Helpful links

Immediate help & soothing stuff

Really useful site for people who are feeling suicidal 

Lovely soothing sounds – A Soft Murmur

Beautiful Gaelic words to ponder for a moment

An interactive self-care chart for when you are struggling

Self help info from Rape & Sexual Violence Project

Rape Crisis England & Wales

Survivors UK (male survivors)

Support during withdrawal from meds

Sign up to text access to 999

Text, email, write or phone The Samaritans

 

Meditation, mindfulness and self-compassion

Collection of downloadable, free compassion meditations

Paul Gilbert’s audio compassion/self compassion practices

Guided Self-Compassion meditations by Dr Kristin Neff

http://www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk

 

Insightful mental health stuff (names linked to twitter accounts)

Prof Paul Gilbert on the tragedies of the human mind: https://youtu.be/pMbGmD84Iww

An amazing TED talk about hearing voices and the unhelpful response from people trying to help: https://youtu.be/syjEN3peCJw

A powerful talk by Jacqui Dillon at the the Division on Clinical Psychology about how the psychological is also the political: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ4fSa18de8

Dr Nina Burrows who works in abuse and sexual violence and also cartoons: The cartooning psychologist

Dr Dan Siegel on the emergence of the mind from the complex system of the brain and how we are all discrete but intimately interconnected:

Organisations & Networks

Evidence summaries by elves at the National Elf Service 

Public website about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Events)

ACEs connection network

Bessel Van der Kolk’s pages at the Trauma centre (US)

Paul Gilbert’s Compassionate Mind Foundation

The centre for CFT (New York)

The Open Dialogue Approach (UK)

Academy of Peer-supported Open Dialogue (UK)

Hearing voices network for people who have unusual perceptions

Drop the disorder network/community

 

Miscellaneous loveliness

Project Soothe (University of Edinburgh)

Beautiful piece about grief

Beautiful animation about empathy

Spoonie Post for people who frequently run out of spoons

 

Chronic pain and fatigue stuff

Brilliant video explaining how important it is to strengthen our small, deep, stabilising muscles as well the big ones you work out at the gym. Especially important in EDS/Joint Hypermobility Syndrome but potentially helpful if you have a weak core or fatigue. https://youtu.be/2LC-qUejhurt’:

My favourite video explaining pain, “Why things hurt”: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gwd-wLdIHjs

My ” fairy godmother ” (occupational therapist with loads of info and services around pain, fatigue, health conditions, tips, tricks and adaptations) https://jboccupationaltherapy.co.uk

IBS and Fodmap stuff

Monash University Fodmap info and app 

King’s College London Info on Fodmap diet

My dietician’s blog with recipes and info: https://www.chloestummylove.co.uk