Mental Health Tool Kit
At the moment we are all living in extradentary times, its more important than ever that we all take time for ourselves and look after our mental health. While its good to keep up to date with current events, if news stories make you feel anxious or confused, think about switching off or limiting what you look at for a while. Social media could help you stay in touch with people, but might also make you feel anxious if people are sharing news stories or posting about their worries. Consider taking a break or limiting how you use social media. You might decide to view particular groups or pages but not scroll through timelines or newsfeeds.
We have brought together some info on this page that might be helpful in the coming weeks.
What to do if you are feeling anxious
If you have panic attacks or flashbacks, it might help to plan a 'safe space' in your home that you'll go to. You can also find ways to comfort yourself if you're feeling anxious. For example, there are games and puzzles you can use to distract yourself, and breathing exercises which may help. Living with anxiety can be very difficult but there are steps you can take which may help.
Lots of our people say when they are in crisis playing a game or puzzle helps them to distract themselves from what's going on.
Meditation can be a great way to calm the mind.
If you've ever wanted to learn how to meditate, but didn't know where to start, maybe Headspace could help you.
Simply download the Headspace app, and follow the step-by-step instructions. Headspace offers everything you need to begin a regular meditation practice. It's good for you too - in fact, it's been shown that just 30 days of meditation resulted in a 32% decrease in stress.
There is a paid service but if you wanted to you could just keep repeating the first free 10 day introduction course. Theres also lots of other free videos on Youtube.
Try a quick meditation session now using this video with Andy from Headspace!
Breathing exercises can help you cope and feel more in control.
Calming breathing techniques for stress, anxiety and panic take just a few minutes and can be done anywhere. You will get the most benefit if you do it regularly, as part of your daily routine. Try this...
Make yourself as comfortable as you can. If you can, loosen any clothes that restrict your breathing.
Let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it.
Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Breathe in gently and regularly. Some people find it helpful to count steadily from 1 to 5. You may not be able to reach 5 at first.
Then, without pausing or holding your breath, let it flow out gently, counting from 1 to 5 again, if you find this helpful.
Keep doing this for 3 to 5 minutes.
Charities & Services
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) 24/7 Helpline
The 24/7 Helpline number is 0800 953 0285
Manchester Community Response
If you need help, you can get it by calling
0800 234 6123.
Recovery Pathways offers time-limited programmes of activities that encourage independence, improve wellbeing and offers access to leisure, education and employment or volunteering opportunities.
10 am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Friendly volunteers are here to take your calls and listen to your concerns. They can provide information, advice and support on a range of mental health issues. Helpline:0161 832 37 36
As well as providing personalised mental health support, Blink offer online workshops including wellbeing, art, poetry and photography for more information visit
Frazzled Cafe meetings provide a ‘talk-in’ place where people who are feeling frazzled can meet fortnightly to talk and share their personal stories in a safe, anonymous and non-judgmental environment - a place where it's ok, to not be ok.
The One Manchester have lots of free copurses on offer with their training partners Skillgate. Training Platform offers free courses in topics such as Coping with isolation, Being Resilient, Stress, Mindfullness, Wellbeing and The science of happiness. What not get ion touch with Jane to book on! Jane.Betts@onemanchester.co.uk