At British Judo, we aim to promote a sustainable membership programme where all people have the best opportunity to have Positive Mental Health and wellbeing.

Positive mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual is able to realise their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can perform productively, and is able to contribute to their community.

We also aim to ensure there is appropriate support for those experiencing Mental Health Problems.

A Mental Health Problem is a pattern of behaviour, experiences, thoughts and feelings that causes significant distress and/or impairment of daily functioning and/or difficulties in relationships with others.

Such distress or impairments are most likely to be experienced over a period of time and are not easily alleviated by an individual’s typical coping strategies.

The Mental Health Continuum is a scale used to identify early signs of mental health concerns, that can be effectively treated. This model recognises the spectrum of health concerns, be they mental or physical, that may impact people throughout their lives.

What’s really helpful is the fact that it’s four options, which eliminates having to distinguish different feelings that aren’t necessary comfortable to share out loud. It’s easier to just say that today, I’m “reacting” and have it being understood correctly.

Another important thing about the Mental Health Continuum is that there is a place for everyone on it, regardless the state of mental health or mental illness. This reduces stigma significantly because everyone fits in. As the picture above indicates, there’s a back and forth motion that signifying change. This mean that anyone who is “healthy” can have times in their life when they are “reacting” and those who are “injured” have the ability to be “healthy”.

Who can I speak to if I have concerns about mental health?

If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s Mental Health, the most important thing is to speak to someone you trust. If there is an immediate risk to you or anybody else, you should contact the emergency services on 999.

Service Contact
Big White Wall

Commissioned by over 150 organisations globally, they are an online service providing access to millions with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues.

https://www.bigwhitewall.com/
Samaritans

Samaritans are there, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, they’re taking action to prevent the crisis.

They give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. And they encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives.

https://www.samaritans.org
Mind

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

https://www.mind.org.uk/
NHS https://www.nhs.uk/
Papyrus

PAPYRUS are the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

They exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

https://papyrus-uk.org/
Shout UK

Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

https://www.giveusashout.org/
Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and more caring world. Our patron is The Dalai Lama and our members take action to increase wellbeing in their homes, workplaces, schools and local communities.

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/
HeadFit

Mental fitness is all about the good management of good mental health. HeadFIT for Life helps defence people stay mentally fit and on top of their game…at work and at home.

https://headfit.org/tools/de-stress/
HealthyMinds Innovation

They are committed to bringing the gift of well-being to as many people as possible so that they can do our small part during this crisis.

https://hminnovations.org/hmi/about
Prevent Suicide

The Stay Alive app is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

In addition to the resources, the app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a LifeBox. Here you can store photos and memories that are important to you.

You can also read the strategies for staying safe or explore the tips on how to stay grounded when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Try the guided-breathing exercises, and support your wellness by creating your own interactive Wellness Plan.

The app links you directly to local and national crisis resources, so you won’t need to carry around slips of paper with contact details on – it’s all stored there within the app. If the resource isn’t listed, simply add in your own.

https://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/find-help-now/stay-alive-app/

There are a number of apps that can also help you combat mental health and anxiety issues:

App Further Information
Smiling Mind
  • Free programs for children and adults
  • All content is free
  • Not for profit organisation
  • Programs for Adult, child, classroom and workplace
  • Stress, sleep, attention/concentration, wellbeing, performance, sport, mindful eating
Breathe Daily check in and recommended activities, e.g. guided meditation

  • Meditation and breathing timer
  • Free activities for adults and children
  • Daily activities
Insight Timer
  • Lots of free guided meditations.
  • Can choose topic, e.g. anxiety, stress, sleep
  • Timer with choice of ambient sounds.
Headspace
  • Free trial 2 weeks
  • Guided meditations on everything from stress to sleep
  • Over 40 mindfulness exercises for cooking, eating etc
  • Short mediations to do any time
  • Sleep sounds
  • 10 day beginner course
  • Monthly or annual subscription
Calm
  • 7 day free trial then £28.99 per year
  • Few free activities to try without signing up for free trial
  • Meditation and relaxation aid to help with sleep
Happify
  • A free to access website including interactive games and discreet positive coaching.
  • Extra resources available with a sign up cost.
BelievePerform
  • The world’s leading source of performance psychology, well-being and mental health content for the sport community.

Dealing With Grief:

Resource Further Information
Help Guide

HelpGuide is a nonprofit mental health and wellness website. Our mission is to provide empowering, evidence-based information that you can use to help yourself and your loved ones.

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/grief/coping-with-grief-and-loss.htm
NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/coping-with-bereavement/
Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care was founded in 1959 in Richmond upon Thames and is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/about-grief
Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families, and the professionals who support them.

https://www.winstonswish.org/

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