1. Be part of the heard, come on in to Elefriends - http://elefriends.org.uk

    You know, we all struggle to cope sometimes. But you’re not alone. This is a place for everyone who’s been there. It’s a safe space to share tips and experiences and reach out to others who might be struggling to. Elefriends look out for each other. It’s simple to sign up and there’s absolutely no commitment. Say as much, or as little, as you like. And the Ele himself will also pop in from time to time, with a few suggestions or to see how his friends are doing. If you feel confused or have a question, let the Ele know we can work something out together. So come in and say hello.

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  2. Be part of the heard, come on in to Elefriends - http://elefriends.org.uk

    Getting started

    Getting started as an Elefriend is easy. But we all know how daunting it can be to try something new. So here are a few things that might help.

    What makes Elefriends is you. It’s that simple. Whether you’re feeling on top of the world, or really down, your Elefriends want to know. Your Elefriends don’t judge and you don’t need to put on a brave face here. You can be yourself and feel safe. Remember to respect each others’ privacy and keep Elefriend conversations between Elefriends.

    Don’t worry if you don’t feel like an expert. All Elefriends are experts in their own way. Everyone has something to offer, however small. We come from all walks of life, and we might disagree from time to time. But we like that we’re all different, and that we still respect each others’ feelings.

    It easy to misread something online, so do pause for a moment and think you before you post. Remember, one persons’ molehill can be another’s’ mountain. We never know the full story, so please treat your Elefriends gently.

    Giving help can feel as good as getting it. Support can come in many forms. Even saying, “I hear you”, can do someone the world of good. So why not tell the Elefriends how you’re feeling today? Or comment on an Elefriend’s post?

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  3. Be part of the heard, come on in to Elefriends - http://elefriends.org.uk

    Looking after yourself

    Elefriends are here for each other to lend a friendly ear. If things are tough for you right now, reach out to the Elefriends to get it off your chest. But there are also times where you’ll feel more comfortable talking to someone face to face. So try to keep in mind when you’re happy to talk to someone online, and when you really need to see someone in person. Remember that supporting others can take it out of you, too. Make sure you extend the same kindness to yourself that you do to other Elefriends. Take your time and take breaks, especially when you’re supporting an Elefriend who’s struggling. You may be worried about them, but it won’t help them if you end up feeling anxious and fragile, too.

    Elefriends like hearing how you’re doing. But sometimes sharing too much can leave you feeling vulnerable. We’ve all said something we’ve regretted later, so take a moment and think about what you’re comfortable sharing. And if ever things get too much, contact the Samaritans, call 999 or to your nearest accident and emergency department.

    So, start looking after yourself right now by doing something nice for your mind. Even if it’s something like a gentle stroll, something tasty and wholesome to eat, or a soak in a mud bath, like the Ele here. Whatever works for you.

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    Worried about an Elefriend?

    The Ele struggles from time to time and he knows that some of his friends do, too. But together, we can find people who will listen, and places to go to for help. If you see someone posting, it makes such a difference if you respond. Remember how good even the smallest gesture felt when you reached out before? Elefriends remember, because they’ve been there, too. We all understand what it’s like to be lonely, anxious or low. Listening to an Elefriend and talking about what helped you cope could also help them. Encouage them to keep talking to supportive people in their lives, and to be gentle on themselves.

    But sometimes, it’s all too much. And if you think that they could do with some urgent support, then suggest that they could contact the Samaritans, call 999 or go to their nearest accident and emergency department. There’s lots more information on the Mind (http://www.mind.org.uk) website about what to do in a crisis.

    And while it’s very valuable to help others, please look after yourself too, and speak up if you’re feeling upset.

    So let’s keep looking out for each other. Why not ask the Elefriends how they’re feeling today?

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  5. When it comes to being more active, staying motivated can be even tougher than getting started. Some days might feel easier, while others might be an uphill struggle. In this animation, made with members of our Elefriends community, we look at some of the things that help us to stay on track.

    You can find out more about sport, physical activity and mental health on the Mind website: http://mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/sport-and-mental-health/

    And joining Elefriends can help you find a little extra support and encouragement: elefriends.org.uk/

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