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Acacia Family Support - Self Help Videos
We have put this series of self help videos together to help  support your mental wellbeing and help you feel better and have better relationships with those around you including your baby – and that goes not just for today
but for the future too.

Check out our videos below for all sorts of self help tips and worksheets.   The video's have been separated into two sections.  Just below is the Blue Skies section.  Here you will find slightly longer videos and resources on a variety of subjects to help support your wellbeing.   Lower down you will find our Bite Size series which is made up of shorter videos typically around 5 minutes long.  

The Serious Bit

We hope that you will find these Video's and  really helpful and we'll be adding to them in time.  However, 
please remember that the use of these self-help resources are not intended to be a substitute for a consultation with a healthcare provider/professional.  It is up to you to contact a healthcare professional if you are concerned about your health. If you live in Birmingham and would like to register with Acacia for support please use our self referral form to refer yourelf to our service.  You will find the link above in the Quicklinks section above.  If you live elsewhere in the country please click here to see what's available where you are. 

Please check out the information at the bottom of the page for help if you are feeling really unwell at the moment.

Blue Skies

In this section you will find a selection of self help video's between 10 and 20 minutes long with worksheets and other resources to help you to explore ways in which you can improve your mental wellbeing by learning new strategies
and learning different ways of seeing things.

So, make yourself a cuppa, grab a pen and paper and dive in to watch and explore how you can apply
new aspects of wellbeing to your daily life.

ABC of Resilience
Bringing awareness to our stress signs and the concept of the aculmulative stress can help us connect to our strategies when we need them most.

To watch the video click here

To watch the stress bucket analogy video by click here

To download 50 ways to take a break click on the link below.
Planning for Wellness
We plan childcare, playdates, meals (on a good week!) so let’s bring those skills to our own wellbeing. Introducing an illuminating wellness planning tool to identify what strategies you can use to move through difficult times.  Don't forget you can download the traffic light wellness planning worksheet and the stress management worksheet below

To watch the video click here

Download the worksheets below
Self Compassion
Introducing the concept of self-compassion and how you can bring more kindness and understanding to yourself. 

To watch the video click here

Download the worksheet below
Values and Strengths
We rarely think about what we're good at and what's important to us, but it can be really useful when making changes to reflect on our values and act on our strengths.

To watch the video click here

Download the worksheet below
Thinking Traps
Introducing the unhelpful thought patterns we all get into and how we can get out of them.  

To watch the video click here

Download the worksheet below:
Body Image
Many women don't feel happy in their bodies during and/or after pregnancy. This resource pack combines lived experience of young mums with scientific information about how our bodies work to help you find a new way to think of and appreciate your body, just the way it is.

Bite Size

Below you will find our collection of shorter videos featuring bite size quick tips and practices to boost your mood and wellbeing.  Please click on any of the video's below to watch them.  

Grab a brew and enjoy it mindfully with this short meditation practice.
A short grounding technique getting you in touch with your 5 senses.
A short visualisation practice helping you to feel more grounded and stable.
Guiding you through a deep breathing technique to calm you down and reset your nervous system.
Guiding you through a deep breathing technique to calm you down and reset your nervous system.
Introducing the 5 components of wellbeing, and how you can enhance these in your life.
Please remember that Acacia is not a crisis service and if you are feeling really unwell with your mental health and are concerned you must contact your GP or mental health professional as soon as possible.   If you feel like you are suffering a mental health crisis: 
  • In a life-threatening situation call 999.
  • In Birmingham and Solihull you can ring 0121 262 3555 to access the new 24/7 NHS urgent mental health helpline for all ages.  You can use this helpline to get expert advice and assessment for children and adults and you can call for yourself or on behalf of someone else.
  • If you live outside Birmingham the link is here to find your local urgent helpline. Just enter your postcode and it then gives you the right phone number.    
  • You can also call 111 or request an urgent GP appointment.
  • Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. Just text SHOUT to 85258.  The text is free and anonymous on all major UK networks.
  • Alternatively, in Birmingham and Solihull please contact your mental health crisis team:
                For Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT - 25yrs and over) call 0121 301 5500.
                For Forward Thinking Birmingham (24 yrs and younger) 0300 300 0099.

  • and if you have a Midwife and/or Health Visitor contact them as a matter of urgency.

If you live in Birmingham and need help?

Need Help? If you need help or support or have any questions please call.
0121 301 5990
or click here to email us

If you live outside of Birmingham and need help?

View the website If you need help or support please visit the Hearts and Minds website.