This page contains permanent links to resources that may be of interest to parents and carers.
Mental Health Recources
These mental health resources listed below have been recommended to us, either by professionals or through our own experiences. We’re not recommending any particular service (they are listed alphabetically) and recommend that families should always seek medical advice through their GP in additional to these resources.
Beat is the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape.
Free App. Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change. As they highlight; the app is an aid to treatment but does not replace it.
Cared Eating Disorders is designed to help parents and carers of young people (aged up to 25) in Scotland who have recently received a diagnosis of an eating disorder and are about to or have just started treatment.
FEAST is a global community of parents, and those who support parents. They provide small booklets for the use of families facing an eating disorder diagnosis as well as videos and a 24/7 online support forum.
Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous online support for young people and is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
(£15 for individual access). Developed by Chris Williams, Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow, these CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) based courses help young people learn new skills for life in a fun way. These resources help parents and care givers to support young people to learn key life skills, that can give them a growing sense of control over how they feel and how they react.
(around £25 for 1 year) Moodgym is an Australian online self-help program designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is like an interactive, online self-help book which teaches skills based on cognitive behaviour therapy. moodgym consists of five interactive modules which are completed in order. Questions on feelings and thoughts, feedback on results, progressing through the workbook.
Moodjuice is an Internet site developed by Choose Life Falkirk and the Adult Clinical Psychology Service, NHS Forth Valley. The site is designed to offer information, advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions. The range of issues it covers includes anger, panic, anxiety, stress, assertiveness, stress, chronic pain, bereavement, phobias, depression, PTSD, OCD, sleep, shyness, addiction and carer support.
From Australia, MoodMission is a free evidence-based app designed to empower users to overcome feelings of depression and anxiety by discovering new and better ways of coping.
“When we feel down or anxious, there are heaps of things we can do to help us feel better again. Doing these things can help prevent everyday mood disturbances from developing into mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety disorders. When you tell MoodMission how you’re feeling, it gives you a tailored list of 5 simple, quick, effective, evidence-based Missions to improve your mood. All Missions are taken from scientific research, made accessible to you through the app, so you can learn exactly how what you’re doing is helping.”