We know navigating mental health and the impact of your diagnosis can be difficult, perhaps even more so after the challenges of 2020. Professional support is available however this may not be easily accessible for everyone and may depend on where you live. We have therefore put together some suggestions and useful links to help you access a range of mental health and wellbeing resources.
- NHS (National Health Service) has a range of general resources around wellbeing and including an Apps library too
- Supporting Teenage Mental Health (STEM4) is a charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them
- Mind is a charity that provides advice and support to anyone experiencing mental health challenges.
- Young Minds is a charity actively fighting for children and young people’s mental health
Mindfulness, relaxation and coping:
Mindfulness is the practice of being present and aware of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment (ref NHS). It is used in therapy as a way of focusing on awareness whilst acknowledging and accepting the thoughts, feelings and body language that comes along with it. With it comes the understanding of relaxation and breathing techniques that can help us feel calmer (also provided through other tools as well) and there are a wide range of resources (and apps) available that promote mindfulness. We have included a short list as a starting point.
- The Oxford Mindfulness Centre has a mission “to reduce suffering, promote resilience and realise human potential across the lifespan through mindfulness” they have a range of resources including videos and blogs
- A key name in Mindfulness practice is Jon Kabat-Zinn and you can find some of his resources (available for a fee) including guided Mindfulness Meditation here
- The Independent also put together a list of the 12 best mindfulness apps
Psychological therapy or counselling services:
- Specialist psychological therapy – speak to your Gynaecologist to refer you to a Psychologist with expertise in MRKH/women’s health
- Other psychology therapy/counselling services e.g. NHS IAPT services – GP or self-referral. Visit NHS for more information.
- Private therapy – there are number of online directories to help you find a private therapist. Regulated UK organisations such as the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association of Counselling, Psychotherapy (BACP) and British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Similar organisations and/or regulated bodies for private therapy will be present in other regions.
Peer support can also be invaluable. MRKH Connect offers a safe and secure way to connect those with MRKH together but there is more out there including a range of blogs, social media pages and other MRKH groups and initiatives which we collaborate with. Find more across our website and our social media.