From time to time in your life, you may feel stressed. This could be for a variety of reasons such as exam pressures, friendship troubles or issues outside of school. The following links take you to websites with apps that you can download for free on a phone or tablet as well as being able to access them through a computer.
There are a number of websites that can provide counselling and advice on a range of issues. You will also find apps that give you a way into mindfulness and basic meditation techniques such as breathing and focusing the mind to help you take control of stressful situations. They are also good to use if you are struggling to get to sleep in the evenings as they help you to relax.
Year 11 students across the country have used these apps when working towards their GCSE exams as some of them have found them to be really useful and they are a good tool for any student (or parent/carer) to use if they are finding it hard to relax and switch off. Mindfulness and meditation are techniques that you develop over time and these apps are designed to help you to do this. This is just one way you can help support your mental health.
A simple, fun and free mindfulness and compassion building tool, available for iOS, Android and Web.
Live a happier, healthier life with just a few minutes of meditation a day on the Headspace app.
Online counselling and emotional wellbeing support for young people
The UK’s eating disorder charity. They have online support groups for anyone under 18
The UK charity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people
If you are a young person at risk of suicide or know someone who is
If you are suffering from the loss of someone close to you
Worries at home or at school, advice and guidance about relationships
Struggling or worried about self harm and need some support and guidance
Information about drugs and substance abuse
Looking for support and advice concerning mental health and emotional wellbeing
Confidential advice and support for those contemplating running away/have done