We aim to be a church community who support and encourage any one of us who is suffering with their mental health and to promote positive mental health and well-being.
Courses at St Matthias
At St Matthias we run regular supportive courses throughout the year that look at tackling specific areas of mental health through faith.
Tackling Anxiety Together
Tackling Depression Together
The Bereavement Journey
The Marriage Course
The Parenting Course
If you or someone you know are experiencing a 'life threatening' situation our first recommendation is to 999. For urgent matters that are not life threatening we recommend the following helpful resources....
THE SAMARITANS – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (Call 116 123), Non-urgent email firstname.lastname@example.org
SHOUT CRISIS – https://giveusashout.org/ - Text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text "YM" if you're under 19
NHS URGENT SUPPORT – https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/where-to-get-urgent-help-for-mental-health/ - Urgent help for mental health from NHS UK
NHS BRIGHTON WELLBEING – www.brightonandhovewellbeing.org – Local NHS Brighton & Hove wellbeing hub for (self-)referral
For less urgent care we recommend the following helpful resources.
Really great ‘topic based’ self-help resources – https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself
General overview for mental health topics from NHS UK – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/
General advice re CBT/ mindfulness – www.getselfhelp.co.uk
‘Living Life to the Full’ (general advice re CBT) – www.llttf.com
Mental health foundation resources – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health
Explains ‘self-compassion’ and has guided meditations and exercises – www.self-compassion.org
How to become more confident, less self-critical, and kinder to yourself – www.mindfulselfcompassion.org
A helpline for those with eating disorders – https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
For those struggling with OCD – http://ocduk.org
Work to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Military Mental Health Helpline (For those in the Armed Forces) – https://www.combatstress.org.uk
For advice and support on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug & alternative treatments, advocacy – https://www.mind.org.uk
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably): A helpline for Men experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings. – https://www.thecalmzone.net
Provides valuable information for sufferers and carers of people with Panic, Anxiety, Phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD). – http://www.nomorepanic.co.uk/ -
Apps and Communities
Headspace – https://www.headspace.com/articles – Sleep and meditation (mindfulness)
Moodgym – https://moodgym.com.au/ – Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety
Big White Wall – www.bigwhitewall.com – An online community for support for Mental Health
Calm Harm – https://calmharm.co.uk/ - Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It's private and password protected.
Catch It – Catch It - Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.
DistrACT – DistrACT - The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
Resources regarding Students, Young Adults, Children and Babies
http://www.sane.org.uk - For over-16's - offers specialist emotional support and guidance
https://health.oliverwyman.com/2019/05/podcast--mental-health-intervention-in-childhood.html?utm_source=exacttarget&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hls-newsletter&utm_content=2019-may_jobid_40933618 – A podcast, about Child Mental Health.
https://www.childline.org.uk - For children and young people- for help and advice with anything you are going through
http://www.themix.org.uk - Providing information and support for young people aged 13-25
https://www.nightline.ac.uk - For students attending college or university
https://www.family-action.org.uk - Specialist support for parents with a mental health problem.
https://www.familylives.org.uk - Providing help and support for all aspects of family life from birth to adulthood (including postnatal depression, dealing with divorce, bullying and more)
http://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk - For help and support dealing with Pre and Post-Natal Depression
https://www.tommys.org - For support after stillbirth
https://childbereavementuk.org - Supporting families who have lost a child or whose child is dying or providing support when losing a parent or loved one