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How to use the Good Thinking service

New to Good Thinking? Here’s how to use London’s digital mental wellbeing service and find free resources to boost your mental health.

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As London’s digital mental wellbeing service, Good Thinking promotes self-care for the four most common mental health conditions – anxiety, stress, low mood and sleep problems – as well as other concerns, such as bereavement. More than 690,000 people have benefited from the service since its launch in 2017.

Good Thinking gives you 24/7 access to a broad range of free NHS-approved wellbeing apps and other online resources. To ensure that we provide the right kind of support to Londoners of all backgrounds and ages, we co-create tailored mental health content with faith communities, youth groups and other organisations across the city.

In this short guide, we suggest how you could start your Good Thinking journey depending on your need and the amount of time you have available. You can rest assured, we’ll continue to regularly review our mental health resources so that you have the most up-to-date information and best possible support in 2022 and beyond.

Take our quick quiz (3 minutes)

If you’ve only got a few minutes to spare, take one of our quick quizzes. Choose from our:

  • anxiety quiz
  • low mood quiz
  • stress quiz
  • sleep quiz

and then answer three simple questions, including “How often are you affected by this?”.  Once you’ve completed the quiz, you’ll receive recommendations for free NHS-approved wellbeing apps and other resources.

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Dive into a topic (10 minutes)

On the Good Thinking home page, you’ll find the four most common mental health conditions:

Choose the one that is most relevant to how you’re feeling. For example, if your mind is racing and you feel on edge, select anxiety to get Good Thinking’s advice for reducing anxiety and our recommendations for NHS-approved wellbeing apps. If you’re not sure what to select, take our overall self-assessment .

Try a free NHS-approved wellbeing app (15 minutes)

Visit our apps page to get information about all the free NHS-approved wellbeing apps that are available to Good Thinking users. These apps use proven therapeutic techniques to help you manage stress, boost resilience, achieve goals and much more.

Adults who live, study or work in London can access apps including Be Mindful, MyCognition PRO, tomo and My Possible Self for free by downloading them through the Good Thinking service. For young people, we recommend wellbeing apps such as Clear Fear, Move Mood and Student Health App.

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Do a self-assessment of your mental health (15-20 minutes)

You can choose from a range of Good Thinking self-assessments based on how you’re feeling – anxious , stressed , depressed or sleep deprived . If you’re not sure which option to choose, take our overall self-assessment .

Powered by Doctorlink, our in-depth, clinically-validated self-assessments are a thorough assessment of both your mental and physical wellbeing. They may seem quite medical because they are based on the types of questions a doctor or a psychologist might ask you.

You can answer questions about yourself or someone you may be concerned about. Each self-assessment takes 15-20 minutes to complete and, at the end, you’ll get a list of recommended actions for you to take forward to help boost your mental health.

Go through our workbooks (several days or weeks)

Good Thinking has worked with sleep and trauma experts to develop two in-depth workbooks. Our six-module Sleep Workbook provides simple tools to help you improve the quality of your sleep and our Trauma Workbook contains seven techniques to help you feel grounded if you have experienced something traumatic.

Londoners who use the Good Thinking service can also access a range of evidence-based information sheets and workbooks on mental wellbeing by the renowned Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI). You can view, download and share this content and go through it in your own time.

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If you’re really struggling with your mental health, your GP is always a good place to start. If you feel very distressed and can’t wait to see your GP, or feel unable to keep yourself safe, visit our Urgent Support page for details of local NHS 24/7 helplines and other support organisations.

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