Welcome to the Self Help Hub's guide to supporting services & resources - listed under this section M are resources supporting the following subject areas: Mask Anxiety, Medication, Mental Health, Men, Mindfulness and Meditation, Money.
Gov.uk - Government Guidelines
Government guidelines on the wearing of masks - when to wear them, how to make them; rules and law relating to face masks.
Information, requirements and tips about face masks and how to manage face mask anxiety.
More tips on how to reduce anxiety about wearing face masks.
Newsround - Advice for Communicating with Deaf People
Newsround TV article explaining how to communicate with deaf people while wearing a mask.
Young Minds (site information previously at Head Meds now here).
General information about medication but always consult your GP, this is not medical advice.
Baggy Trousers - "Have the Guts to Check Your Nuts"
A charity who raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer, actively promoting the benefits of early detection and visiting theGP if they detect any of the signs or symptoms. Follow this link here showing you how to 'check your nuts'.
Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence provide a completely confidential service for men of Asian, African and African-Caribbean origin, aged 13 and over across a wide range of issues. Their experienced counsellors are qualified in a range of therapies.
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
A site for young men aged 15-35 to help with a wide range of issues affecting wellbeing and mental health
They provide links to national and local support services for anyone looking for specialist help. Click link above to access self help guides across a wide range of issues.
Author James Hawes is on a mission to help men to develop emotional fitness. Described as a 'toolbox for men', it includes 50 practical tips to build emotional muscles, info' on what other men think and feel and tips on improving relationships.
Respect - Mens Advice Line
0808 80 10 3278 or email@example.com
Confidential helpline and support for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them. Offer advice and emotional support to men who experience abuse, and signpost to other vital services that help keep them and their children safe.
A bereavement charity for men aged 18+ to help men tackle the mental, emotional and physical health conditions brought about by bereavement. Sign up for their newsletter, read the blog or contact the Man2Man service for peer support.
Chat online or Message +44 7491 816064 on WhatsApp.
Offers a range of support services for male survivors of rape or sexual abuse. Established for male survivors but also welcomes anyone who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that we are the right fit for them.
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
A site for young men aged 15-35 to help with a wide range of issues affecting wellbeing and mental health.
CAMHS - Hounslow Borough
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services support young people under 18 within Hounslow Borough.
Childline - 0800 1111
24/7 confidential support for young people to age 18 about anything that's worrying you. Call, chat online or email. Watch this video to find out more - link here.
Getting It On
Regional charity for South West London providing information and services for 13-19 year olds on sexual and mental health issues, drugs & alcohol and relationship problems
Made of Millions
Global mental health resource for young adults and above providing information on a wide range of mental health conditions with information and advice including the Diagnosis and how it works, information on treatment and how to get help.
The Mix - 0808 808 4994
Crisis Messenger - text THEMIX to 85258.
Free information and support for under 25's in the UK. Get advice about sex, relationships, drugs, mental health, money, housing and jobs.
Qualified professional advocates can support children and young people through a range of services.
They work face to face with children and young people who are receiving treatment on a mental health unit - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). CAMHS advocacy support is provided within both private and NHS hospitals across the country.
Young people can refer themselves or be referred by a third party to the service or speak to the advocate during a regular drop in.
Support for mental health issues and those severely affected by them.
Royal College of Psychiatrists: Health Advice
Advice and information leaflets available on a range of mental health issues.
Information and support on mental illness.
Speak CAMHS Helpline - 0800 328 4444 option 2
(Please note: for Ealing, Hammersmith, Fulham and Hounslow areas)
If you are a young person living in the above areas and you are worried about your mental health you can call 'Speak CAMHS' for support. Parents, carers and professionals can also call the helpline if they are concerned about a young person's mental health.
Opening hours -
Monday to Friday: 8am to 11pm Weekends/Bank holidays: midday to 8pm
Outside these hours, crisis calls will be passed to an out of hours CAMHS professional. If they're not available to talk straight away, you can arrange a call back.
Teenbreathe Magazine & Blog
Teen Breathe is a bi-monthly magazine for ages 8-14 covering topics including mindfulness, wellbeing, creativity and health. Also have Insta page and blog.
Support provided in many areas, check website for your local office.
Hounslow support - 0300 330 5471 (Helpline Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
VoiceAbility supports people who face disadvantage or discrimination to have a voice that counts. We provide free and independent advocacy and user involvement services.
LOCAL WELLBEING SUPPORT:
HOUNSLOW & RICHMOND BOROUGHS:
ChatHealth Text Service - School Nursing Team (Hounslow & Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust) - 07507 333176
Young people aged 11-19 attending secondary school in Hounslow Borough can text the school nurses' team for confidential advice and support - if you are worried about any aspect of your health, feeling stressed about anything text 07507 333176 and a member of the NHS school nursing team will come back to you within 24 hours from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Local support for 11-25 year olds in Hounslow, Kingston and Richmond (UK). Self refer or via a professional. The Wild Mind Project is offering a safe, confidential space in nature for you to share your feelings with young people who are also struggling. Nature can help, it really can, and creative activities give you the chance to express yourself without judgment.
Check out the website to find details of the next FREE programme in your area for you to join.
“Wherever you are, at any moment, try and find something beautiful. A face, a line out of a poem, the clouds out of a window, some graffiti, a wind farm. Beauty cleans the mind.” ― Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive
Mindfulness and Meditation Apps
Check out the Calm, Headspace and Insider Track apps in our App Zone.
Website for a leading app for sleep, meditation and relaxation, with over 50 million downloads and over 700,000 positive reviews. Check out the Calm app in the App Zone.
Headspace have a meditation app (see App Zone) and also a Netflix 8-episode series - link to the trailer here which shows how meditation can help in your daily life. From tackling stress to embracing gratitude, each episode first teaches the basics and techniques of the practice, and then concludes with a guided meditation.
Ideas and resources to help you practice meditation and mindfulness.
Tara Brach - Mindfulness Meditations
Mindfulness expert Tara Brach offers a range of free meditations.
Financial Support Line for Victims of Domestic Abuse - 0808 196 8845
The national Support Line is run by Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) and Money Advice Plus. It offers specialist advice to people experiencing domestic abuse who are in financial difficulty.
It aims to empower people who have experienced or are experiencing abuse to regain control of their finances. Advisors on the Line will always take your safety and well-being into account when giving advice.
MoneyHelper brings together the support and services of three government-backed financial guidance providers: the Money Advice Service, the Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise.
MoneySavingExpert - Teen Cash Guide
A practical 'teenage survival guide to living in one of the most competitive consumer economies in the world'.
Independent charity, providing free, impartial debt advice by phone and online to people across the UK.
National Charity for debt advice - free debt advice that is based on a comprehensive assessment of your situation. They then provide practical help and support for however long it’s needed.
A national charity aiming to help people when times get tough including providing financial support to help get people back on track. Advice and information including for young people.
UCAS - About Student Finance
Information about undergraduate tuition fees and student loans. How much are tuition fees and how are you going to pay for them? Find out how to fund your studies and how to apply here.