When you get low in spirit and discouraged remember this:
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In a crisis & Additional Support:
Samaritans provide confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings – 08457 90 90 90
Mindline Somerset https://helplines.org/helplines/mindline-somerset/provide confidential support for anyone experiencing emotional distress. Service available Weds, Fri, Sat and Sun 8pm – midnight. 01823 276892
Mind also provides a wide range of services, resources and information leaflets related to a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, addiction / dependence. Click here for a link to their information page.
SANE is a mental health charity which works to raise awareness of mental health issues, provide emotional and practical support and also initiates research into mental health conditions.
To talk to someone in confidence for support, information or an emergency referral to temporary accommodation, contact the free 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline.
Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Shelter provides help and housing advice. For urgent advice call Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm 0808 800 4444
PODS – www.pods-online.org.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org The extensive PODS website provides a wealth of information for people living and working with complex trauma, PTSD and dissociative conditions.
Persistent Pain information:
The NHS Choices Website has very good information about long term pain.
The Pain Toolkit – http://www.paintoolkit.org/
I really like this 5 minute youtube explanation of pain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLWntMDgFcs
http://breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk/ provide a range of mindfulness based courses, trainings, CD’s and other resources to support anyone affected by ongoing pain.
Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief : CD by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Freedom from Pain by Peter Levine PhD and Maggie Phillips PhD. : A highly recommended self care programme including tools and support for anyone living with persistent pain. Book and audio CD
http://yogaforpainrelief.com/ .Kelly has written an excellent book entitled Yoga for Pain Relief. Her website offers a range of evidence based resources for both people with chronic pain and healthcare professionals/ yoga teachers.
For an interesting article on Physiotherapy and Mindfulness please click here
Activity & Wellbeing:
Activity and exercise have also been shown to have both physical and mental health benefits including boosting mood and reducing stress. The following links give more information on this subject and also list some exercise and activity providers in and around Frome.
http://www.ecofitness.co.uk provides a range of outdoor activities for all abilities set in beautiful, natural outdoor surroundings.
http://www.myconditionmylife.org/ is a website dedicated to people living with long term health conditions with an orientation to self management
http://www.zingsomerset.co.uk is a Somerset Partnership NHS Trust initiative offering free lifestyle advice to people in Somerset. Zing Somerset Health trainers can help with healthy eating, weight management, becoming more physically active, sensible drinking and managing stress.
Freephone 0800 412 5502 or 01460 238254
Some reading & useful links:
- When Things Fall Apart and The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodran
- Healing trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of the Body by Peter Levine
- The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Loving Kindness by Sharon Salzberg
- Full Catstrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
- The Mindful Way Through Depression by Mark Williams et al.
- Mindfulness by Mark Williams & Danny Penman
- Mindfulness for Health by Vidyamala Burch &Danny Penman
- Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder by Blaise Aguirre & Gillian Galen
The Karuna Institute, Devon is an international training and retreat centre offering professional trainings in Core Process Psychotherapy and Craniosacral Biodynamics. Please click on the following links to view short videos explaining the work that they do.
www.youtube.com/watch ( Core Process )
www.youtube.com/watch ( Craniosacral Biodynamics )
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.
Mary Allen Radmacher