NT LIFE Lockdown Courses
NT Life Recovery College will be hosting a number of courses during the current lockdown (from 5 January). You can view the timetable here. If you would like to attend the Football or any of the face to face sessions at the Linskill Centre, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For the online sessions, please click on each course below to find out more and register.
Creative Writing with Emma: Tuesdays 10 am to 12 noon online via Zoom meetings
A supportive, inspiring, and encouraging place for you to explore the different styles and genres of writing.
- Books & Beyond: Tuesdays 3 pm to 4 pm online via Zoom meetings
During Lockdown why not join us for Books & Beyond an online meeting space to join other NT LIFE’rs to read the opening chapter(s) of a book we provide and then share your thoughts and opinions. We will send the chapter(s) to you prior to the meeting. As the weeks go on you can make suggestions for the books we begin. Our host Emma Farrell will create a few opening questions and then we have a good natter. Don’t be surprised if we go off-topic.
- Carers Support Group: Thursday Starting 14 January, 6 pm to 8pm online via Zoom meetings
Hosted by Julie and Lesley this is an opportunity for any North Tyneside Carers 18+ to come together and share experience and challenges in a supportive network.
- Mindfulness With Phil Saint: Starting Friday 15th January 12.30 pm to 1.30pm online via Zoom meetings
Give yourself a relaxing break and join our mindfulness zoom group led by Phil each Friday. He will spend the first 10 minutes checking in with everyone and then folk can mute themselves as he leads three 10-15 minute exercises.
Guide to investing in your relationships
Good relationships protect our mental health and wellbeing at any stage of life. People who are more socially connected are happier, physically healthier and live longer. Loneliness can be toxic to our wellbeing – our health declines earlier and we can have shorter lifespans. It’s important to remember that it is good, supportive relationships that protect our bodies and our minds. This guide from the Mental Health Foundation will outline what each of us can do to create better relationships with ourselves, with the people we are close to, and with those around us.
Avoiding video conferencing fatigue while working remotely
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more professionals are working remotely from their homes to practice social distancing. Accordingly, there has been an increased use of video conferencing technology, both for work and socialising. While video conferencing allows users to interact face-to-face virtually, many have reported feelings of exhaustion following video calls External link that were not experienced when meeting in person. This resource from UCL School of Management looks at how you can avoid video conferencing burnout.
Money & Mental Health - Practical Financial Skills to Manage Money
The guide offers lots of helpful information such as:
- How financial debt and money worries impact people’s mental health
- The importance of practical financial skills and how it helps with mental health
- Practical, useful tips and advice and other useful information and links to external resources
- Access the guide here
How to overcome fear and anxiety
How to overcome fear and anxiety, a guide by the Mental Health Foundation.
Guide to Tax Debt and Mental Health
Rift has created an in-depth guide on caring for mental health when dealing with debt. The guide covers uUnderstanding the impact of debt to mental health. Advice for dealing with debt. What to do if debt problems begin affecting your mental health and more.
Supporting your child’s mental health as they return to school during COVID-19
Looking after your mental health as we come out of lockdown
For many of us, the gradual easing of lockdown brings longed-for opportunities (even if at a social distance) – to see friends, play sports, resume contact with family in ‘real space’ or get back to work that we value.
But for many of us, even the happy, much anticipated changes can be difficult for our mental health.
And for many others the prospect of coming out of lockdown when debate is still live about the science supporting it can be a real worry. This may especially apply to those more vulnerable to the virus and those of us with mental health concerns.
Mentalhealth.org give some useful tips and advice follow the link:
NT LIFE's Little Box of Hope
While we can’t share the physical contents of the Little Box of Hope online, we wanted to give you access to the poems, resources and exercises that were included. There is also a list of the physical contents of the LBOH if you would like to recreate one for somebody you know (or yourself if you wish).
COVID-19: Psychological First Aid Course
Free psychological first aid (PFA) training to help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19 from Future Learn
Guide to housing and financial support available for veterans
This guide is designed to help veterans access advice on mental health, finance and housing and will be regularly updated.
Essential information for unpaid carers
Are You Looking After Someone Unpaid? Download the Carers Week information for unpaid carers here.
Money Saving Expert's Mental Health & Debt 2020 guide
Money Saving Expert has put together this useful guide on mental health and debt. The guide contains help, information, guidance and support for
individuals and carers.
How to look after your mental health
The Mental Health Foundation has produced a free publication on how to look after your mental health.
5 Minute Journal from 11:11 Mindfulness Training
This journal contains a range of simple, mindful activities for anyone from beginners to experts to do daily, alone or with loved ones, to help prevent stress and emotional turbulence and bring a little peace and clarity, both mentally and physically – with organisational tools and planners included! Pick one activity to start with, remember how to document how these make you feel! Dedicate a notebook to your journal notes. There’s also space to write in here too!
Dreamcatcher and Wellbeing Jar
Thrive at Home
The Little Book of WINS
Self Isolation recovery pack journal
The Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust has developed a comprehensive guide to looking after your mental health and wellbeing during isolation. It contains a host of tips and suggestions for keeping well, along with a self isolation recovery pack journal.
Patient and carer involvement information from the NHS
The Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS Trust is producing regular downloadable COVID-19 specific Involvement Communications to Service Users and Carers. Topics include wellbeing, advice for carers, physical health, social distancing etc. It is updated regularly.
Psychological Resilience Through the Pandemic
This document, produced by CBT specialist Dr Kate Castle, aims to provide evidence-based, self-help information and tips for getting through the coronavirus pandemic, based on psychology, resilience research and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Covid-19 Time Capsule Download
Coping During the Pandemic
The Recovery College has a free online guest course on coping during the pandemic.
Therapy for You
Therapy for You has a range of free online CBT-based courses delivered by NHS therapists, which have been developed to help you understand your problems and build on the coping skills you already use. Treatment is delivered through a series of video sessions that you can complete any time and at your own pace. You get to choose where you do it too – out and about, at home or anywhere you get an internet connection.
Coursera Together: Free online learning during COVID-19
To help our community during this critical time, Coursera Together has launched new, free resources, as well as surfacing interesting course collections, community discussions, and expert interviews. They will continue to update this list with new resources as they find them.
Learning Curve Group fully funded Level 2 online courses
The Learning Curve Group has over 40 fully funded online courses available for you to sign up to and complete online. Each learner is responsible for following the below link to complete their individual enrolment onto their chosen course.