I’m on BBC Radio 4 Tonight for Mental Health!

Hi folks! Here’s a quick reminder that I’ll be on the radio this evening at 9pm (GMT)! It’s for a new series of ‘All in the Mind’ for BBC Radio 4 with Claudia Hammond, which will be discussing teenage mental health here in the UK. There is increased awareness of mental health, as we have programmes talking about it a little bit more, however- there is a rise in teen mental health problems. Here’s the infographic for the programme this evening! cover170x170

As evidence accumulates that mental health problems are on the rise amongst adolescents, are services keeping up? Claudia Hammond is joined by a panel of experts to discuss teenage mental health.

Professor Shirley Reynolds, Dr Dickon Bevington, Kimberley Robinson and Sarah Hulyer discuss the pressures teenagers face and how the mental health of our adolescents is changing. They also offer thoughts on how services could be reshaped to cope with this changing demand and what parents can do to help their teenagers.

I talk about my experiences of mental health problems concerning anxiety and thoughts on what can be changed. I don’t want to give too much away! I’m so humbled to be part of the discussion, and on the flippin’ BBC!! It is so so important.

Here’s the link to the programme: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kch0z

If you do miss it, you can download it as a podcast at 10pm or any time/day/week after. It will be available after the first broadcast, so please give it a listen! The repeat broadcast will be Wednesday at 3.30pm (GMT)

Sending all my good lil vibes to you, and as always – keep real! Let me know if you catch the programme and tell me what you think! ❤ x

3 Best Mental Wellness Apps

Happy Sunday folks! Hope you are enjoying yourself wherever you are! Today I thought to share with wpid-img_20151004_105008.jpgyou some of the apps I think are wonderful tools in staying well, as well as pick me ups when days aren’t so great.

Apps are wonderful little things you can get on your smartphone (presuming you have one!) that are usually free to download. I’ve selected ones that are free to use, so go ahead and get downloading!

So here’s my favourite mental wellness apps which I’ve downloaded. Please go check them out and let me know what you think!

  1. Headspace (FREE trial) – I cannot recommend this ap
    p enough. The first 10 steps are free, so plug in your headphones or set your phone down in front of you for some relaxation. Headspace
    is a beautiful app dedicated to mindfulness and relaxation techniques. It talks you through each step and it’s so soothing to listen to. If you’re 20150713-Headspace-logo
    struggling to get into the mindset of being mindful, this app is for you. It can be hard to get into the swing of meditating, but Headspace welcomes you with open arms and invites you to come back tomorrow on the app for another session. It’s calming and wonderful if you just need that little bit of guidance in getting that ten minutes out of your day.
  2. What’s Up? – It starts off by telling you some real interesting facts about mental health and saying ‘you are not alone’. First thoughts, it’s a definite yes. It’s lovely! It talks you through unnamedthe app and how to use it. It has different sections such as ‘Help Right Now’ ‘Coping Strategies’ and ‘Personal’ so if you’re on the go and feeling a bit stressed, the app is just the bees knees. For example, if you’re over-thinking- there’s a little game you can play that distracts you from your thoughts etc. You can also log in your thoughts and keep track of what’s going in that beautiful brain of yours. I can’t recommend enough, really.
  3. MoodTools – Depression Aid – This app, most importantly- isn’t just for folk with depression, it’s for everyone. There is a depression test you can take on the app, you can also record your mood, thoughts and emotions and do activities. For example, if you’re struggling to find something to do today- click activities and it will list a range of them for you to choose. Click one and see what activity it will give you for the day! It also asks for your mood before and after the activity to see how you’re feeling! This is a great app to organise your thoughts and challenge your thoughts and provide excellent help if you need it. A great aid is also the ‘Safety Plan’, which helps you note down important numbers, reasons to live and places for distraction if you feel you are in crisis. It also provides great numbers for hotlines if you feel you are in crisis, such as Samaritans, 999, Friends/Family as well as calling a Therapist of your choice. You can log all your important information in your iPhone6Whitesafety plan as and when you wish.

I hope you take a minute to download the apps and check them out. Taking the time to be kind to yourself, and having some of these wonderful tools at your fingertips could be the difference between a good and a bad day. Are there any apps that have helped you? Let me know!

As always, sending all my kimmykeepreal love to you! ❤

What University Taught Me About Mental Health- A Post for Rethink Mental Illness

Hi folks and good morning to you all! I hope this post finds you well. Rethink Mental Illness asked me to do a post for them about my experiences with mental health- which coincides with A Level Results Day today.Rethink

Anxiety controlled my life throughout my college years and part of University, so I wanted to share my story for anyone who is thinking about going to University (or not!) about dealing with anxiety. There are links at the bottom of the post for those wishing to learn more about mental health.

If you’d like to check it out- please click the link here!

Much love to everyone, always ❤