How to Help Yourself and Others?
1. If you’re feeling like your wellbeing is suffering then it’s always good to talk to someone that you can trust and who may be able to offer you support. Pick someone you can confide in. If you feel you can’t talk to someone in person then go to a reliable website or online support as many online services offer chat options to help people offload their issues and seek support. There is a list of local and national support agencies and services listed in this section that can help you if your wellbeing is suffering.
2. Take steps towards positive wellbeing. The five steps to wellbeing that have been developed by the New Economics Foundation are an evidenced based approach to help people become mindful on improving their wellbeing. They are a good approach for everyone when thinking about overall wellbeing and include:
Step 1 - Connect with people around you and spend time developing these relationships. When life is challenging, friends, family or your community could help you get through difficult times. You can interact with people at home, school or through activities you enjoy and you should try to do this with at least one person, face to face, every day
Step 2 - Be active - exercise is good for raising your self-esteem and activity levels and can help you to interact with other people, which is good for your mental health. It doesn’t always have to be intense and it doesn’t have to be done in a gym, slower paced activities can be just as good for you. This could be going for a walk, running, dancing, doing a sport, but most importantly finding an activity you enjoy and could make a regular part of your life.
Step 3 - Take Notice - be aware of your surroundings and your feelings. Take time out to reflect on the experiences you have and be aware of what is happening around you. Some people call this “mindfulness” and it can positively change how you feel about life and how you tackle challenges. Take regular time out for yourself to understand your feelings and what it is that really matters to you.
Step 4 - Learn - learning can increase your self-confidence as well as being fun. It can help you interact with other people and you may enjoy setting yourself new challenges. This doesn’t just mean studying for qualifications, you could try a new activity you think you would enjoy or re-start an old one.
Step 5 - Give - giving can make us feel happy. Doing something kind for a friend or stranger has been shown to have an effect on your stress levels. Even the smallest act can count, like smiling or saying thank you, or volunteering your time to help someone else. This can be rewarding to you and help you make links with other people.
3. Be a good friend We’ve already mentioned the ‘5 steps to wellbeing’ and how people can think about improving their wellbeing. Further ways you can help other people, family members or friends is to look out for them if you know their wellbeing may be suffering. Ways of doing this can involve doing something nice or making time for someone. This may be a simple but effective way in supporting another person just by asking how they are, listening or suggesting doing something positive together. Some other things you can do to support a friend etc is to:
Let them know you’re thinking of them by sending a text or email
Agree a plan to do things together such as a trip out
Congratulate them for being active and mindful on helping themselves
Remind them that you are there to listen
Encourage them to make next steps to improve their wellbeing such as visiting their GP or getting online support
Encourage them to be physically active, eat well and sleep well
Help them make contact with services if they are worried or nervous about seeking help
4. Use wellbeing support apps if you feel you can't speak to someone in person of on the phone we have a list of handy and useful support website and mobile phone apps that offer young people information, help and advice concerning wellbeing issues. To look at the list please click here.
5. If you’re a young person and need help, information, advice or support concerning wellbeing related issues then help is available from:
Kooth – Kooth provides users with a free, confidential, safe and above all anonymous way to ask for help. It's currently available to over half a million 11-25 year olds in England and Wales and is available for all 11-25 year olds in Knowsley. Website: www.kooth.com
Knowsley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). CAMHS are here for people aged up to 18, and can help with lots of problems or worries such as if you’re feeling depressed, not enjoying food, feeling panicked or scared, having trouble concentrating, or having problems with your family life. You need to be referred to access this service. A professional (e.g. teacher, youth worker, GP or nurse) can refer you to CAMHS.
Young Minds -Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Parent Helpline - 0808 802 5544 www.youngminds.org.uk
School Nursing Service - Children’s Community Nursing Service – CCNS offers support and advice for pregnant women, children, young people and their parents/carers living in Knowsley up to the age of 19. There are six teams covering all schools across Knowsley. Website: http://www.knowsleyccns.co.uk/services/school-nursing/
- NHS Choices - A collection of videos to find out about different mental health conditions and the help and support available, plus advice on coping with life events and how lifestyle can impact mental health.
Link - http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/young-people-and-mental-health-videowall.aspx
Rise Above - A website with information on a collection of topics from body image, love life to mental health.
Link - https://riseabove.org.uk/