Sources of help

When seeking help for problems, making an appointment to see your General Practitioner is often the best first option. Alternatively, you can call the NHS 111 non-emergency service for advice. Personal difficulties can often be experienced more intensely at night. The Samaritans provide a 24-hour telephone support line, which is especially valuable for those who feel suicidal.

Listed below, you’ll find links to other sources of help covering a variety of issues, and there’s also a video in which I talk about a project I’m involved with.

Positive affirmations

Recently, I was invited to take part in a project to create a series of digital recordings in the form of affirmations, designed specifically for young people. WTF Affirmations are MP3 files that may be purchased online and downloaded to your mobile phone, tablet or other device. They can help you to develop a more positive state of mind and to deal with some of the issues commonly experienced during this stage of life, including anxiety, depression, family problems, stress and exam nerves.

These recordings were produced by a charity called Off The Record, based in Greater Manchester, which provides a counselling service for young people. While the affirmations have proved very popular with teenagers and young adults, older people have found them useful too. In this short video, my colleague and I explain how the project came about, and others talk about the benefits they have experienced from listening to the affirmations regularly.

Other resources

Clicking on the following topics will take you through to the websites of specialist services, which are usually operated by charities, providing information, practical support and, in many cases, telephone helplines.

Psychotherapy

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Individual therapy

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Couples therapy

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Group therapy

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Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.Norman Vincent Peale
Change your thoughts and you change your world.Norman Vincent Peale
To be completely honest with oneself is the very best effort a human being can make.Sigmund Freud
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia