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Free self-help tools

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Online resources: funky and free self-help tools

The Box is the self-help section of the MyMind website. Young people will find useful activities and tools to download and use.

StepUp

Step up to the challenge of learning something new, or becoming even better at the things you’re already good at. An easy to use Action Plan to help you achieve your goals.

OnTrack

Exercise is just as important for our mind as it is for our body. Keep on track with this fun record sheet, as you steadily work physical activity into your week.

ThinkTalk2

Talking about our worries can really help, but it’s not always easy to choose the right person to talk to. This mind map can help you to see the choices open to you.

FunFocus

Shrink your worries down to size by simply having fun. This activity helps you to see just how important fun can really be!

Shine

Step up to the challenge of learning something new, or becoming even better at the things you’re already good at. An easy to use ‘Action Plan’ to help you achieve your goals.

Chillax

Having difficulty in winding down and switching off at the end of the day? Chillax’s handy tips can make a real difference in helping you to benefit from a good night’s sleep. MP3 Download.

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Internet safety from Islington CAMHS

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Islington CAMHS spoke to young people to help them learn about internet safety and to find out what works well for them to keep safe online. The young people they spoke to gave them lots of tips and ways to keep safe online. Here’s a taste:

The internet is great for lots of reasons including …

  • Communication – such as interacting and talking to people.
  • Information – good for schoolwork, finding out updated information quickly and also having access to the news and maps.
  • Entertainment – streaming entertainment on websites such as YouTube and BBC iPlayer and also playing games.
  • Safety – young people told us they have used their phones to help them get out of tricky situations.

Top tips include:

  • Use a ‘phone jar’ – give yourself a target of how many times you go on your phone and if you go over, you have to put money in the phone jar.
  • Tell friends about the consequences of sharing information online, such as employers or prospective employers seeing posts and photos etc.
  • Don’t post when you’re upset /overly happy/ angry or in a different mood than usual.

Read the full guide here

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Talking in confidence

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“All patients have opportunity to talk in confidence about worrying thoughts, feelings or behaviour. They are offered a 1:1 session with their allocated nurse at least once per day. We try to give them a choice of time and location for these sessions. Some young people have particular times of the day where their mood is worse or where they have more headspace, and some are just not morning people!”

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Carer’s perspective

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Younger patients often have very limited ways of talking about their experiences and feelings so a carer’s perspective is required to verbalise a fuller account of the young person’s difficulties.

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Timing is crucial

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“Timing is crucial – offering support but not forcing the issue is important since many young people need time to feel secure before they can open up to people.”

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