This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week 15th-21st May, which is an important time to reflect on the impact of mental health on our daily lives and those around us. We want to take this opportunity to reach out to survivors of trauma and domestic abuse, and let you know that we see you and we support you. We recognize that these experiences can have a significant impact on mental health and well-being, and we want to do our part in providing resources and support to those who need it.
Throughout the week, we will be adding valuable information and resources that we hope will be helpful to you. Remember, you are not alone.
Resources for anxiety after experiences of trauma
Our Breathing Space mobile and web app – provides a range of tools and resources to help individuals manage stress and anxiety. The app includes guided meditations, breathing exercises, and mindfulness practices that can help users feel more calm and centered.
Women’s Aid’s The Survivors Handbook – provides practical support and information for women experiencing domestic abuse, with simple guidance on every aspect of seeking support.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) guide to anxiety – provides a range of helpful resources and tips for managing anxiety. It includes information on what anxiety is and how it can manifest, as well as practical strategies for coping with anxiety symptoms. The guide covers a range of topics, such as breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, and cognitive-behavioral strategies.
Anxiety UK Get Help webpages – provide a range of resources and information to help individuals who are struggling with anxiety. This includes self-help guides, information on different types of anxiety disorders, details about treatment options, and a directory of therapists who specialize in treating anxiety. They also offer a helpline and email support service.
NHS Anxiety, Fear and Panic webpage – provides a range of information and resources for individuals who are experiencing anxiety, fear, or panic. The webpage includes information on the causes of anxiety, as well as tips for managing symptoms and seeking help.
Resources for experiences of financial abuse, homelessness/insecure housing & the current rise in the cost of living
Groundswell & Mind’s ‘Mental Health & Homelessness: Health Guide’ – provides information and guidance on how to support the mental health needs of people experiencing homelessness. The guide includes practical advice on how to identify mental health issues, how to provide appropriate support, and where to find additional resources and services.
The Financial Support line run by SEA and Money Advice Plus may also be able to offer support Financial Support Line for Victims of Domestic Abuse (moneyadviceplus.org.uk)
There is a list of grants and benefits that people may be entitled to on the Citizens Advice Bureau Grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills – Citizens Advice
If you are looking to flee to a refuge there is a rail to refuge scheme which is open to all survivors, and you can get more details here.
Women’s Aid webpage on housing advice – provides helplines and advice split for if you want to leave your home or stay in your home, as well as information about refuges and your legal rights.
Resources for Black and minoritised women
Information on Southall Black Sisters website on The Domestic Violence Destitution Concession (DDVC) – If you’re making an application for indefinite leave to remain under the Domestic Violence Rule, you can access accommodation and to welfare benefits through the DDVC while you make your application.
Roshni Ghar is a mental health charity that provides culturally appropriate, responsive services for South Asian women experiencing mental ill health and you can self-refer to their services.
The Empowerment Group supports people of Black African and Caribbean heritage aged 18 and over in the UK facing mental health challenges. This is achieved through heavily subsidised online 1:1 culturally appropriate therapy.
Black Minds Matter UK is a charity that connects Black individuals and families with free mental health services by professional Black therapists to support their mental health.
The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network is the largest community of Counsellors and Psychotherapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK. They also have an extensive collection of links to ‘educate, support and inspire.
Rights of Women has a specific helpline for women who need advice on their immigration status. They can advise you on:
- immigration law including domestic violence, long residence and family life
- the rights of Europeans and their families in the UK
- claiming asylum
- financial support options including for women with no recourse to public funds.
The list below of specialist by and for Black and Minoritised ending VAWG agencies is taken from Imkaan’s website – Imkaan are the only UK-based, umbrella women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and Minoritised women and girls
- African Women’s Care – 0208 969 8389
- Asha Projects – 020 8696 0023
- Ashiana Network – 020 8539 0427
- Asian Women’s Resource Centre – 020 8961 6549/ 5701
- Claudia Jones Organisation – 020 7241 1646
- Hopscotch – 0207 380 1019
- IMECE Women’s Centre – 020 7354 1359
- Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) – 020 7920 6460
- Jewish Women’s Aid – 020 8445 8060
- Kiran Support Services – 020 8558 1986
- Kurdish & Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation:
- 020 7263 1027 (Islington)
- 020 7708 0057 (Southwark)
- 07748 851 125 (Mobile)
- Latin American Women’s Aid – 020 7275 0321
- Latin American Women’s Rights Service – 0808 145 4909
- London Black Women’s Project – 020 8472 0528
- Midaye Somali Development Network – 020 8969 7456
- Rise Community Action – 07983 124 500
Ipswich – Suffolk – East Anglia
- PHOEBE Centre – 01473 231566
Wales – Pan Wales
- BAWSO – 0800 731 8147
East & West Midlands
- Panahghar – Coventry & Leicester – 024 7622 8952
- Roshni – Birmingham – 0800 953 9666
- Sikh Women’s Aid – Wolverhampton – 0333 090 1220
- Sikh Women’s Action Network – Sandwell:
Sunderland – North East
- African Women’s Voices – 0191 686 9761
South Shields – North East
Middlesborough – North Yorkshire – North East
- Women Today – 01642 913025
Manchester – North West
- Saheli – 0161 945 4187
Liverpool – North West
- Amadudu Women’s Refuge – 0151 734 0083
Rochdale – Greater Manchester – North West
- Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association – 01706 860157
Blackburn – Lancashire – North West
- Humraaz – 01254 695800
Bradford – West Yorkshire
- Anah Project – 08459 60 60 11
Rotherham – South Yorkshire
- Apna Haq – 01709 519211
Sheffield – South Yorkshire
- DEWA Project:
- 0777 4093806
- 0797 1128709
Edinburgh – Scotland
- Shakti Women’s Aid – 0131 475 2399
Glasgow – Scotland
- Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid – 0141 353 0859
Resources for children & young people following experiences of trauma
Place2Be’s blog – tips on how children & young people can cope in moments of feeling anxious
This list below is taken from Mental Health Foundations’ website:
Organisations that can help
- Barnardo’s protects and supports the UK’s most vulnerable children. They provide a range of services to help and support children, young people, parents and carers.
- CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) runs a free, confidential helpline and webchat service offering help and advice to anyone feeling down or in need of support.
- ChildLine is a free, confidential service where children can talk about any issue they’re going through. You can call their helpline or use their webchat to speak to a trained counsellor.
- The Children’s Society supports children going through serious life challenges. They run services and campaigns to make children’s lives better.
- Contact offers advice and support to families with disabled children. If you’re a parent caring for a disabled child, you can arrange to speak to an adviser for practical and emotional support.
- Family Lives offers information and support on all aspects of family life, including the stages of child development, issues with schools, parenting support, bullying and mental health concerns.
- Papyrus supports people under 35 who have thoughts of suicide and others who are concerned about them. You can contact them by phone, text or email.
- Penumbra supports adults and young people in Scotland with mental health problems. They offer services that provide practical and emotional support.
- You can text Shout on 85258 for confidential support by text.
- The Mix offers free emotional support to people under 25 by phone, webchat or email. They also offer a short-term counselling service.
- YoungMinds offers information and support to young people about their mental health and helps adults to support young people in their lives. If you’re a parent worried about a child’s mental health, you can call their helpline.
The list below is taken from the Government’s site The Education Hub:
These resources are dedicated to children and young people’s general mental health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on mindfulness with developing coping skills in young people.
- NHS Apps library helps people find apps and online tools to help manage their health and wellbeing. For example: Calm Harm is designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Catch it helps people manage feelings like anxiety and depression and improve mental wellbeing.
- The Student health app is designed to reduce your worries, feel more confident and get the support you need at what can be a challenging time for any student.
- Thrive helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions.
- Students Against Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.
- Togetherall is available for students at eligible universities and colleges who are feeling stressed, anxious, low or not coping. It provides an anonymous online community who share troubles and support each other. It is a safe space as it is moderated by trained professionals who are available 24/7.
- SafeSpot is an iPhone and Android app that promotes positive mental wellbeing in children and young people and has been designed to help children and young people with their coping skills.
- BBC’s wellbeing resources for families.
- Young Minds: a letter about how I’m feeling: worksheet to help pupils express their feelings and understand what may have triggered them. For use with pupils in school or at home.
- NHS: Mental Health Helplines for Urgent Help – NHS 24-hour advice and support for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for. Help is available to speak to a mental health professional.
- Headspace: Headspace for Educators offers educators access to free mindfulness and meditation exercises and resources for every age group, and a free Headspace Meditation App.
- Public Health England Every Mind Matters: Looking After Your Mental Health Resources aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions.
- Public Health England: Every Mind Matters Self-Care Tool when you complete the 5 ‘Survey’ questions, a ‘Mind Plan’ is generated, with signposting options to many useful resources.
- Anna Freud: self-care strategies for young people* feeling low or anxious and self-care tips for parents and carers.