northamptonshirewalks

Welcome to our walking blog, which started out over nine years ago to show off our beautiful County of Northamptonshire. Research has found that most people drive (on the M1) through one of Britain’s most beautiful counties without stopping.

We’d really like to hope to change this & make you stop & come & explore us. Although we’d like to keep Northamptonshire secret, we’d love you to come & see what a stunning County we have – we’re a very friendly bunch & you’ll be amazed at what Northamptonshire has to offer. check; https://northamptonshirewalks.co.uk/

We can support you while you support your children

A female family having a serious discussion while sitting near a wall

‘We know parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow up, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work. It can feel especially hard if your child’s mood and behaviour seem different and you’re not sure why, or what you can do to help. But you are not alone.’ check; Parents Mental Health Support | Advice for Your Child | YoungMinds

Support for Parents

Student Minds

FAQs for parents, carers and guardians

At Student Minds we recognise that for a parent, the transition of a child from school to university, can be a significant challenge.
We are often approached by parents looking for further information on how they can best support their child, and have captured some of the most frequently asked questions.. check Support for parents – Student Minds

Graduate Wellbeing

Student Minds

Moving into the workplace can be a significant challenge for a young person’s mental health.

On World Mental Health Day (10th of October 2017) – we published the first ever report to uncover the wellbeing of young graduates making the transition from university into the workforce.

The report, based off a survey delivered with colleagues at King’s College London and The City Mental Health Alliance, summarises findings from over 300 recent graduates, and considers: how universities can prepare students for the workplace; the transition into the workplace; stress, and mental wellbeing. Four key findings, discussed in further detail in the report, stand out:

  • Universities could do more to prepare students for the transition out of university
  • Graduate schemes are associated with a better graduate experience,
  • Getting the transition into the workplace place right improves subsequent mental wellbeing and reduces subsequent stress.
  • Work culture relates to graduate confidence in disclosing mental health difficulties.

check; Graduate Wellbeing – Student Minds

I need support now

UMHAN

Links to sources of mental health support.

n an emergency

Call 999 or go to A&E now if:

–   Someone’s life is at risk – for example they have seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose

–   You do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe

A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one. You will not be wasting anyone’s time.

Immediate support

If you are feeling desperate or distressed right now:

Samaritans – open every day throughout the year.  (Freephone)116 123 (UK)116 123 (ROI) email: jo@samaritans.org

SHOUT is a 24/7 text support line, which is free on all major networks. Text Shout to 85258

Shout

Papyrus is dedicated to the prevention of young suicide in the UK. Contact HOPELineUK by phone: 0800 068 41 41, SMS: 07786 209 697, or email: pat@papyrus-uk.org 9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 10pm bank holidays

Papyrus

If you are in England, you can access an urgent mental health helpline – the number varies vary depending on what area you live in.

 Find a helpline

If you need urgent medical advice call the NHS 111 (England & Wales) or NHS 24(Scotland) – T: 08454 242424 

If you need immediate medical help or attention call 999 or visit Accident & Emergency (A&E).

You can make your own safety plan to keep safe from suicidal thoughts.

Staying Safe

If you need medical advice you can book an emergency GP appointment with your GP surgery during opening hours.

How to talk to your GP

Almost all mental health and wellbeing materials say “it’s good to talk” but we know it can be extremely difficult to have that first conversation with a medical professional. 

Doc Ready has a straightforward and visual planning tool to help you feel more confident about talking to your GP.

Doc Ready

The Mental Health Foundation has some great advice about this, including how to find a GP, and planning for your appointment.

GP Visit Guide

Student Minds have produced a video where they talk to a GP about support specifically available for depression.https://www.youtube.com/embed/-nRBxTTBT1E

Specific to your university

Support varies from uni to uni – have a look at our webpage about this:

What support is available at uni?

Nightline is a student run listening service – the phone number will depend on the university.

National support and resources for university students

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. They work to empower students with the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health and support others through our national network of university groups. The following web pages may be of particular interest:

Students Against Depression is an award-winning website offering information, guidance and resources for students affected by low mood and depression. 

Mind is a national charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. You can contact them either through their national helpline or through one of their local Mind groups. 

BEAT is an eating disorders charity providing information and support.

What’s Up With Everyone? is a website with videos created by Aardman Animations in conjunction with MH professionals. They tackle such issues as perfectionism, loneliness and isolation, social media.