Healthy Mind

Looking after your mental health is not something we should just do if we are struggling, or feeling low, anxious or stressed..

Staying on top of our mental wellbeing is good for us now but also helps us deal manage difficult times in the future. Over time, it can also reduce our risk of physical health problems.

This page has some evidenced based tips and resources for you to help look after your mental wellbeing.

Tips

Talk about how you’re feeling

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.

Let your friends and family know how they can support you, whether it’s listening to you when you’re having a bad day, helping you keep on top of your commitments, or being aware of your triggers (things that set off your difficult feelings or behaviours, or make them worse)

Spot your early warning signs

If you can, try to be aware of how you’re feeling, and watch out for any signs you might be becoming unwell. These will be individual to you, but it can be useful to reflect on what these may be so you can get support as soon as possible.

Keep a mood diary

Tracking your moods can help you to work out what makes you feel better or worse. You can then take steps to avoid, change or prepare for difficult situations. You can create your own mood diary or find one online – there are many freely available on the internet and as apps for your phone. See the resources section below for some suggestions.

Build your self-esteem

Taking steps to increase your self-esteem can help you to feel more confident and able to cope

Ask for help

None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear. If you don’t have someone to talk to or you feel overwhelmed check out the Talk To Someone section on this site

Resources

Our My Wellbeing College

local service which you can self-refer to, offering confidential psychological therapy services, helping you work through difficult feelings. Addressing issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, relationship issues, sleep problems, phobias, difficult life changes, post-natal depression, post-traumatic stress , OCD, and health anxieties.

https://bmywellbeingcollege.nhs.uk

Living Well Mental Health and Well-Being Training Platform

Resources developed in collaboration with a network of training providers from voluntary, community, and public sector organisations across the Bradford district.

https://mylivingwell.co.uk/mental-health/mental-health-and-wellbeing-training-platform-

The MindEd COVID-19 Resilience Hub

Content designed to be rapidly accessible and provide quick help when needed.

https://mindedhub.org.uk

The MindEd Top Tips for Blue Light Team Members

https://mindedhub.org.uk/top-tips-for-blue-light/top-tips-for-blue-light-team-members/

Free Wellbeing Apps for NHS Staff

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps to support with their mental health and wellbeing.  Click each link below for more information, including how to access support and when this free offer expires.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/supporting-our-nhs-people/support-now/wellbeing-apps/

Breathworks

An NHS approved organisation that delivers mindfulness and compassion training, has created a virtual mindfulness ‘quiet place’ for NHS workers. You can join for support and a moment of calm.

https://www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk/the-quiet-place

Hub of Hope

The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time.

https://hubofhope.co.uk/

My Wellbeing College

My Wellbeing College is a free NHS service which helps people to manage everyday issues such as feeling low, problems sleeping, feeling anxious and experiencing stress.

https://bmywellbeingcollege.nhs.uk/

Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds’ mission is to create a united approach to improving the mental health and wellbeing of all people in Bradford and Craven.

The Healthy Minds Wellbeing Assistant offers tailored suggestions on services and self-help apps based on how you are feeling, so you can find what you need, when you need it – quickly and easily.

https://www.healthyminds.services/wellbeing-assistant/

Bradford Wellbeing Service

Our wellbeing service provides advice, information and support for people in Bradford who are living with a mental health condition.

https://makingspace.co.uk/bradford-wellbeing-service

Mind in Bradford

Support and advice for mental wellbeing across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

https://www.mindinbradford.org.uk/

Bradford Council Self-Help Leaflets

Booklets with lots of information on health topics available to download.

http://www.selfhelpguides.ntw.nhs.uk/bradford/

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes Field Guide to Self-Care: Body, Emotion and Mind in Action is for the men and women working tirelessly providing healthcare around the UK right now.

https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/what-we-do/lessons-from-the-battlefield/

NHS Every Mind Matters

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/

NHS Quiz for Personalised Mental Health Advice

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/your-mind-plan-quiz/