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Volunteering to reduce social isolation in Portsmouth

Many elderly, vulnerable and at risk people will be self-isolating and social distancing in the coming weeks and months due to the Coronavirus outbreak. One way you can support these people is by becoming a volunteer with HIVE Portsmouth. As well as helping with delivering food and medication, they need volunteers to make regular telephone calls to vulnerable residents – for a chat and to check on their welfare. If you think this role would suit you, sign up HERE.

The Benefits of Volunteering

This report was commissioned by the Social Exclusion Unit from the Institute for Volunteering Research. It reviews the available literature on adult mental health and volunteering, to identify benefits gained through volunteering activity.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (C.A.L.M.)

Leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day. Join the campaign to take a stand against suicide. Radio X has teamed up with CALM to produce a Mental Health Toolkit – a series of podcasts from Nish Kumar, Ed Gamble, Iain Stirling, Jason Fox and Simon Neil tackle topics including money worries to anxiety, drawing on their own personal experience as well as providing some advice for if you’re struggling. 

Blurt It Out

Increasing awareness and understanding of depression. A series of podcasts available here with experts talking about food, sleep, self compassion, business and emotional first aid.

Action For Happiness

A movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. Take a look at their ’10 keys to happier living’ and their monthly ‘Coping Calendars’.

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The Time to Change campaign is about challenging stigma and discrimination against people experiencing mental health problems and mental ill-health. Time to Change say that talking about mental health can strengthen friendships, aid recovery, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that affects us all. Why not connect with over 38,000 other people who’ve signed the Time to Change pledge to start a conversation about mental health. Click here to find out more and sign the pledge

The Mystery and Magic of Smiling

The perfect gift: a new publication from TED Books examining the benefits of smiling for our health and wellbeing. How can something as simple as a smile be so deceptively complex?

Moodscope

Moodscope is based on the idea that you can measure your mood daily, using an online card game, to improve your overall mental health. By registering on the website, you can track your mood and if you want, nominate someone to act as your ‘buddy’. This Measure, Track and Share method can lift your mood in and of itself.