Mental Health

Resources

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Dr Charlotte Marriott

MBBS, BSc(Hons), MRCPsych, PGCME, DipIBLM

Dr Marriott qualified as a medical doctor in 2004 with an intercalated degree in Neuroscience from University College London. She then completed postgraduate training in psychiatry in 2009 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education with Distinction in 2015. She is a member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM) and became a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician and Chair of the BSLM Mental Health Special Interest Group in 2020. She was also a registered and insured 200hr yoga teacher with the Independent Yoga Network, though now retired from this role due to her various other commitments!

She grew up in the Worcestershire countryside and found living in the hustle and bustle of London as a student really challenging. To manage the stress of city living she would walk and run in the parks as often as possible and spend time in the countryside at weekends. She noticed a powerful effect of exercising in nature on her mind, health and well-being, leading to her feeling calmer, more relaxed and better able to withstand stress and upheaval.

She is interested in the mind-body connection and how improving the health of the body improves the health of the mind and vice versa. She has become aware that so often in medicine we are treating symptoms of ill health without paying enough attention to lifestyle factors such as nutrition, sedentariness, sleep, urbanicity, psychosocial stress, smoking and alcohol, for example. Making a few simple changes to our lifestyles can have an enormous impact on our health, long-term health outcomes and quality of life, and as The Lifestyle Psychiatrist she aims to inspire others to make those changes and reap the benefits in their own

lives.

More details on her website

You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Self-Help Resources

If you require URGENT help. please contact 999 or go straight to A&E. 

NHS Apps Library has a range of apps recommended to improve mental health.Some of the apps are listed below.

Recovery College Online provides a range of online educational resources for those struggling with mental health issues, as well as for friends, families and healthcare workers. It also provides information on recovering from COVID. 

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Sleepio is a 6 week online program designed by sleep experts and based on cognitive and behavioral techniques.

Mind Charity for a wealth of information on mental health conditions and support. including some ways to cope in a crisis.

Their infoline (9am-6pm Monday to Friday, except for bank holidays) can provide information and signpost you to appropriate services: 0300 123 3393. 

Mind also provides email and web-chat services. 

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Shout is a free 24/7 confidential, anonymous text service if you are struggling to cope or want someone to talk to. 

Text SHOUT to 85258 to get support. 

Samaritans is a free service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call them on 116123 if you want someone to speak to or to listen to you. 

You can also email them, write them a letter or use their self-help app to track how you're feeling and get recommendations on things you can do to help you cope better. 

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Our Frontline provides mental health support for frontline health, care, emergency, educational and key workers. 

It is a is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UKand The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Apps

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Support for resisting and managing the urge to self-harm

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Toolkit to help you manage fear, anxiety, low mood and stress

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Build a personalised wellbeing toolkit to help you deal with whatever life throws at you