Supporting Your Wellbeing

Your wellbeing is important, especially during the current Coronavirus pandemic. We have put together a selection of websites that can provide you with help, advice and support.

If you need support with personal issues including homelessness, please contact the Student Services team on 01604 734066.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 10th-16th May 2021. This year's theme is 'Nature'.

There are lots of ways that you can get involved with the campaign! Visit the Mental Health Awareness Week website to find top tips on how to connect with nature, download a nature journal and find out how to take action by getting active.

Books to help with mental health, wellbeing and mindfulness

The Library has a brilliant collection of books to help you with all aspects of mental health, with information about issues such as anxiety, stress, self-esteem and depression as well as difficult experiences like dealing with grief, bullying and eating disorders.

A number of these books are part of The Reading Agency's Reading Well scheme, which are all recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered and their relatives and carers. Find out more about Reading Well.

To request to borrow any of the resources below, please click here. Alternatively, search the Library catalogue to view more titles or click on the a link below to see what is available for that area.

Did you know?

Google has hundreds of stress-busting online jigsaw puzzles, interactive colouring sheets and virtual crosswords? Aimed at those with an interest in arts and culture, they are a great way to relax and unwind and are somewhat addictive!

Give them a go today!

Google Puzzle Party

Wellbeing during COVID 19

Glencore have created this useful video where they share their guidance and tips on maintaining good mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Recommended websites to help with your wellbeing

Here is a list of websites to help with your wellbeing. Click an image link to go to that website. Please note that these are external sites and Northampton College holds no responsibility over their content or availability.

Action For Happiness logoAction For Happiness Northampton: is a movement of Northamptonshire people, with the aim of building a happier community by making positive changes in their homes, schools, workplaces & personal lives.
BBC Headroom logoBBC Headroom is your mental health toolkit. It encourages people to get talking about mental health whilst sharing essential everyday tips, inspiring personal stories as well as music mixes to manage your mood.
Every Mind Matters logoEvery Mind Matters gives you simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting your mood or sleeping better. It will help you spot the signs of common mental health conditions, get personalised practical self-care tips and information on further support.
The Lowdown logoThe Lowdown offers a caring environment where young people are supported on their journey towards positive emotional health and wellbeing. They provide free and confidential counselling, emotional wellbeing, sexual health and LGBTQ support services for young people.
Mind logoMind offers support to anyone who faces mental health challenges.
Padraig Morain logoPadraig O'Morain: A useful website for defusing stress. There are free, short mindfulness audios on the site as well as lots of tips and techniques for "staying in the moment", and diffusing panic.

Young Minds logoYoungMinds is the UK's leading charity fighting for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges and to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life's difficulties.

Let's Get Physical...

Regular exercise has been proven to help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.

Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, energy, mood and sleep quality so check out some exercise video suggestions below!

NHS Fitness Studio

Workout at home with free online exercise videos including strength and resistance training as well as yoga and pilates with NHS Fitness Studio.

NHS Fitness Studio screenshot

PE with Joe

The Body Coach, Joe Wicks continues his virtual PE lessons throughout Lockdown. Aimed at keeping the nation's children fit, there's nothing stopping adults from joining in too!

PE with Joe

Further Mental Health and Wellbeing websites

Here is a list of further mental health and wellbeing websites. Click an image link to go to that website. Please note that these are external sites and Northampton College holds no responsibility over their content or availability.

BBC Health – Coronavirus: how to protect your mental health
Some tips on protecting mental health.

Digital wellbeing
Blog from JISC.

Coping calendar
The Coping Calendar has 30 suggested actions to look after ourselves during the current situation.

TES - Looking after your mental health
Some suggestions on protecting your mental health.

Mental Health and Wellbeing apps

Forest
Downloadable app that promotes self-motivation. When you want to remain focused on a project, you set it to grow a virtual tree over a 30 minute countdown. If you exit the window and try and surf elsewhere, the tree withers and dies. With every tree that grows, you begin to build a “forest of progress”.

Atmosphere
An app that plays relaxing soundscapes that simulate different environments and you can pick and choose which sound loops to have active. Use for background noise when trying to concentrate or relax. It also includes also binaural beats which are scientifically proven to stimulate creativity.

Great Dream