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Good Thinking’s latest news, advice and tips on managing your mental health plus guest blogs and personal stories from experts, Good Thinking users and communities from across London.

A new-look Good Thinking – created by Londoners for Londoners

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LAST PUBLISHED 22 November 2022

More than 690,000 people have already benefited from Good Thinking’s on-demand and round-the-clock mental health support – why not check out our new-look service to see how we can help you on your path to good mental wellbeing?

Advice for parents and carers about the stress of exam results

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LAST PUBLISHED 14 November 2022

If someone in your family is getting their A Level, AS Level, BTEC or GCSE results, they might be feeling anxious and stressed. So, how can you help them to stay calm in the run-up to getting their results and deal with what happens afterwards?

How to establish a routine

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LAST PUBLISHED 14 November 2022

Having a routine and structure is good for your mental health. Good Thinking provides tips to help you focus on what you enjoy and get enough sleep.

Advice about eating disorders for parents and carers

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LAST PUBLISHED 14 November 2022

If you need advice about how to support a young person who has an eating disorder, Good Thinking provides tips and links to support organisations.

Six tips to help you deal with bullying

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

To mark Anti-Bullying Week 2022, Good Thinking has updated its tips to help children and young people deal with online and face-to-face bullying.

How to use the Good Thinking service

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

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

Five ways to good mental wellbeing

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

Follow the five ways to good mental wellbeing and find out how Good Thinking’s resources can help you to boost your mood.

What are the Good Thinking self-assessments and how can they help you to stay on top of your mental health?

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

Give your mental health a check-up with Good Thinking’s free self-assessments for anxiety, sleep, depression and stress.

How to connect with nature to boost your wellbeing

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

Nature is closely linked to positive wellbeing. In this article, Good Thinking offers 8 tips to help you make the most of London’s green spaces.

How to cope with loneliness

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

One in 12 Londoners experience loneliness. If you’re one of them, you might find Good Thinking’s wellbeing tips and links to further support useful.

How to deal with stress

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

Feeling stressed? Focus on what you can control. Good Thinking explains why this is so important and where to go if you need further support.

How to deal with tension, conflict and domestic abuse

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

If you’re dealing with tension at home or experiencing domestic violence, Good Thinking provides mental health advice and links to support organisations.

How to deal with uncertainty

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

We’re living in uncertain times and this might be having an impact on your mental health. Good Thinking is here to help reduce anxiety and stress.

How to develop a new healthy habit

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

Did you know that change can be a springboard to developing new healthy habits? Follow the advice from Good Thinking and a behaviour change expert.

How to get enough sleep

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

Struggling to sleep? Good Thinking provides quick tips, free wellbeing apps and a comprehensive Sleep Workbook to help you get better sleep.

How to quit smoking and boost your mental health

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

Want to quit smoking? Stop Smoking London and Good Thinking provide advice to help you quit and stay calm in the process.

Advice for parents and carers of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

Children with ADHD can be energetic, inattentive and impulsive to varying degrees. All these behaviours may seem worse when mixed with anxiety, excitement, boredom and change in routine, as any parent and teacher knows. The advice in this article is to help you think about how to manage your child with ADHD when there is a change in their routine – for example, during the school holidays.

Cost of living crisis: How to look after your mental health

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

With the cost of food, fuel, utilities and other household bills rising, many of us are feeling the pinch and worrying about our finances. This guide for Londoners who are worried about the cost of living contains Good Thinking’s tips to boost your mental health and stay positive.

Young carers: How to look after yourself

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

If you’re a young carer, check out Good Thinking’s wellbeing tips to help you look after yourself as well as your loved ones.

Don’t feel safe at home? Where to find support for domestic abuse

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

Domestic abuse can have a negative impact on young people’s mental health. Read Good Thinking’s wellbeing advice and find out where to go for help.

Feeling angry or frustrated? Tips on managing your emotions and behaviour

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

Feelings of irritation and anger are an instinctive response to threats – for young people and adults. For example, if you’ve fallen out with a friend or you’re stressed about your studies, it’s perfectly natural to feel angry. The important thing is that you know how to manage your emotions and behaviour.

How to maintain a healthy, balanced diet

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

Did you know that what you eat can affect your mood? Check out Good Thinking’s advice about following a healthy diet and boosting your wellbeing.

How to manage boredom

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LAST PUBLISHED 11 November 2022

If you are feeling bored and can’t motivate yourself, use Good Thinking’s tips to get out of a rut and boost your mental wellbeing.

Good Thinking supports over 690,000 people over first five years

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LAST PUBLISHED 31 October 2022

On 1st November 2022 we celebrate 5 years of Good Thinking and helping over 690,000 people to find their own path to good mental health and wellbeing.

World Mental Health Day 2022

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LAST PUBLISHED 10 October 2022

Why Good Thinking strives to be a digital mental wellbeing service for all Londoners.

Collective loss and grief

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LAST PUBLISHED 6 October 2022

If you’ve been affected by the death of a public figure, Good Thinking’s bereavement resources and wellbeing advice can help you to process your emotions.

How to stay mentally healthy at university

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LAST PUBLISHED 12 September 2022

A toolkit for students giving tips and advice to help you to stay mentally healthy and make the most of your university experience.

Keeping cool in the heat: taking care of your mental health over summer

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LAST PUBLISHED 15 July 2022

How to look after your mental health during hot weather

Wellbeing support for Afghan evacuees in London

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LAST PUBLISHED 18 March 2022

Resources available to support the mental health and wellbeing of Afghan evacuees in London

Growing Together for Children’s Mental Health Week: 7-13 February 2022

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LAST PUBLISHED 4 February 2022

Children’s Mental Health Week is an annual event to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing amongst children and young people

Great Mental Health Day 2022

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LAST PUBLISHED 24 January 2022

London comes together to celebrate Great Mental Health Day 2022

How to get urgent support

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LAST PUBLISHED 22 January 2022

If you feel extremely distressed and worried that you might not be able to keep yourself safe, there is lots of urgent support available, including 24/7 NHS mental health helplines in every London borough.

What’s real and what’s not? How to spot disinformation, misinformation and fake news

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LAST PUBLISHED 15 December 2021

When you look up something online or see a post on social media, how often do you stop to consider if it’s true?

Checklist: What to pack for university

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LAST PUBLISHED 5 October 2021

Starting university can be a stressful time, with lots to get organised. Here are some top tips on what to pack.

Six ways to support employees post-lockdown

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LAST PUBLISHED 16 August 2021

As employees return to the workplace post-COVID, Good Thinking looks at six ways employers can support their mental health and wellbeing.

Results day: How to deal with anxiety, stress and imposter syndrome

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LAST PUBLISHED 2 August 2021

In this guest blog by Mhairi Underwood of The Student Room, young people get advice about dealing with anxiety and stress ahead of results day.

How to look after your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

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LAST PUBLISHED 1 August 2021

Good Thinking has lots of apps and other resources to support you if you feel anxious, sleep deprived, stressed or sad, including a self-assessment tool that has been updated in line with Public Health England’s guidance on coronavirus.

There’s an app for that... Feeling Good

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LAST PUBLISHED 30 July 2021

Good Thinking asked young Londoners for their feedback on the Feeling Good and Feeling Good Teens wellbeing apps.

Blog: "Remaining connected to other trans people has been essential for me"

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LAST PUBLISHED 19 July 2021

Jodi shares their experiences of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being queer in isolation

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LAST PUBLISHED 6 July 2021

This blog was written by MIRI, a musician and member of the Speakers Collective.

Q&A: Self-harm

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LAST PUBLISHED 28 June 2021

London’s digital mental wellbeing service Good Thinking answers some of the questions young people might have about self-harm.

Reflecting on the challenges of COVID-19 for the LGBTQIA+ community

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LAST PUBLISHED 14 June 2021

This article was written by Keith Winestein, a member of the Speakers Collective. Keith shares his lived experience of mental health, HIV and AIDS to help others challenge prejudice and to change behaviour.

The 4 Rs of self-forgiveness

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LAST PUBLISHED 10 June 2021

This blog was written by Maaria Mahmood and Hadil Nour of the Muslim Youth Helpline, which has helped over 250,000 people since 2001.

Screen time: Getting the balance right

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LAST PUBLISHED 18 March 2021

Tips on how to get the right balance between your digital spaces and other things in your life.

Dealing with anxiety: Travis’s story (age 16)

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LAST PUBLISHED 18 March 2021

Travis shares his experience of dealing with anxiety

Mental Health and debt - CAP is here to help

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LAST PUBLISHED 18 March 2021

This blog was written by Andrew Whitaker, the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Regional Leader for London. With a background in finance and a passion for people, Andrew wants to see everyone across London get the chance to be free of the burden of debt. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a UK charity determined to reduce UK poverty by delivering debt counselling, money management, job clubs, life skills groups and support for people breaking life controlling habits.

Happiness – be a good friend to yourself first

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LAST PUBLISHED 3 March 2021

This article was written by Caroline Lambie, a humanist celebrant with Humanists UK and the London coordinator of the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network.

"Imagine a world in which even cartoons for children tell boys they can’t feel upset; they must be superheroes. That was my world."

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LAST PUBLISHED 21 December 2020

Antonio Ferreira shares his experiences of dealing with mental health challenges.

Five smooth stones

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LAST PUBLISHED 21 December 2020

This blog about dealing with depression and post-traumatic stress was written by former police officer Nigel Fawcett-Jones. Nigel is now a volunteer Police Chaplain and the UK manager of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, a team of crisis trained chaplains.

Coping with stress

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LAST PUBLISHED 27 November 2020

This article was written by Paul Hurst, a counsellor, therapist and non-religious pastoral carer. It first appeared in a local magazine called Roundabout.

Carers’ week 10 -16 June: It’s time we talked about carers; time we looked after them too

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LAST PUBLISHED 12 June 2019

June 10-16 is Carers’ Week in the UK and Dr Richard Graham, Good Thinking’s Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead, has been looking at the very vital and challenging role they play, and what we can do to help support and learn from them 

How can you tell if you’re about to burn out?

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LAST PUBLISHED 10 April 2019

April is #StressAwarenessMonth in the UK and Dr Richard Graham, Good Thinking’s Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead, has been discovering: do people always know when they’re stressed?

World Sleep Day 15 March 2019

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LAST PUBLISHED 12 March 2019

It’s World Sleep Day on Friday 15 March 2019, so when Dr Richard Graham, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Good Thinking, says, “We really need to talk about sleep,” we sit up and listen

Time to Talk Day 2019: Thursday 7 February

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LAST PUBLISHED 7 February 2019

Dr Richard Graham, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Good Thinking, explains how the journey from listening to talking can be very personal – and that’s OK.

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