How to use the Good Thinking service

Last reviewed on 29 October 2020

As London’s digital mental wellbeing service, Good Thinking promotes self-care for the four most common mental health conditions (anxiety, sleep problems, low mood, stress) and other concerns you might have. Our service gives you 24/7 access to a range of digital mental health apps and other resources, most of which are free if you live or work in London. Popular apps include Be Mindful, Meditainment, My Possible Self, MyCognition PRO and tomo.

In this short guide, we’ll take you through the various Good Thinking resources and suggest five ways you can access them. To get a flavour of the Good Thinking service, please watch the video animation on our home page. And rest assured, we’ll continue to review our resources on a regular basis so that you have the most up-to-date information and support during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Good Thinking homepage

1. Start your journey on the Good Thinking home page

On our home page, you can search for resources by:

  • Mental health concern (e.g. Anxiety, Sleep, Low mood, Stress)
  • Audience (e.g. Parents and carers, Children and young people, Health and care professionals, Employers)
  • Type of content (e.g. Free apps, Podcasts and blogs, How to guides, Workbooks)

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2. Get expert advice in the Good Thinking COVID-19 hub

Over the last six months, the Good Thinking team has created a broad range of content related to coronavirus and mental health. This includes short guides about dealing with uncertainty, getting enough sleep and coping with bereavement and podcasts with experts in trauma, mindfulness, eating disorders, remote working and OCD.

You’ll find everything in our COVID-19 advice hub, which is divided into the following sections: How to manage your mental health, Mental wellbeing advice by group, Personal stories and Useful links.

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3. Use the Good Thinking self-assessment tool

Our in-depth, clinically validated self-assessments are a thorough assessment of both your mental and physical wellbeing and include questions about COVID-19 symptoms. 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 around 20 minutes to complete and, at the end, you’ll get a list of recommended actions for you to take forward. It’s a good idea to save this as a PDF or print it out for your reference.

We have a range of self-assessments for you to choose from based on how you’re feeling – anxious, sleep deprived, low mood or stressed. If you’re not sure which option to choose, you can take our general self-assessment.

Quiz questions and answers

4. Take the Good Thinking quiz

You can choose to take one of our quizzes on anxiety, sleep, low mood and stress. Answer three simple questions, such as “How often are you affected by this?”, and you’ll then receive recommendations for apps and other resources to help you.

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5. Access workbooks by the Centre for Clinical Interventions

The workbooks section on our website includes a range of evidence-based information sheets and workbooks on mental wellbeing by the renowned Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI). Issues such as sleep, anxiety and self-compassion are covered and practical exercises are provided. You can view, download and share this content and go through it in your own time.

Keep an eye on the Good Thinking website as we add new resources on a regular basis. If you would like to receive the latest news and event information from Good Thinking, please subscribe to our newsletter.