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Mental health awareness week
The pandemic has shone a light on our mental health like never
before. Juggling home and work responsibilities, lockdown, and not being
able to see friends and family can all take their toll on our
Our Mental Health Awareness Week wellbeing newsletter contains lots
of information about what we are doing to help residents of the borough
look after their mental health, and where to find support when you need
Make Caring Visible and Valued Symposium
digital event is delivered in partnership by Family Action Young
Carers, Carers Leads in the Mental Health Adults and Older Adults Team
and the Physical Disabilities and Older People’s Team.
Date for your diary: Friday 11 June, 10 – 11.30am on MS Teams.
To coincide with Carers Week 2021, the symposium will teach you about:
- the experiences of being a family carer
- what support is available for family carers in the borough
- referral routes to access support
Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the
challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make
to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who
don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify
as carers and access much-needed support.
Accessible help from the libraries
Reading has many benefits that support wellbeing, including
reducing stress and aiding sleep. Our libraries offer a wealth of books
on every subject, whether that’s our “reading well” titles, books on
gardening and other hobbies to help you unwind – or OS maps to really
help you get out into nature.
Don’t worry if you are not ready to visit the library in person yet. You can access e-books and audiobooks via our app, Libby
. If you need other adjustments to make the most out of the library, find out more about our Accessible library card
Supporting those around you with their mental health
Here are some resources you might like to check out that can help
you support those around you including children, teenagers and the
Children and young people
Aside from the health implications, the coronavirus crisis has
caused major disruptions to family life, through the introduction of
social distancing, school, college and university closures, and
Helping children and young people to build their resilience and to
deal with change and uncertainty has never been more vital. Although
restrictions are now starting to lift, the impact of the pandemic is
likely to continue for many or raise new anxieties as movements
East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group has put together three
concise guides for parents and carers and for children and young people
Coping with family life during lockdown
contains information on helpful resources to support family life and
parenting, with advice on keeping children entertained, looking after
everyone’s mental health and where to turn for extra help, including
Five ways to wellbeing
This guide includes practical ideas on how to incorporate the NHS’s
Five Ways to Wellbeing into family life to support children and young
people through these challenging times.
Young person’s guide
lists lots of useful self-help apps and websites and a range of
resources, including helplines, to support young people with their
Online support for 11-18-year-olds with Kooth
Kooth is a safe, confidential and anonymous mental health and
emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people, accessible
through any connected device. It’s available for young adults aged 11-18
(and up to age 25 if they have special educational needs) who live
and/or go to school in the Royal Borough, Slough or Bracknell Forest.
The online resources include a digital magazine, helpful articles
and personal experiences and tips from young people and the Kooth team.
Discussion boards and live chats with counsellors are available every
day at selected times.
Help and support for adults and the elderly
If you know someone who needs help or support, we have collated some useful resources for you.
Friends in Need service
The Friends in Need (FiN) peer support service is facilitated by
Buckinghamshire Mind across Bracknell, Slough, Windsor, Ascot, and
Maidenhead. It has recently expanded to offer additional tailored
Current groups providing peer support for people experiencing
anxiety, depression and/or loneliness are well-established, successful
groups. The service has now expanded to offer two new peer support
groups; a group for young adults and a group for those with significant
mental health support needs.
Talking Therapies is our friendly and approachable NHS service that
offers support to adults coping with challenges like depression,
stress, anxiety or phobias.
If you’re aged 17 and over and living in Berkshire, they can help you overcome the mental health challenges you’re facing.
Local support groups
You’ll also find a list of local mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention services in the pdf guide from Signal 4 carers
including 'Friends in Need', local Age Concern groups and other local organisations.
Three free mental health apps
Feeling sad or depressed? This app is simple and easy to navigate. It’s free with in-app purchases.
The app has a video section of meditations, soothing sounds and TED
talks, with each category containing a long list of videos, clearly
labelled. Clicking on any of them takes you to YouTube where you can
This app is intended to be used when you’re aware of your negative
feelings, and offers ways for you to deal with them, whether it be
through distraction, release, breathing or more. After selecting what
you want to do and a time frame in which to do it, it offers ideas for
small tasks to tackle the problem.
This app also contains a small section on getting help. Good for
someone who is aware of mood changes but perhaps doesn’t know how to
Claiming to be the world's largest free library of guided
meditation there is plenty to explore here. A wealth of information and
audio clips from professionals which can help with stress, anxiety,
sleep, getting into meditation and more. There is a good selection of
free, short clips that are of high quality. Longer courses require a