Welcome to the Wellbeing Hub.
The coronavirus pandemic is already having an impact on many in our communities, causing uncertainty, anxiety and distress. Below are some great tools and resources to support you in managing your mental health and wellbeing in this challenging time.
We've grouped these under the 5 ways to wellbeing - Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn & Give. There is also an additional group for any resources which don't neatly fit into one of the 5 ways to wellbeing.
As always, we are here if you need us and our team is ready to support you. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call us on 0345 3 30 30 30. We can be there if you just need someone to talk to, if you want to work through a particular issue that has been on your mind, or help you to access longer term support services.
This page will be updated regularly. If you have found a resource that you think others would benefit from, please share it with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Building solid and varied social connections in your life can increase your feelings of happiness and self-worth.
- Find your online writing community with Out on the Page
- Have a Netflix party with your friends (just don't be that person who talks all the way through the film)
- Watch a movie with your friends and video chat at the same time with TwoSeven
- How to join an online meeting
- How to set up an online activity or meeting
What you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental wellbeing. There are loads of ways to stay active whilst enjoying life.
Our minds often get carried away in thought. Giving yourself the time and space to be still and take notice of the world around you. Wake up all the senses - the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment
- Take part in Contact Manchester's A Week's Notice challenge
- Download our free Equality Wins LGBT activity book
- Spreadsheet of free LGBT films to watch online
- Patagonia film about trees and forests in Japan and British Columbia – you’ll feel you are there and you’ll always look closely at trees after this.
- Explore the universe with NASA's free media library
- Take a virtual tour of a museum or art gallery
- Watch a play by the National Theatre for free during April and May
- Go to a virtual opera with the Royal Opera House for free during April and May
Keeping your brain active is a great way to improve your wellbeing. Why not step out of your comfort zone and learn a new skill?
- Learn a new language for free with Duolingo
- Dive back into something you enjoyed when you were younger with a free tutorial on YouTube
- Learn some new recipes with Jack Monroe
- OpenLearn - Free learning from the Open University
- Future Learn - Free online courses across a range of subjects
- Writing From the Margins - a 16-week course raising the voices of marginalised voices by Otter Lieffe (not free)
- Free online course in ‘cultural emergence’ – learning from nature to think creatively and positively
Whether it is helping a friend, or supporting a cause, doing something for someone else is a great way to improve your wellbeing, whilst putting a smile on someone else's face.
- Take the NHS' Every Mind Matters quiz and generate your own personal mental health action plan
- Advice from the Co-op on how to stay healthy and entertained at home
- 9 strategies for quarantining in a non-LGBT affirming environment
- Advice from Mind about coronavirus and your wellbeing
- Practical advice and support from akt