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The psyCommons series

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At some point in our lives, all of us are likely to find ourselves facing human condition difficulties, challenge, loss, critical choices, disappointment, success, poverty, illness, fame, stress, discrimination, wealth, ageing, abuse, burnout.

How well we cope with any of this seems dependent on our beginnings, the mix of vulnerability and resilience that we have learned or absorbed – how psySavyy we are.

What is psySavvy?

Being streetsavvy is something we take for granted and teach our children – the hundreds of thousands of people who can run a marathon are the tip of an iceberg of  widespread physical fitness – people who are fitnesssavvy. psySavvy seeks to add to this – in our relations with others and ourselves becoming psySavvy.

To become more psySavvy:

  • Recognise and value our everyday rapport, our chat with others and our learning from experience - more
  • Become more aware of the hidden obstacles and opportunities in our history as persons that shape our myriad stories and relationships and what has been learned about them - more
  • Recover essential learning about the human condition that the psychological professions have captured and enclosed and make it more widely available - more
  • Find or create enhancements of the psyCommons that meet our current needs for community support – for survival, recovery or flourishing - more

Build resilience - become more psySavvy - some resources (random order)

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Strong Roots - personal development through gardening

Strong Roots is a unique and innovative therapeutic garden project in Norwich. It is based on four adjoining allotments which are being developed into a shared garden. more

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. more

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Five Rhythms Dancing

Founding members of the IMTA are teachers of the 5Rhythms®, trained and certified by Gabrielle Roth, IMTA is a not-for-profit organisation, that provides a voice to all members and avoids traditional top-down hierarchy. The IMTA is based in Belgium with members across the world. more

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We help empower survivors of childhood abuse NAPAC has helped over 20,000 adults begin a journey of recovery - support line - free resources. more



Co-counselling is reciprocal peer counselling; co-counsellors take it in equal turns to be client and counsellor. Everyone is equal, there are no "experts" trying to "sort out" other people, one person listens while the other talks, the person being client who is in charge of the session and the person being counsellor mainly gives good attention. more


Walking Football United

All aspects of this relatively new, innovative version of football. It will endeavour to provide up to date information on the game's expansion and development, county and FA initiatives in support, input and funding. more

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Men in Sheds

Men's sheds are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work. The essence of a Shed is not a building, which some don’t have, but the network of relationships between the members. more

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Hearing Voices Network

Hearing Voices Network for people who hear voices, see vision or have other unusual perceptions ‘living the life you choose, not the life others choose for you’ (whether those others are family, friends, workers or voices). more



Want to chat? Free, anonymous and confidential chat with trained volunteers - over 3 million conversations. more


Infant Massage

IAIM promotes nurturing touch and communication through training education and research so that parents, care givers and children are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community. more

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Massage in Schools

The child-to-child massage programme has been developed as an inclusive whole school strategy for reducing children’s stress levels, aggression and bullying.  The MISP is a well-structured yet simple programme.  The clothed, peer massage is for children 4-12 years old. Given and received with the child’s permission, given by the children, to each other on the back, head, arms and hands. more

Carers UK

Looking after your loved ones can be tough, but you’re not on your own.
Led by carers, we’re here to give you expert help & support. more



Our aim is to: Make parents' lives easier by pooling knowledge, advice and support. We try, as far as possible to let the conversation flow and not to over-moderate. Mumsnet is a site for grown-ups. Anyone with web access can read the Talk discussions on Mumsnet. But to post you need to join. Talk pregnancy, baby, Child Education, Life & Style, Food Money, Work, Reviews. It hosts discussion forums where users share peer-to-peer advice and information on parenting, products and many other issues. more

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Kindred Minds

Kindred Minds is a unique mental health project for people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds in Southwark and nearby areas. We are a user-run and user-led project by service users for service users – We are experts by experience.

Our services are open access, no cost, no referral, free membership. more


Bullies Out

Our work directly addresses bullying, one of the core reasons affecting the emotional, social and academic well-being of young people. We integrate practical, interactive activities that often provide pupils with empathy, insights into their behaviour and problem-solving strategies, as well as building a positive teamwork and community ethos. more

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Can't Sing Choirs

Gain greater understanding of the elements of pitching and voice production and experience the pleasure of singing in parts - all those things you felt were beyond you. This class is suitable for complete beginners. By the end of the course you should be able to: Sing three to four songs in the classical and/or folksong styles. more


Emotions Anonymous

Emotions Anonymous is a twelve-step organization, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic status, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. more

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Intentional Peer Support

Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about and inviting transformative relationships between people. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things. more


National Survivor User Network

The NSUN network for mental health is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give us a stronger voice in shaping policy and services. more

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The Bridge Collective

A democratic community where people who have experiences, beliefs, and feelings that have sometimes been labelled as mental illness are welcomed and can talk about these experiences freely, safely and without judgement; a place to participate in friendship, support, learning, teaching, discussion, being active, and making a valid contribution both within the collective and the wider community. more

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We seek to prevent male suicide by offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via our helpline and website. We believe that if men felt able to ask for and find help when they need it then hundreds of male suicides could be prevented. We believe that there is a cultural barrier preventing men from seeking help as they are expected to be in control at all times, and failure to be seen as such equates to weakness and a loss of masculinity. more



PAPYRUS provides confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person including a national helpline, HOPELineUK, including text and email services, staffed by a team of mental health professionals who provide practical help and advice to vulnerable young people and to those concerned about any young person who may be at risk of suicide. more

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U Share Foundation

U Care Share Foundation are a charity promoting emotional well being in young people & supporting families affected by suicide. U Care Share Foundation have developed an Emotional and Mental Health (EAMH©) workshop which is designed to get young people to be aware of how emotional health issues can affect them and most importantly where they can turn to at a time of need. more

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State of Mind Rugby

State of Mind aims to improve the mental health, wellbeing and working life of rugby league players and communities. We want to get people talking about it. Our team of mental health and sport professionals deliver comprehensive education sessions at no cost throughout the UK in super league, championship and amateur clubs as well as colleges and community groups, aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues within sport. more

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Lifelineis a crisis response counselling helpline for people suffering distress or despair in Northern Ireland. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help. more

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Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They are there in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and information. more

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Family Lives

Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We know that many people play active roles in raising children, from dads and mums, grandparents, stepparents and non-resident parents. Our role is to support all of you to achieve the best relationship possible with the children that you care about. more

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Bullying UK

Bullying Uk offer advice on how to identify bullying and intterupt it, cyber bullying, bullying at school and work along with advice for schools and parents. Family Lives is here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can contact us about any family issue, big or small. Listening, supportive and non-judgemental. more

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MAMAA supports victims of violent crime, and those bereaved through murder and manslaughter. We highlight victim needs continuously, and, at every level. Each person we support is treated as an individual. And your needs are met as such. We will help a family, whatever their needs. Whatever your need, we are here for you, for as long as you need us. more



ASSIST offers confidential, emotional and practical support to individuals and families affected by trauma. ASSIST also extends its support and counselling provision to family members and loved ones. If you have experienced trauma and are struggling to cope with the effect this has had on your life, or the life of a family member, it may help you to talk to someone who will not judge, but who will listen and understand. more

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Get Connected

Get Connected is a UK free, confidential helpline for young people under 25 who need help and don't know where to turn. Our service is available 365 days a year and young people can contact us by phone, webchat, email, text message or use our online directory, WebHelp 24/7. When a young person gets in touch, one of our 100 trained Helpline Volunteers helps them explore their issues. They offer emotional support and can let them know about appropriate sources of further specialist help. more

Women's Aid

Women's Aid

Women’s Aid is the national charity for women and children working to end domestic abuse. We are a federation of over 220 organisations providing more than 300 lifesaving services to women and children across England. more

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation is a simple, effective mental technique which allows the mind to transcend, or settle to the simplest, most powerful state of awareness. It does not involve any mental control or any active thought process. more

Breathing Space (London)

Breathing space teaches mindfulness approaches that help prevent relapse into depression and addiction and manage stress and anxiety. more

Free Psychotherapy Network

A group of psychotherapists offering free and low-fee psychotherapy to people on low incomes. We are currently developing our own ways of doing no-fee work and we are supporting each other in the experience. more

Living Streets

Living Streets is the national charity that stands up for pedestrians with you to create safe attractive streets where it is enjoyable to walk. more

Art of Hosting

The Art of Hosting is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges. more


Altgen supports 18-29 year olds to set up workers co-ops as a collaborative and empowering solution to youth unemployment. more

Young Minds

Improving the emotional resilience and mental health of children and young people throughout the UK by informing and actively engaging with children, young people, parents, policymakers and professionals. more

The Real Junk Food Project Armley

Pay-as-you-feel restaurant in Leeds (west, 34 Chapel Lane, Leeds LS12 1UP) serving gifted and recovered food that would otherwise go to waste. more