Welcome to Healthlocker
Healthlocker is a secure platform powered by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (the trust) that promotes supported self-management and opportunities to improve communication between service users, carers and clinicians. Watch a YouTube video that shows you how to use each feature.
It is currently in development, more features and improvements will be added in the coming months.
Small improvements in our wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also help us to get more out of life.
These 5 ways to wellbeing are proven to improve personal wellbeing. Read the full document.
1. #Connect with the people around us. Building stronger, wider social connections can help us feel happier and more secure, and give us a greater sense of purpose.
Who might you want to connect more with?
2. #BeActive There’s an activity out there for all of us, suited to our level of fitness and mobility.
Being active is great for our physical health and fitness, and also improves our mental wellbeing. Evidence shows moods can improve after just 10 minutes of exercise. Even just walking more every day can make a big difference.
How might you get more active in your daily life?
3. #KeepLearning Learning can boost self-confidence and self-esteem, help build a sense of purpose, and help us connect with others. Research shows that learning throughout life is associated with greater satisfaction and optimism, and improved ability to get the most from life.
What might you want to learn more about?
4. #GiveToOthers Doing even little things for others can give us a sense of purpose and self-worth. It can make us feel happier and more satisfied with life. Being kind to others can stimulate the reward areas in our brain, creating positive feelings. Even doing something small for someone else can give us a buzz.
How might you do something kind for someone today?
5. #TakeNotice Being in the moment, including just being aware of our thoughts, feelings, body and the world around us, can help us appreciate the little things, understand ourselves more and get the most out of being alive.
When in your day can you stop to notice what’s happening with you and around you?
Opening up helped me deal with my mental illness
Everyone with a mental health problem is different. And each person opens up about it in a unique way. Up until last year AJ Stratton had not told anyone about her mental health problems and then she decided the best way to tell her story was through blogging and social media sites. This was a few months ago when she plucked up courage to speak out after suffering for many years. She says she doesn’t regret this as it was her way of telling everyone “in one go” and avoiding those inevitable “sympathetic looks”.