- Big White Wall
This online, anonymous community provides a secure environment for you to seek help if you’re feeling stressed, anxious or down about anything. You can share stories to get and give advice, find information and do courses to understand better how you’re feeling and make positive change. And trained professionals keep an eye on things 24 hours a day to make sure everyone stays safe and supported.
- Be Mindful
This website-based mindfulness programme is made up of 10 30-minute modules for you to do at your own pace. It teaches mindfulness techniques to help you manage stress or simply to try to live a happier, healthier life. The programme uses audio clips, text-based information and a library of resources and exercises, and you can track your progress as you go along.
The charity Mind has information to support people with a mental health condition and those who care for them. If you’re stressed, they have a range of in-depth content, including these relaxation techniques. They also have suggestions of ways to manage or relieve stress. You may find these short, sharp tips helpful for coping with stress. Mind's booklet ‘How to manage stress’ pulls together all their content covering what stress is and its causes, and things you can do to cope.
- Rethink Mental Illness
This charity has support groups, runs campaigns and can direct you to local mental health services, as well as providing information. One of their resources – the ‘Good health guide’ – sets out practical steps that people with mental illness can take to look after their physical health.
- Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation is a charity that carries out research and offers information about many areas of mental health. Their comprehensive page about stress gives details about the different causes and symptoms. It also gives advice about how you can tackle it but also where to go if you want professional help.
- Big White Wall
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Reviewed by Pippa Coulter, Freelance Health Editor, Bupa Health Content Team, January 2018
Expert reviewer Dr Anton Alexandroff, Consultant Dermatologist
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