Mental Health

Books, online communities and helplines.

Mental Health problems can be as difficult to talk about as they are to live with them. More people than you think are suffering with one of the conditions that comes under the mental health title and many of them in silence because they are afraid to tell someone or ask for help because of how others may judge them, or treat them differently.

You Are Not Alone, I promise you of that even though it might feel like that right now. Here are some sites that I hope will help you find the help you need. Sometimes you just need to hear someone else say its OK to ask for help. I’ll say it for you; ‘Its ok to ask for help, I give you permission to put yourself first, you deserve the best life you can possibly have. Its ok to be scared and its ok to try something different and seek help.’

I wish you the courage to find help, as I  know it takes a lot of courage to ask for help. As a quote I loved very much but have forgotten where I read it; depression is not a sign of weakness it is a sign you have been strong for too long.

Mental Health; helplines,online communities and support

Mental Health; Helplines

Mental Health; Online communities

  • Elefriends (UK) Mind online community. I use this and its superb, highly recommend this one for support from people with issues like you, who GET how it feels day to day.
  • SANE.org uk online community and much more.
  • BWW. Big White Wall. Online community network for people with mental health issues.

Information about accessing Mental Health support

Feeling Suicidal?

Urgent help

  • Read this first: http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/
  • Maytree is a sanctuary for the suicidal.
  • Samaritans (UK). Thank goodness for the internet! If you can’t use the phone they also have email assistance if you want to ‘chat’ but not pick up the phone.
  • Papyrus: Site for support for Young people with Suicidal feelings. Email option pat@papyrus-uk.org or text: 07786209697

Going forwards

  • Matt Haigs book Reasons to Stay Alive. This book is excellent and can be a way to share with others the pain of depression, and what it feels like, when you don’t have the words to explain it to them and they don’t understand what its like for you.

 

Alternatives to medicines

  • Bach Flower Remedies. If you would like to try a natural not chemical help for your mental health symptoms, useful if you are unable to use anti depressants. DO check with your GP/Pharmacy if you are on any other medication before you use them though.
  • Meditation can really help, see the books below on Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness. If CBT didn’t work for you please give mindfulness a go, its not about judging you or what got you to the page you are on, but it does have helpful strategies for how to survive and perhaps thrive on the page you are on right now. See books below
  • Free mindfulness: http://www.freemindfulness.org/home

Books listed later in the article.

Useful books with coping strategies for living with mental health issues

These are books I’ve read or started reading that I’ve found useful

Most useful

  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig If you are really struggling to find reasons to stay, this book is for you. It saved my life, it might just save yours too. *Get this book*
  • Sane New World by Ruby Wax. Fantastic book, first half helps you understand why we think the way we do and the second half is full of useful techniques for coping strategies. You need this book! If you can only get one GET THIS ONE. *Get this book*
  • The Mindfulway Workbook by Teasdale, Williams and Segal. Awesome meditations on the CD really helpful highly recommend it. If you have no prior knowledge of Mindfulness go with Mindful Way through Depression for more about WHY mindfulness might help. but still get this for the superb meditations on the CD
  • The Mindful Way through Depression by Teasdale, Williams and Segal. I’m still reading this, it has more background into the Mindfulness techniques.
  • The Complete CBT Guide for Depression and Low Mood. Helps explain problems really well and solutions are healing and helpful. Its a BIG book but read the first part and you could just go to the chapter relating to issues most affecting you right now.

Haven’t finished reading but worth a look.

Its well worth doing a search on Amazon for Vidyamala’s meditation cd too, haven’t tried any yet, but there are plenty to choose from.

If you haven’t got on with CBT please do consider looking into  Mindfulness. Mindfulness is based on concepts from Buddhist teachings, the following books are more mindfulness based, think of them as options, different ways of thinking without the ‘You are doing it all wrong’ bias that some self help books and indeed therapies have taken. Very healing.

Mindfulness related books

When nothing makes sense, these books are really good for finding a new way to look at right now, this moment.

 

  • The Mindful Way through Depression by Teasdale, Williams and Segal. I’m still reading this, it has more background into the Mindfulness techniques. This has a CD of meditations too.
  • The Mindfulway Workbook by Teasdale, Williams and Segal. Awesome meditations on the CD really helpful highly recommend it. If you have no prior knowledge of Mindfulness go with Mindful Way through Depression for more about WHY mindfulness might help. but still get this for the superb meditations on the CD

 

Pema Chodron

As well as paperbacks and ebook versions there are also a lot of options by this author in audio books, for times when reading or holding books is difficult. The one I have so far is;

Thich Nhat Hanh

As well as paperbacks and ebook versions there are also a lot of options by these authors in audio books, for times when reading or holding books is difficult.

Tai Sheridan

Buddha in Blue Jeans Great quotes to get you through your day

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading,

Sending you peace, light, hope, courage and compassion.

If you find any dead links please let me know in comments and I will attempt to fix them.

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4 thoughts on “Mental Health

  1. Pingback: Reasons to Stay Alive and other life changing books | A Space to Heal

  2. Superb Reading.
    So insightful & so helpful. Thankyou so very much for creating this page. To have so many links and such good advice in one place is so accessible, especially when you cannot think very well.
    Very thoughtful & much appreciated.

    Becky. x

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  3. Pingback: Time to speak out about living with mental health issues. – A Space to Heal

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