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5 Where to find support

There are many online support services giving information and guidance on different ways to manage stress, such as Mind [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . Mind also provides a translation service – language line – for support in languages other than English.

Online communities such as Big White Wall and Elefriends are helpful and provide support for people who are finding it hard to cope. These online communities are completely anonymous, which allows people to speak openly in confidence.

This website is useful for online services in Wales:

http://www.mentalhealthwales.net/ voluntary-sector/

Local authorities now have ‘living well’ and well-being services – online and in the form of leaflets and related information, support groups, workshops and courses. You can find more information online, for example on the NHS Wellbeing website, or through your doctor, local library, Citizens Advice Bureau or local council offices. These places will also be able to provide you with information about other local community groups and support if you prefer an offline approach.

Time to Change is an organisation that challenges mental health stigma and discrimination. It also provides information on stress and workplace well-being for employers and employees.

You heard from Norman about the support he received from the Carers Trust. There are other organisations like this, such as Care UK, who also offer support and guidance.

Activity 8

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Search online for five well-being support groups.

List them here and write a short statement about what they do.

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If you would rather not go online where else can you seek support?

Write down three places you could go to for support.

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Comment

It is relatively easy to search online for all kinds of support – both for general well-being and for support for specific conditions. It is not so easy to begin to seek out support without the aid of the internet but your doctor would be a good place to start, as would a Citizens Advice Bureau, local council office or public library.

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