General Health Information
Patients most common searches are for advice about common conditions such as coughs and colds, skin conditions etc. The most useful website for advice on these is http://www.patient.co.uk/. The website is filled with patient information leaflets on a vast range of health problems. The articles are written by doctors for patients.
Visit http://www.nhs.uk/ the online version of the government sponsored NHS service. Includes:
- Self-Help Guide - conditions and care pathways
- Health Encyclopaedia - symptoms, diagnosis, treatments of conditions
- FAQs - details of operations and tests
Mental Health and Wellbeing Websites & Apps
Visit https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/ for a range of self help leaflets on all aspects of mental health, sleep and alcohol issues. You can also download the app giving you easy access to the full range of 23 mental health self-help guides. These guides have been written by NHS clinical psychologists with contributions from service users and healthcare staff and contain useful tips and hints as well as self-help techniques. Each guide has an introductory video as well as audio versions available to stream. Guides can also be downloaded free of charge to your iPad for offline reading and can even be printed directly from your device.
- a free website and app providing you with tools to support healthy minds, view the website here
for more details.
Free Apps to download:
an app for meditation and mindfulness download it from the app store now or view the website for more information here
. You can enjoy guided meditations to help you manage anxiety, lower stress and sleep better. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users.
Catch it: Allows you to record your mood, the situation you were in, your thoughts and then how you could think about it differently. You can look back on your diary entries.
CBT Thought Diary: Allows you to add the situation, your emotion, the negative thought and the thinking style then your challenge and an alternative thought.
Companion: Includes breathing exercises, relaxation tracks including progressive muscle relaxation and a thought diary for anxiety with space to add a more compassionate, realistic or constructive thought.
Mindfulness: Timed mindfulness meditations starting with just 3 minutes.
Oak: Includes a loving kindness meditation, mindfulness meditation, breathing techniques and sleep sounds. This app also tracks your progress.
WorryTime: Allows you to add your worries throughout the day and set a specific worry time to return to them.
Are you feeling frazzled, take time to let it out at the Frazzled Cafe a registered charity that operates with the purpose of providing a safe, anonymous and non-judgemental environment where people who are feeling frazzled can meet on a regular basis to talk and share their personal stories. The Frazzled Cafe run fortnightly meetings in Leeds sign up here to attend.
Are you dealing with bereavement and not sure where to turn to next. Here are a few websites which you may find helpful at this difficult time.
Cruse Bereavement Care can help to support you after the death of someone close. They offer a range of free confidential support for adults and children They can offer face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. They have a Freephone national helpline and local services. Visit www.cruse.org.uk for more information and support.
Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone. Visit www.hopeagain.org.uk to find out more information about the services, a listening ear from other young people and advice for any young person dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Child Bereavement UK - support for families when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Child Bereavement offer face to face support at a number of locations across the country. Visit https://www.childbereavementuk.org to find out more about the services available to you.
Refuge in Grief - a helpful website for the recently bereaved or friends wanting to help, the website offers an online community and resource that helps people survive some of the hardest experiences of their lives. Visit https://www.refugeingrief.com/ to view the resources available to you.
Living Life to the Full
A website with free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Our courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives. Visit https://llttf.com/ for more information.
LGBT Foundation provide a wide range of support services to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. They work with healthcare and other professionals to help make public services more accessible and inclusive for LGBT communities.
You can find out more about the wide range of support services available for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people by visiting www.lgbt.foundation
Visit Start4Life for information and support during pregnancy, birth and parenthood, sign up to get personalised emails for trusted NHS advice, videos and tips on your pregnancy week by week, birth and parenthood.
Are you suffering with symptoms of the menopause are your looking for advice on how to deal with the changes you are going through at this time of your life, visit www.managemymenopause.co.uk to see how these changes may impact on your long-term health and suggest small changes in your lifestyle to help manage your symptoms and reduce the risk of developing certain diseases in the future.