Gentle Changes

Gentle Trauma Therapy & Mental Health Support
Beyond Mindfulness

Free Resources & Links

Pathways to Safety

We can broadly categorise ways of finding safety, i.e. reducing stress arousal, anxiety and dissociation, whilst increasing feelings of safety, calm, stability and accessing the ability to think clearly and take resourceful action, in the following ways...

Self-help Techniques

Breathing Techniques for Well-being Grounding & Orientation to the present Gentle Changes Psychosensory Touch (PST)

Useful links

In the lists below you will find a wide variety of support groups, charities, websites and excellent reading material to help you, and support our work together.
Click on the headings to explore all the useful links available to you.

Papyrus (Under 35s) Are you, or is a young person you know, not coping with life? For confidential suicide prevention advice contact HOPELINEUK. We are open 9am–12am (midnight) every day of the year: 0800 068 4141 or email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Samaritans  Whatever You’re Going Through, Call Us Free Any Time on 116123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Sane Emotional Support: call 07984 967 708 giving your first name and a contact number, and one of our professionals or senior volunteers will call you back as soon as practicable. You can also email us at support@sane.org.uk, and we will respond as soon as possible. Our normal Support Forum and Textcare services are still open.

For Gloucestershire: Suicide Crisis Our Suicide Crisis Centres offer a safe place where you will be supported and helped through your crisis. We have a team of dedicated, caring, well-trained people who really want to help. We provide face to face crisis support. Our new Centre is open 24 hours a day for people at high risk of suicide. Our Suicide Crisis Centres can support you if you live in Gloucestershire.  We also have a Trauma Centre.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

Crisis Plan and Working Through Hard Times
Print out this page or download the PDF Crisis Plan.
Once you have completed the plan, keep a copy for yourself, and give copies to all your supporters.
Update it whenever you need to.

National Association of Therapeutic Parents  In finding us you are no longer alone. We support people looking after children who have suffered early life trauma. Our ultimate aim is to improve outcomes for all our children.

The A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting: Strategies and Solutions, Sarah Naish (Book)

Therapeutic Parenting in a Nutshell: Positives and Pitfalls, Sarah Naish (Book)

But He Looks So Normal!: A Bad-Tempered Parenting Guide for Adopters and Foster Parents, Sarah Naish (Book)

What is Therapeutic Parenting? (video)  What IS Therapeutic Parenting? Sarah Naish explains in straight forward, jargon free language to set you on the right path to heal your traumatised child. Created by an adopter and former MD of successful (Ofsted ‘Outstanding’) therapeutic fostering agency, this 10 minute video will give you a useful overview of the key points.

Recovery in The Bin  We are a User Led group for MH Survivors and Supporters who are fed up with the way co-opted ‘recovery’ is being used to discipline and control those who are trying to find a place in the world, to live as they wish, trying to deal with the very real mental distress they encounter on a daily basis. We believe in human rights and social justice!

We want a robust ‘Social Model of Madness, Distress & Confusion’, placing mental health within the context of social justice and the wider class struggle.

National Survivor User Network We are a network of people and groups living in England who have and do experience mental distress and want to change things for the better. By connecting our members, and amplifying their experiences and aspirations, we influence policy, practice and perception, in order to reduce disadvantage and discrimination and stop people being ignored and isolated.

Fireweed Collective Fireweed Collective offers mental health education and mutual aid through a Healing Justice lens. We help support the emotional wellness of all people, and center the needs of those most marginalized by our society. Our work seeks to disrupt the harm of systems of abuse and oppression, often reproduced by the mental health system.

The Freedom Program (UK) The Programme was primarily designed for women as victims of domestic violence, since research shows that in the vast majority of cases of serious abuse are male on female. However, the programme, when provided as an intensive two day course, is also suitable for men, whether abusive and wishing to change their attitudes and behaviour or whether victims of same sex domestic abuse themselves.

Women’s Aid  Women’s Aid is a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services in England and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated. If you think you might be in danger, call the police immediately on 999.

Support For Male Abuse Victims You can also call the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 for specialist support.

Support For Men Who Abuse It takes strength to admit that you are abusing your partner. If you really want to change, you can.

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. We will continue to add resources

So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Olou (Book)

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge (Book)

TALK RACE  Click to view – our resources are free to download and print

Gendered Intelligence Gendered Intelligence (GI) is a trans-led charity working across the UK. We were originally a Community Interest Company, established in 2008. Our mission is to increase understandings of gender diversity. Our vision is of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued. We work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; we particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25.

LGBT Foundation Our services and activities include: a range of support groups; face-to-face counselling; a helpline, email and pop-in service; a befriending scheme; a sexual health programme, a substance-misuse project; organisational training; a range of guides and resources; a national website; advice surgeries; LGBT infrastructure support; various research projects and policy campaigning.

Mermaids Helping gender-diverse kids, young people and their families since 1995.

Out2gether (Worcestershire, UK) Facebook: @Out2gether Email: out2gether.worcs@gmail.com ‘Out2gether’ is a LGBT+ group for Worcestershire. We are working to build Friendship, Support and Community for LGBT+ folks and allies.

Stonewall list of LGBT-inclusive organisations you should know about.  Our Information Service wanted to highlight some of the organisations we work with that are doing an incredible work to support lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in the UK.

TransUnite Find a Transgender Support Group Near You. Access over 100 verified UK Trans support groups and locate one close to you. Detailed profiles offer specific information on the scope of support provided, meeting schedules and contact information.

‘Is Britain Fairer?’: Key facts and findings on transgender people Is Britain Fairer?’ (2015) is the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s five-yearly review of equality and human rights in Britain. This factsheet captures some of our key findings on transgender people.

Shelter If you’re facing housing issues or homelessness, you can contact our expert housing advisers either online, or by calling our free national emergency helpline or your local service team.

Disability Rights UK prides itself on its high quality information provision developed by and for disabled people.