Today kicks off #mentalhealthawarenessweek – a week where we unite to raise awareness for mental health conditions and to strive towards a healthier mind. While social media can be used to improve our mental health by easily communicating with friends and family, it can also have the potential of negative effects if used too much or in the wrong way.

With that said, we have collated 7 of the best Instagram handles to help inspire your newsfeed and give you some fantastic tools to improve your mental health.

1. Samaritans

Instagram handle: @samaritanscharity

Samaritans are one of the UK’s largest mental health and suicide prevention services who offer 24/7 support 365 days a year. There are some excellent toolkits on their website, including a self-help app where you can ‘keep track of how you’re feeling and get recommendations for things you can do to help yourself cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis’. You can also sign up to their newsletter for regular toolkits and advice delivered straight to your inbox.

Last year, over 20,000 people volunteered to be a Samaritan by being there for someone to talk to, whether that be on the phone, on text or on email. If this is something you would like to do, you can do so by clicking here.

 

2. Young Minds UK

Instagram handle: @youngmindsuk

Young Minds’ mission is to stop young people’s mental health reaching crisis point. They say that “every young person whose mental health ends up in crisis is a young person who has been failed. Young Minds know that the earlier young people can access the right help, the more likely it is that they can avoid these crises.”

Like Samaritans, Young Minds have a fantastic resources library full of useful toolkits, publications, reports and policy information about children and young people’s mental health. They too provide a newsletter that you can sign up to.

3. Chessie King

Instagram handle: @chessiekingg

One of the biggest issues on social media, particularly for young people, is trying not to compare our lives to others. Especially our bodies! Here’s why we love Chessie King – Chessie is a ‘body positive’ influencer who encourages people to ‘love their bodies’ and remind users what unfiltered and normal looks like.

4. Mind UK Dorset Mind

Instagram handles: @mindcharity & @dorsetmind

Mind UK are a nationwide mental health support charity who form a network of 130 local Minds in England and Wales and were set up in 1946. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and tirelessly campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They offer a whole range of resources from in-house workplace training to ‘5-step crisis plans’.

Dorset Mind represent Dorset and surrounding areas and offer fantastic local support groups and online support groups of which you can book in slots for, alongside a whole range of toolkits and local resources for all ages.

5. The Burnt Chef Project

Instagram handle: @theburntchefproject

The Burnt Chef Project is a non-profit campaign and clothing brand operating within hospitality to challenge mental health stigma through online training, open conversations and sales of branded custom merchandise.

8 out of 10 hospitality professionals report having experienced at least one mental health issue during their career and TBCP is committed to burning away the stigma associated with mental health for hospitality professionals worldwide.

There are plenty of ways to get involved with this fantastic project by donating, buying merchandise or becoming an ambassador. Find out more here when we caught up with Kris Hall last year for a guest blog.

 

6. Dad Says Jokes

Instagram handle: @dadsaysjokes

Want a good laugh? If wit and puns are your thing then we introduce you to the ultimate pick up profile of Dad jokes. What better way to improve your mental health than to have a good giggle over some jokes. You’re welcome!

7. Hi Anxiety

Instagram handle: @_hi_anxiety_

Hi Anxiety is a digital social impact campaign that uses the field of social emotional learning (SEL) to help young people better manage everyday anxieties and improve emotional well-being. We think this profile is awesome! While we all feel a bit anxious from time to time, some people can find feelings of anxiety far more overwhelming than others. We recommend giving this account a follow for daily reminders of comfort and advice.

 

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While these are some of the best services that we think are available, we’d love to know if you have any more. Contact us today and let us know if there are any others that you would recommend. 

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