Fantastic accessible information on understanding and coping with common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, stress and bereavement. Also alcohol issues, domestic violence and sleep. Available as leaflets and as audio files to download from Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
For detailed information about all types of mental health difficulty, therapies and medication see MIND the mental health charity.
More information about counselling
For a useful website about counselling training, different types of therapy, professional bodies and facts about how many people go to counselling in the UK see Counselling Directory
See article on how counselling can help with stress, which gives examples of different types of counselling that you might find helpful to address stress levels both through developing understanding of self and learning coping strategies.
For free guided mindfulness meditations ranging from a 3 min taster to complete meditation instructions go to the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center website.
Breathworks are a mindfulness for chronic illness training organisation that also provide many on-line resources, including articles and videos, and books such as 'Living Well with Pain & Illness - The mindful way to free yourself from pain & suffering' by Vidyamala Burch, 2008, Piatkus, London.
A free introductory mindfulness course is available by Headspace via an app downloadable to both Apple and Android devices. This has great support to help you through the common difficulties people can find when trying mindfulness for the first time and the option to upgrade if you wish to progress.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - ME/CFS
For useful downloadable booklets on ME/CFS including information on managing symptoms, pacing, information for employers and benefits guides go to Action for ME's website information page.
If you would like easy to understand information to help explain to loved ones what it is like to live with ME/CFS and suggest ways that they can support you, take a look at this page about my book CFS/ME Support for Family and Friends.
For people who live with persistent pain, a fantastic resource for information, worksheets, learning and courses is The Pain Toolkit.
Shiatsu massage, physiotherapy and acupuncture in Liverpool for chronic physical health problems, stress related issues and injuries delivered with compassion and empathy by the wise, experienced Andy Scott.
The Samaritans provide 24 hour a day, 365 day a year free support to people in emotional difficulty. Just call 116 123 to talk to someone or email [email protected]
Pacing is a helpful strategy for managing many health conditions that involve fatigue such as chronic pain, endometriosis, ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, and also when recovering from depression and stress. See link for my guide to pacing.