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World Mental Health Day

Mental health means a lot to us

Thursday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. At Flourish, we’ve had the privilege of working closely with online education company Fresh Start Direct and their parent company Fresh Start in Education. Through our work with them – which has included brand and website development, animation, copywriting and radio – we’ve learnt a lot about the sensitivities surrounding mental health services and how this links with education for young people.

Mental health in the digital space

Working in the digital space, we’re alert to the debate surrounding mental health and digital technology. For the parents amongst us, issues surrounding screen time and social media use are often in the forefront of our minds. And of course, the use of digital technology can present issues beyond childhood and well into adulthood.

Using digital technology for the better

But there are many positive stories to tell, too. So, when we hear about how digital technology is being used to the benefit of mental health, we think it’s worth shouting about. We’ve done a bit of digging to highlight some excellent services that are helping people achieve better mental health through innovative digital platforms.

Always see a professional if you’re concerned

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Like physical fitness apps, mental health apps and platforms can help provide a useful service for many. But it’s always advised to seek professional medical advice if you have more serious concerns about your own or someone else’s mental health.

Useful digital mental health resources:

  1. Sanvello ​www.sanvello.com
    A mobile app that allows you to record your mood and feelings. It gives progress reports and will recommend meditation and breathing exercises based on how you’re feeling during the day. Sanvello also features a section on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has an online community which you can join. 
  2. Headspace www.headspace.com
    A meditation app that features a vast library of meditation exercises for when you feel stressed, anxious, angry or you just want to unwind.

  3. Mental Health At Work www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk
    This website helps employees and managers find resources to encourage better mental health in the workplace.
  4. Elefriends www.elefriends.org.uk
    A supportive online community brought to you by Mind where you can discuss how you’re feeling with people who may be in a similar situation as you.
  5. NHS Moodzone www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression
    An online resource for helping you to manage stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and low mood.
  6. Be Mindful www.bemindfulonline.com
    With a cost of £30, this online course helps you to reduce stress, depression and anxiety, and can also be used to guide you through mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
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