of living and climate crisis. All these things, and may others beside, naturally affects how we’re feeling.

We have a range of practical tips and resources for you to look at below, as well as links to other organisations if you need some specific support or maybe some information for a loved one or colleague.

“It is said that we can’t attain enlightenment, let alone feel contentment and joy, without seeing who we are and what we do, without seeing our patterns and our habits. This is called maitri – developing loving-kindness and an unconditional friendship with ourselves.”
Pema Chödrön

looking for local support but not sure where to start?

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Keep Your Head brings together reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

organisations offering support

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Action For Happiness

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. Encouraging everyone to see a fundamentally different way of life – where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.

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Anxiety UK

A UK national registered charity formed in 1970 for those affected by anxiety disorders. It is a user-led organisation, run by sufferers and ex-sufferers of anxiety disorders. Their website offers support, therapy and a range of resources.

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Andy's Man Club

Offer talking groups for men because… You’ve either been through a storm, are currently going through a storm or have a storm brewing in your life (online groups nationwide with nearest East of England club based in Peterborough).

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At a Loss

Offer bereavement services, counselling services and online resources. Live Chat is available along with links to other support groups including those going through bereavement just like you.

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Blue Smile

Offer a whole school approach to mental wellbeing. In addition to one-to-one counselling and therapy for children, aged three to 13, Blue Smile has an extensive range of services: individual and group support for school staff as well as workshops and group work for parents and children.

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Blurt Foundation

Blurt are dedicated to helping those affected by depression, offering resources and links to specialist organisations. Their inspring online shop includes their ‘Buddy Boxes’ self-care box of support for someone who needs it.

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Cambridge Community Arts

provide a range of mental health support services across England including supported housing, community services and employment services, all focused around recovery.

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Centre 33

provide a range of mental health support services across England including supported housing, community services and employment services, all focused around recovery.

CPSL Mind

Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) is a values-based, county-wide mental health charity.

Cruse

Grief is a natural process, but it can be devastating. Cruse can support you after the death of someone close.

Dad Matters

A Manchester based initiative but has a wealth of support for Dads to read or engage with. Dad Matters aim to help dads have successful relationships with their families, and to support dads with anxiety, stress and mental health issues.

How are You Peterborough

A website bringing together everything in the local Peterborough community that is good for mental wellbeing.

Every Mind Matters

Feeling stressed, anxious, low or struggling to sleep? Every Mind Matters and One You can help with expert advice and practical tips.

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Hub of Hope

Mental health database for local and national services by postcode.

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Illuminate

A Cambridge based not-for-profit organisation specialising in mental health coaching and training to help people make positive changes.

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Leapers

The team for people without a team. A dedicated support network for self employed people.

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Mental Health First Aid England

A national social enterprise delivery mental health first aid training. Their website also features a useful podcast focusing on whole self wellbein.

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Richmond Fellowship

Provide a range of mental health support services across England including supported housing, community services and employment services, all focused around recovery.

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Samaritans

Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free

 

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First Aid for Feelings

Helping people feel better, physically-mentally-socially. First Aid for Fellings, brought to you by The Helpful Clinic helps people feel better at work and at home. Whether you are experiencing stress, anxiety, anger, pain or tiredness, you can be supported to get back on track.

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podcasts to inspire

Action for Happiness feature a range of podcasts covering topics such as importance of community, power of meditation and how kindness and relationships can improve our overall physical health.

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
Carlos Castaneda

Videos made for the workplace wellbeing hub by CPSL Mind

BITE-SIZE Video 1

What is mental health and wellbeing?

Bite-size video 2

Coping with stress

BITE-SIZE VIDEO 3

Making a wellbeing plan

Feel free to download these 2 PDF documents to follow along with the exercises mentioned in the videos.

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apps for your mind

Calm – For sleep, meditation and relaxation. Try it for FREE for 7 days

Clarity – Mindfulness app for women, empowering women to practice self-care

Clementine – App for women. Hypnotherapy for sleep, confidence and anxiety

Deep Meditate – Build a more resilient mind through deep meditation. Deep Meditate gives you all the tools you need to learn meditation and practice it daily before sleep

Gratitude – an app that comes with free coaching, community and rewards. It encourages daily gratitude recoding via a journal to aid long-term wellbeing, improve sleep and build emotional strength

Headspace – Be kind to your mind. Less stressed. More resilient. Happier. It all starts with just a few minutes a day. The Headspace app features meditations, sleep exercises, bedtime sounds, and wind downs

I am Sober – This is more than just a free sobriety counter app. Along with tracking your sober days, it helps you build new habits and provides ongoing motivation

Insight Timer – Meditation, relaxation and sleep. The world’s largest FREE library of more than 80k guided meditations, 10k teachers & the world’s most loved meditation timer

WorryTree – The WorryTree app aims to help you take control of worry wherever you are. You can use the app to record whatever you feel worried about. It uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help you notice and challenge your worries. It can also help you create an action plan for managing worry

On the theme of mind wellbeing…

recommended reading

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scottishconstructionnow .com - it’s time to talk about mental health as much as physical safety in constructions

Senior construction safety consultant at Thomas & Adamson, highlights why mental health needs to be treated with the same degree of importance as physical health on construction sites.

In the construction industry, health and safety is most often thought about in terms of physical wellbeing such as personal protective equipment (PPE); items including high-vis outerwear, steel-capped boots, hard hats and safety goggles are expected as the bare minimum.

pandemic brain - article linkt to the Guardian newspaper

ft.com - link between wellbeing and productivity is made ‘clear’

The UK secretary of state for work and pensions, claiming Britain’s attitude to mental health had “gone too far” by medicalising the “normal anxieties of life” recently stoked a fierce debate. Some welcomed his no-nonsense approach; others criticised it as punitive. But the conversation highlighted the interplay between work and mental health. This is not only an issue for government ministers, doctors and those struggling with anxiety and depression, but also one for employers.

 

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msn.com - could ‘unhappiness leave’ make for a better work environment?

Suffering from chronic migraines which would often flare up ‘significantly’ and impact her ability to work, Sonya also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which can disrupt sleep, mental health and emotional sensitivity, and these days is often supported through workplace adjustments.

However, she never felt confident calling in sick, even when she felt unwell, uncomfortable and generally unhappy at work.

videos and audio clips

Learn how to use simple neuroscience to train your mind to start working for you. This episode is packed with insights you can start applying to your life right now so that by the end, you’ll know how to use a powerful filter in your brain to reset your mindset.

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist who decodes the web of neurons and electricity that make our minds tick–and make us human. In this episode of The TED Interview podcast, Eagleman shares tips on how to be a good steward to your brain so that you can build mental resilience.

Alan Wilson Watts was an English writer, speaker, and self-styled “philosophical entertainer”, known for interpreting and popularising Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu philosophy for a Western audience. Here’s a powerful and profound lecture on letting things go.

how do we keep our brains healthy?  BBC journalist Melissa Hogenboom explores the latest scientific research and has her own brain scanned and analysed, with intriguing results.

Is Mental Health important​ in the workplace? Tom Oxley, Director of Bamboo Mental Health explores all things related to workplace mental health, in this insightful video. 

Jim Carrey’s powerful speech will leave you speechless as he discusses spirituality, depression, and letting go. Possibly one of the most inspiring speeches you’ll hear.