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General mental health | A-Z of common problems | Other sources of information

General mental health difficulties

  • www.livinglifetothefull.com
    Free self-help course, in the form of on-line modules. The approach used is CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), presented in an accessible way without jargon, to learn life skills.
  • www.cwgsy.net/private/get
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy explained, and includes a guide to resources and self-help programmes.
  • www.Madnotbad
    Personal exchange of experiences and self-help. Site includes an excellent and comprehensive list of links.
  • www.ukselfhelp.info
    A-Z of information sites including health and mental health issues.
  • http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/podcasts/
    Click on this link for direct access to podcasts on stress, eating, sleep and well-being topics.
  • www.mind.org.uk
    Mind provides information, a helpline, local Mind organisations and campaigns for better services.
  • www.newmindcounselling.org.uk/
    Serving Kirklees and surrounding areas.
  • www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk
    Self-help guides on topics like stress, sleep, anger, shyness and detailed step-by-step active programme to manage problems in a way that suits the individual.
  • www.sane.org.uk
    Saneline provides practical information, crisis care, and emotional support to anybody affected by mental health problems. Sane campaigns for improved mental health services.
  • www.surgerydoor.co.uk
    Provides online leaflets on a range of problems. Follow medical conditions  -  mental health  - A-Z list
  • www.guidetopsychology.com
    This site has wealth of information about anger, stress, relaxation, fear of flying and much more
  • www.cci.health.wa.gov.au
    This site provides access to a range of self-help materials available based on the CBT approach but also including the mindfulness perspective. Navigate the site using the "Resources" and/or "Workbooks" tabs.
  • www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp
    Self Help Guides produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.  Titles cover a range of mental health issues.

A-Z index of common problems

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Abuse

  • www.ashianahelp.org.uk 
    Asian Women’s’ Refuge in Sheffield
  • www.napac.org.uk
    National Association for People Abused in Childhood. Provides information, support and a free helpline.
  • www.stopitnow.org
    Campaigning and awareness-raising site to prevent child sexual abuse. Has a very comprehensive list of links.
  • www.survivorsuk.org
    Support and information for men who have experienced sexual abuse.

Addictions

  • www.addaction.org.uk
    Help with drugs and alcohol misuse for young people and parents.
  • www.lifelinekirklees.org.uk/
    Supporting people who have problems with drugs or alcohol to change their behaviour and achieve their recovery goals
  • www.changegrowlive.org/
    Expert clinical treatment and tailored support programmes for people with alcohol and drug dependencies.
  • www.recovery.org.uk
    An online counselling service for people affected by alcohol and drug abuse, and by eating disorders, including a section aimed at young people.
  • www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
    Information and support, based on a 12-step recovery programme. Site gives details of local groups around the country.
  • www.al-anonuk.org.uk
    Organisation for family friends of problem drinkers, offering support, info and meetings. Includes Alateen for young people aged 12 to 20, experiencing difficulties with another person who is a problem-drinker.
  • www.alcoholsupport.com
    Kirklees service offering confidential support and help.
  • www.downyourdrink.org.uk
    Strategies for people wanting to reduce alcohol. Managed by Alcohol Concern.
  • www.talktofrank.com
    Information about drugs, aimed at young people. Also support and advice for those affected. Includes A to Z of drugs. Phone, email and online support all available.
  • www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk
    Offering info and support, including via helplines and by email, with some info aimed at young people and details of meetings.
  • www.gamcare.org.uk
    Online support via Netline, and a telephone helpline as well as info about gambling.
  • www.gamanon.org.uk
    For those affected by someone else’s gambling. Has a helpline and support meetings, listing locations in Huddersfield, Bradford and Leeds.
  • www.cybersexualaddiction.com 
    US site of info and self-help for anyone affected.
  • www.sexaddictionandcompulsivity.com
    A specialist UK charity that provides information and support on sex addiction and compulsivity to those with this problem, partners and therapists.
  • www.slaauk.org/
    SLAA is open to anyone who knows or thinks they have a problem with sex and love addiction.

Adoption

Anger management

  • www.angermanage.co.uk
    British Association of Anger Management. Includes tips, links and online resources. Also “Keep your Cool” kit.
  • www.angermgmt.com
    US site and with products/course for sale. However, it does offer practical info and helpful tips for free, with separate headings for workplace, children, and personal relationships.
  • www.brave-project.org
    Bradford Reducing Anger and Violent Emotions Project.
  • www.surgerydoor.co.uk
    A general health sites providing comprehensive online leaflets on anger.

Anxiety

  • www.algy.com/anxiety
    The Anxiety Panic internet resource (tAPir) is a grassroots site providing information, relief and support for general anxiety, social anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD, PTSD and children.
  • www.anxietycare.org.uk
    Information, tips, helpline, online support group, e-mail support.
  • www.anxietyuk.org.uk
    Formerly the National Phobics Society, this site offers lots of info on treatment and help, and a helpline.
  • www.anxiety2calm.com
    Offers an appraisal of treatments for anxiety, panic, OCD and depression, with lots of info. Also has some techniques for managing certain conditions eg insomnia. Mindfulness, phobias and fear of flying are covered too.
  • www.social-anxiety.org.uk
    This site acts as a starting point for people finding out more about social anxiety, with good links.
  • www.first-steps.org
    Provides a helpline and information for people with anxiety, phobias, panic, compulsions, eating disorders, and on tranquilisers. Offering telephone counselling and groups, books and tapes for sale.

Bereavement

  • www.bradfordbereavement.org.uk
    Free and confidential counselling and support service for people experiencing bereavement.
  • www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk
    CRUSE is a national organisation providing information, support and counselling for people affected by bereavement.  Groups are run in Kirklees, Leeds and elsewhere in West Yorkshire.
  • www.rd4u.org.uk
    CRUSE’s youth project site, for young people affected by loss, including a helpline.
  • www.uk-sobs.org.uk
    Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide is a self-help organisation offering practical and emotional support, including local groups and a helpline.

Bipolar Disorder

  • www.mdf.org.uk
    Manic Depression Fellowship Bipolar Organisation supports people affected and their carers, including local support group network.
  • www.pendulum.org
    US site produced for and by people affected by Bipolar Disorder.  Includes information, support, medication information and links.  Pendulum e-mail is an online support group.

Bullying

Confidence and shyness

  • www.self-confidence.co.uk
    Self-help articles on confidence, self-esteem, shyness, blushing etc, and a free 6-week confidence course.
  • www.shyandfree.com
    US site, with ideas for understanding and transforming shyness.

Counselling

  • www.womencentre.org.uk
    WomenCentre is a registered charity with a mission to improve the quality of life for women both locally and nationally.
  • www.uchm.org/
    A professional, affordable counselling service to anyone needing help to get through a difficult time.

Debt

Depression

  • www.studentdepression.org
    Offers a wealth of practical information and self-help strategies specifically aimed at students experiencing depression and/or suicidal thoughts.
  • www.moodgym.anu.edu.au
    Australian site. Free interactive CBT programme for preventing depression. CBT is cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which explores how thoughts, feelings and behaviour affect well-being, and develops coping skills to promote good mental health.
  • www.bluepages.anu.edu.au
    Also an Australian site, with info on depression related symptoms, treatment, prevention and resources. Blueboard is an online support group, and there is a downloadable muscle relaxation tape.
  • www.depressionalliance.org/
    Support and information for those affected by depression and their carers.
  • www.depressionuk.org
    Fellowship of Depressives Anonymous - a self-help organisation.
  • www.healthtalkonline.org/
    Personal experiences of health and illness - search by topic.  Includes a thorough section on managing depression.
  • www.postnataldepression.com
    Information and support for those affected and their partners.
  • www.sada.org.uk
    Information on symptoms and treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Disabilities

Domestic violence

  • www.pdvg.org/
    A registered charity that provides support, advice, information and safe accommodation to anyone that is affected by domestic violence.
  • www.pdvg.org/our-services/staying-safe-in-kirklees/
    Staying Safe in Kirklees provides support for any man or woman living in his / her own home in Kirklees, who is experiencing or has experienced domestic violence.
  • www.kirklees.gov.uk/
    Kirklees Domestic Violence Team offer support including counselling, legal advice, refuge accommodation and the Sanctuary Scheme, which can provide free security so that people can stay in their own home.
  • www.womensaid.org.uk
    Women's Aid Federation of England (Women's Aid) is the national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. Has a 24 hour helpline.

Eating disorders

Meditation and mindfulness

  • www.bemindful.co.uk
    This is a campaign by the Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness about mindfulness.  It includes an online ten minute meditation, and information about local courses.
  • www.breathworks-mindfulness.co.uk
    Managing stress, pain and promoting well-being using mindfulness.
  • www.meditationcenter.com
    Partly a commercial site, this also includes some simple meditations.
  • www.meditationinhuddersfield.org
    Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Huddersfield offers meditation workshops and has a World Peace Cafe (weekends).
  • www.wildmind.org
    Buddhist meditation practices to sample online and read about.  Online shop for guided meditations.

Mental illness

Muslim issues

Panic and phobias

  • www.nopanic.org.uk
    Support for sufferers of panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and tranquiliser withdrawal.
  • www.triumphoverphobia.com
    Runs a UK network of self-help groups to help people with phobias or OCD to overcome them.

Parenting

Physical health problems

Pregnancy

  • www.bpas.org/
    British Pregnancy Advisory Service site, with information and services relating to pregnancy.
  • www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk
    Information and support for those experiencing miscarriage.
  • www.uk-sands.org/
    Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society site, with information and support, including local self-help groups for parents and families.
  • www.talkthru.org.uk/
    Free and confidential counselling for women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy or baby loss.  

Rape and sexual assault

  • www.accused.me.uk/
    Support for those falsely accused of rape or another serious sexual offence.
  • www.krasacc.co.uk
    Working with female and male survivors of Rape, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse.
  • www.mankindcounselling.org.uk/
    Support services to men (18+) who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and/or adult sexual assault at any time in their lives.
  • www.rapecrisis.org.uk
    Information and services  for anyone affected by rape and sexual assault, including men. Site includes local groups and helplines.
  • www.starproject.co.uk
    Surviving Trauma After Rape is a project based in Wakefield offering support and counselling in West Yorkshire to women and men suffering rape or sexual assault.

Relationships

Self-harm

  • www.harmless.org.uk
    Clear info, coping strategies, email counselling support and an online forum for anyone affected.
  • www.nshn.co.uk
    National Self-Harm Network. An excellent site for survivors, families and professionals, which is survivor-led and provides info on broad-ranging support organisations and resources.
  • www.selfharm.net
    US site, including self help information, first aid and advice for friends and others affected.
  • www.lifesigns.org.uk/
    Self injury guidance and network. Info, online support and message board.
  • www.selfinjurysupport.co.uk
    Information and links to TESS, a text and e-mail service for young women in emotional distress and experiencing self-harm.

Sex and sexuality

  • www.mesmac.co.uk
    Yorkshire based sexual health project for gay and bisexual men. Provides information, resources, local groups, campaigns, phone lines and counselling.
  • www.huddersfieldonline.org.uk/
    Contraception & Sexual Health Centre at Greenhead Road, Huddersfield.
  • www.thebrunswickcentre.org.uk/
    The Brunswick Centre provides sexual health and HIV services across Calderdale & Kirklees.
  • www.hugg.org.uk
    Huddersfield Gay Men’s Group – site gives info about this social group’s meetings.
  • www.galyic.org.uk
    Support for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Calderdale.
  • www.gayswitchboard.org.uk
    Bradford lesbian and gay switchboard, offering a telephone helpline and information, which includes info for black and Asian people.
  • www.gendertrust.org.uk
    Information and support for adults who are transsexual, genderdysphoric or transgender.
  • www.northernconcord.org.uk
    For cross-dressers, transvestites, transsexuals, transgendered people and their families.

Stress

Suicide

  • www.samaritans.org.uk
    Samaritans site for those experiencing extreme distress or contemplating suicide. Services available by phone, email, letter or face-to-face.
  • www.papyrus-uk.org
    Prevention of Young Suicide. Site for young people, family and friends as well as professionals offering help and information for those considering or affected by suicide.

Welfare

  • www.adviceguide.org.uk 
    Citizen’s Advice Bureau site, with information on benefits, housing, employment, debt, consumer, legal and family issues.
  • www.huddersfield.su
    The University of Huddersfield's Students' Union site.
  • www.rightsofwomen.org.uk
    Info about legal rights and an advice line, for women.
  • www.thebrightsidetrust.org/
    Helps students cope with barriers to higher education. Site includes a “student calculator” to help with budgeting and financial management.
  • www.victimsupport.org
    Victim Support site, offering help for victims, witnesses and those affected by crime.

Young people

  • www.supportline.org.uk
    Provides emotional support to children, young adults as well as adults  by phone, email and post. Emphasis on positive coping strategies. Details of counsellors, agencies and support groups.
  • www.thesite.org
    Site managed by YouthNet UK for 16 to 25 year olds. Informative guide to many life issues.
  • www.youngminds.org.uk
    Accessible and informative – topics for children, young people and parents.
  • www.youthhealthtalk.org
    Peer support on health topics, including depression.

Other sources of information

  • citizensadvice.citizensadvice.org.uk/kirkleescab.htm
    Free, confidential and impartial advice on money, benefit, housing or employment problems. You may be facing a crisis, or just considering your options. 
  • www.lawcentres.org.uk/
    Law Centres defend the legal rights of people who cannot afford a lawyer.
  • www.student.counselling.co.uk
    Site produced by HUCS – Heads of University Counselling Services – including a Guide to Problems and Solutions. This gives examples of, and links directly to, web information produced by some University Counselling Services. Topics include: exams, homesickness, perfectionism, presentation anxiety, procrastination, fatigue and relaxation amongst many others.
  • www.victimsupport.org.uk/
    Support to move forward for those affected by crime.
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