There are many great books out there, and the following is just a selection of things we have read and found useful. Happy reading!
Life as a Rollercoaster - Liz Rotherham
Written by our very own Liz, the founder of Heads2minds.
"This book will help educate people with regards to Mental Health & Well-being and gives an open and honest account of my life. I have faced some extremely challenging situations but have built resilience and have come out the other side. The mind is so powerful and if you learn to master this, your life will become much easier and a happy place to be…".
Courage: Dark to Light Author Group
Unlocked: From Surviving to Thriving
The Gifts Of Imperfection
"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do."
"This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, 'My story matters because I matter.' Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance."
This book contains 10 guideposts that help us along the journey to becoming wholehearted, based on the research undertaken by the social scientist, fellow traveller and storyteller Brené Brown.
The Choice : A True Story of Hope by Edith Eger
Influenced by Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, Edith Eger’s account of her search for a life of meaning beyond Auschwitz is an exceptionally powerful story of hope and humanity.
We tend to have many mental prisons in our head that restrict us, yet life is full of choices. Her book helps us realise this with many examples from her own life, and shows us that it is possible to break free.
Everything that happens in life can be viewed as an opportunity, and a meaning can be found if we look hard enough.
Feel the Fear and do it anyway
You can heal your life
LV Holistic Therapy. Promoting confidence and well-being through regressive and hypnotherapy.
Big Love Movement. Becki Marie educates, inspires and empowers through her knowledge of wellness and personal experience of mental health.
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Relapse Prevention - Addiction Group. This is a website full of resources for people struggling with substance use disorders, alcohol use disorders, and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Alpha Vesta CIC Events. Free events on Eventbrite on abuse, and the impact it has across communities.
'MATES Mental health Awareness Through Educational Speaking Community Interest Company was created to be a safe community where people can speak openly about mental health'.
Drugwatch is a free health site to give support and useful tips such as mental health. There guide on mental illness cover anxiety, depression, treatments and more.
Raising awareness on how sleeping and your mental health is related and what can help.
This is a blog on how addiction can affect sleeping patterns and how to overcome them.
Raising awareness for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in the form of a blog.
Cressing Temple Community shed: this is accessible to both males and females. The purpose is to share skills and experience, provide a haven to combat loneliness and isolation and to add value to the communities. There is a cost of £2 for a half or full day (0930 – 1530) and the community shed is open Monday to Thursday.
Groups for Mens Mental Health
ManGang: “It’s not weak to speak.” Based in Hampshire however their aim is to be accessible to the whole of the country. This group was started after a friend committed suicide. Research indicates that 1/8 men suffer from poor mental health however only 36% of therapy referrals are for men. 4 groups are available around Hampshire. Adapted through COVID and launched zoom meetings/ what’s app group to provide support and a closed Facebook group. It is possible to register for Zoom meetings and to be eligible for the group you need to be a man.
Talk Club: are meeting virtually and in person for 2 hours. The eligibility is that you are a man. Group members discuss how they feel out of 10 and rate from 0 – 10 and explain why. What are you happy about and grateful for. What are your plans for mental fitness and finally rating from 0 – 10 how you feel after the group. This is a male mental fitness movement. The closest ones in our area are Ipswich or Leigh on Sea. Suicide is high amongst males under 49 and in the UK three quarters of all suicides are from males.
MenWalkTalk: promoting positive mental change: together for men’s mental health. 76% of suicide are males. There is stigma about opening up about mental health. This was founded by Matt from Littlehampton, West Sussex in 2020. Walks are facilitated by mental health first aid trained volunteers. If we are interested to start a group, then we can contact them to set one up in the local area. Walking is positive for mental health and wellbeing and is free.
Men’s minds matters: Originated in 2009 which looks at views of accessing psychological help from a male perspective. In 2011 this became a public health initiative focusing on male suicide rates and developing ways to improve the mental health of males and boys within the UK. In 2013 a CIC group was developed with an focus on strategy and focus for future development. Men’s Minds Matters has a therapy group in South East London aimed at those who are struggling with life events.
Mates: Mental Health Awareness through Educational Speaking was founded by Dave Chase in 2018 after several of his close friends passed away due to suicide. This is a peer support group in Essex. They meet on a weekly basis on a Sunday at Hylands park at 0900 and on a monthly basis at High Woods for a health and wellbeing walk. This group is accessible to both males and females and was founded to support mental health. There are more than 1000 people that are supported by Mates, and the ambassadors. They also offer face to face meetings and a football group which is accessible to all and even play in a local league.