Crisis point

If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide please reach out to one of the following amazing organisations. They hear from thousands of people each day experiencing mental health issues and can offer guidance and support. Our volunteers are wonderful, empathetic and knowledgable people, but they are not health professionals.

Samaritans

Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123. We're here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don't have to be suicidal to call us.
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Therapists and alternatives

A good counsellor and/or therapist will make you feel safe and supported, you will want to share things with them and they will HELP. Finding someone that you trust is the most important part. Choosing from a list of qualified BACP counsellors could be an excellent first step.

However, if you're looking for something different (and My Black Dog is a little different) please find a sprinkling of the unusual and a dash of the obscure below as well.

Remember, you don't have to do anything that doesn't feel right, do what you feel works for you. There are some great people on here.

Vanessa Lynham - Blooming Unique Soul

Vanessa is a Life Coach & Wellbeing Professional based in Brighton. Her purpose ~ to promote positivity, connectivity and wellness for the body, brain and spirit is at the heart of her work. A personal journey of self discovery has ignited a passionate to inspire others to unveil their true purpose and meaning in life. Through individual coaching and group programmes Vanessa will inspire you to discover and create balance in your life through the four pillars of wellbeing ~ Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Social ~ allowing you to Bloom into your full potential as a human being. Create the sunshine within ~ Blooming Unique Soul
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Cogs Mental Health

Cogs Mental Health was founded in late 2020 and was inspired by a conversation between a group of old University friends. Whilst meeting for a weekend reunion the conversation unexpectedly turned to mental health - and several of us were able to talk openly and honestly about some of the struggles we've had in the past or struggles that are ongoing. The conversation offered a forum for friends to open up to one another and be brutally honest about how they are feeling. A few weeks later the concept of Cogs was born - a page aiming to promote mental health support and awareness whilst offering hints and tips, all based on personal experiences. With 2020 being a year different to any other we have offered tips for coping with lockdown plus ideas for workouts, home recipes and mindfulness. In addition to this we have launched our own podcast 'The Cogcast' and have started selling Cogs branded products to try and raise mental health awareness, with a % of sales going to charity.
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Boxing Futures

At Boxing Futures we make an immediate, positive and enduring impact on the lives of those who we work with.We help young disadvantaged people take part in positive activity which makes them fitter and healthier and improves their mental wellbeing. As a result of this they find that they can use their newfound energy, confidence and experience to seek out opportunities in employment, education, training and volunteering.
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Viveka Chauhan

Viveka is a wellbeing facilitator based in London, with roots in India. Her objective is to help you create a connect between mind, body and spirit using creative means; To enable positive transformations in mental and physical health, deepen relationships and enrich life goals. Please see her article on our blog page to learn more about The Four Types of Alternative Therapies for Mental Health.
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Borrow my Doggy

Dogs are a man’s best friend for a reason and the benefits of spending time with them are endless. Martha Roberts, the award-winning UK health writer says that “if you spend time with a dog, not only will you benefit physically, you’ll also benefit psychologically.” Dogs: Increase happiness levels Reduce stress and make people feel less lonely Make people feel as happy and positive as their human best friend does Spending just 15-30 minutes with a lovable dog can leave you feeling more relaxed and calm and relieve everyday stress. Overall, “spending time with a dog can make you a happier person.” - Psychologies Magazine. If you don't have a dog of your own it doesn't mean you can't reap the benefits of spending time with one. BorrowMyDoggy is an online community connecting owners with local trusted people to help share the care of a dog. Sign up for free and take a look at the local dogs in your area.
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Joe Easton of Easton London

Need some grooming from someone you can talk to? Joe's your man. He's a master styler that can advise you how to look and feel your best. You'll get grooming advice together with classic and contemporary gents haircuts to traditional luxury wet shaves, beard trimming and styling. Joe also happens to be an excellent listener. His studio is really private, it'll just be the two of you, so it's a good place to have a chat, or not, no pressure. Either way, you'll get a discount if you mention MY BLACK DOG. He's a cool cat, definitely worth a visit.
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Craniosacral Therapy with Safa Boga

My journey into therapeutic body work began in India, the home of my ancestors and of ancient healing wisdom. Whilst studying counselling in London I experienced my first craniosacral therapy session. In one session I had not only resolved a lifetime of bruxism but had a deep felt understanding of how I had created that particular holding pattern of tension. I was drawn to the transformative, deeply interpersonal and natural way of working and in 2018 began my post graduate diploma at the College of Craniosacral Therapy (CCST). Using gentle touch and attunement to your body and energy system I work alongside you to explore and resolve the root cause of issues that are presenting themselves either emotionally, physically or mentally.
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Nicole Williams – Personal Trainer

Nicole Williams is a qualified Personal Trainer working in North London, she can train you 1:1 or with a small group of friends. In her own words: "My passion has always been martial arts and nutrition, I love making my workouts fun and effective! " Nicole is also the only woman in the UK black belt in Shidokan, a triathlon of martial arts, which might be one of the coolest things I've ever heard. Contact here.
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