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Here are the resources we found for wellbeing for young people:

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YMCA Black Country Group

The YMCA Black Country Group offers help with the most basic things people need in life. They offer support to find housing, work, childcare and overcome addictions. In times of need they are there to support you every step of the way.

The Mix

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.

MindOut

MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans, and queer people. They aim to provide advice and information, advocacy, a peer support programme, wellbeing activities and events, a peer mentoring services, an out of house online chat service and a food project.

Healthwatch Wolverhampton

This website offer signposting service for health and social care within Wolverhampton. They aim to seek out people to discuss their local health and social care services, and use what they say to help decision makers improve the quality of local services.

Get Active for Mental Wellbeing

Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows that it can also improve your mental wellbeing. This webpage contains information on how exercise helps your mental wellbeing, how you can get more active, more steps to mental wellbeing and a video explaining Pilates for beginners.

Learn for Mental Wellbeing

Learning new skills can be useful, but research shows it can also improve our mental wellbeing. This webpage from NHS Choices explores how learning can help your wellbeing, how you can keep learning and more steps you can take to improve you mental wellbeing.

Give for Mental Wellbeing

Most people would agree that giving to others is a good things. On top of this, it can also improve your mental wellbeing. This webpage from NHS Choices focuses on how giving helps your mental wellbeing, how you can give more and more steps for improving your wellbeing.

How to Improve your Mental Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Keeping good mental wellbeing is important as it can improve productivity, relationships, and our ability to adapt in times of stress.

Blog / personal article

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…but not for Everyone

(Featured resource)Kevin Pace, the Head of Service for HeadStart Wolverhampton, has written this blog post about how the holiday season can affect young people. It is important to protect the mental health and wellbeing of young people during the holiday period and here, Kevin has suggested a number of tips to help you make it through the holiday season.

Coping at Christmas – 5 Top Tips to look after your Mental Health

This article from clinical psychologist Amaryllis Roy from Priory Hospital Bristol discusses the pressure that Christmas can put on mental health and shares five top tips to help you cope over the holiday period.

Video

Finding Strength in a World Obsessed with Size – Meta Sarmiento

We see it in the media, movies, television shows, and magazines - for men and boys, strength is measured by physical size. What happens when you’re a tiny kid, from the tiny island of Guam, how do you find your place in the world? In this inspiring talk and poem, Meta Sarmiento shares his personal journey and what it really means for a man to be strong.

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Chill Panda [Android Version]

With this app you can learn to relax, manage your worried and improve your wellbeing. The application measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Types of tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.

WellMind App

WellMind is a free iOS and Android app from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. It is designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression.

Booster Buddy [iOS Version]

Booster Buddy is a free application designed to help teens and young adult improve their mental health. It aims to help you manage your personal wellness journey as you earn achievements while your sidekick guides you through a series of daily questions designed to establish and sustain positive habits.

Booster Buddy [Android Version]

Booster Buddy is a free application designed to help teens and young adult improve their mental health. It aims to help you manage your personal wellness journey as you earn achievements while your sidekick guides you through a series of daily questions designed to establish and sustain positive habits.

Download

Wellbeing Action Plan

The wellbeing action plan booklet can be used by any young person to explore positive ways of keeping themselves well. It is based on wellbeing recovery action plans which are an evidence based means of supporting recovery in people with mental illness, but this version from the Charlie Waller Memorial trust is simpler and can be used to help prevent serious mental illness episodes or support young people through mental ill health.

Organisation View all organisations

YMCA Black Country Group

The YMCA Black Country Group offers help with the most basic things people need in life. They offer support to find housing, work, childcare and overcome addictions. In times of need they are there to support you every step of the way.

The Mix

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.

MindOut

MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans, and queer people. They aim to provide advice and information, advocacy, a peer support programme, wellbeing activities and events, a peer mentoring services, an out of house online chat service and a food project.

Get Active for Mental Wellbeing

Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows that it can also improve your mental wellbeing. This webpage contains information on how exercise helps your mental wellbeing, how you can get more active, more steps to mental wellbeing and a video explaining Pilates for beginners.

Learn for Mental Wellbeing

Learning new skills can be useful, but research shows it can also improve our mental wellbeing. This webpage from NHS Choices explores how learning can help your wellbeing, how you can keep learning and more steps you can take to improve you mental wellbeing.

Give for Mental Wellbeing

Most people would agree that giving to others is a good things. On top of this, it can also improve your mental wellbeing. This webpage from NHS Choices focuses on how giving helps your mental wellbeing, how you can give more and more steps for improving your wellbeing.

Blog / personal article

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…but not for Everyone

(Featured resource)Kevin Pace, the Head of Service for HeadStart Wolverhampton, has written this blog post about how the holiday season can affect young people. It is important to protect the mental health and wellbeing of young people during the holiday period and here, Kevin has suggested a number of tips to help you make it through the holiday season.

Coping at Christmas – 5 Top Tips to look after your Mental Health

This article from clinical psychologist Amaryllis Roy from Priory Hospital Bristol discusses the pressure that Christmas can put on mental health and shares five top tips to help you cope over the holiday period.

App / online service View all apps / online services

Chill Panda [Android Version]

With this app you can learn to relax, manage your worried and improve your wellbeing. The application measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Types of tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.

WellMind App

WellMind is a free iOS and Android app from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. It is designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression.

Booster Buddy [iOS Version]

Booster Buddy is a free application designed to help teens and young adult improve their mental health. It aims to help you manage your personal wellness journey as you earn achievements while your sidekick guides you through a series of daily questions designed to establish and sustain positive habits.

Download

Wellbeing Action Plan

The wellbeing action plan booklet can be used by any young person to explore positive ways of keeping themselves well. It is based on wellbeing recovery action plans which are an evidence based means of supporting recovery in people with mental illness, but this version from the Charlie Waller Memorial trust is simpler and can be used to help prevent serious mental illness episodes or support young people through mental ill health.

Video

Finding Strength in a World Obsessed with Size – Meta Sarmiento

We see it in the media, movies, television shows, and magazines - for men and boys, strength is measured by physical size. What happens when you’re a tiny kid, from the tiny island of Guam, how do you find your place in the world? In this inspiring talk and poem, Meta Sarmiento shares his personal journey and what it really means for a man to be strong.

Organisation View all organisations

YMCA Black Country Group

The YMCA Black Country Group offers help with the most basic things people need in life. They offer support to find housing, work, childcare and overcome addictions. In times of need they are there to support you every step of the way.

The Mix

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. They are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.

MindOut

MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans, and queer people. They aim to provide advice and information, advocacy, a peer support programme, wellbeing activities and events, a peer mentoring services, an out of house online chat service and a food project.

Get Active for Mental Wellbeing

Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows that it can also improve your mental wellbeing. This webpage contains information on how exercise helps your mental wellbeing, how you can get more active, more steps to mental wellbeing and a video explaining Pilates for beginners.

Learn for Mental Wellbeing

Learning new skills can be useful, but research shows it can also improve our mental wellbeing. This webpage from NHS Choices explores how learning can help your wellbeing, how you can keep learning and more steps you can take to improve you mental wellbeing.

Give for Mental Wellbeing

Most people would agree that giving to others is a good things. On top of this, it can also improve your mental wellbeing. This webpage from NHS Choices focuses on how giving helps your mental wellbeing, how you can give more and more steps for improving your wellbeing.

Download

Wellbeing Action Plan

The wellbeing action plan booklet can be used by any young person to explore positive ways of keeping themselves well. It is based on wellbeing recovery action plans which are an evidence based means of supporting recovery in people with mental illness, but this version from the Charlie Waller Memorial trust is simpler and can be used to help prevent serious mental illness episodes or support young people through mental ill health.

Blog / personal article

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…but not for Everyone

(Featured resource)Kevin Pace, the Head of Service for HeadStart Wolverhampton, has written this blog post about how the holiday season can affect young people. It is important to protect the mental health and wellbeing of young people during the holiday period and here, Kevin has suggested a number of tips to help you make it through the holiday season.

Coping at Christmas – 5 Top Tips to look after your Mental Health

This article from clinical psychologist Amaryllis Roy from Priory Hospital Bristol discusses the pressure that Christmas can put on mental health and shares five top tips to help you cope over the holiday period.

App / online service View all apps / online services

Chill Panda [Android Version]

With this app you can learn to relax, manage your worried and improve your wellbeing. The application measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Types of tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.

WellMind App

WellMind is a free iOS and Android app from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. It is designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression.

Booster Buddy [iOS Version]

Booster Buddy is a free application designed to help teens and young adult improve their mental health. It aims to help you manage your personal wellness journey as you earn achievements while your sidekick guides you through a series of daily questions designed to establish and sustain positive habits.