Health & wellbeing

Remember to look after yourself, especially when you’re working intensively or alone, or when financial or other pressures are getting too much.

These resources can all offer ways to make sure that, no matter what else is happening in your life, you keep looking after number one.

Making the most of your SoA membership

Don’t forget to make the most of the benefits of being part of the SoA’s national community of authors.

  • Get involved in our local and professional groups – as a member they’re free to join, and they offer opportunities throughout the year to stay in touch with authors in your area or working in your specific discipline.

    No local group in your area? We can help you get one off the ground. Find out more on our local groups page.
  • Writers as Carers – started specifically with the wellbeing of its members in mind, our Writers as Carers Group is a peer support group designed for SoA members who have caring responsibilities to share their thoughts, experiences and their writing.
  • Events and Workshops – come along to our regular events and workshops across the UK to hear from and network with authors facing the same daily challenges.

Live Well - healthy living resources from the NHS

A great set of articles and guides from the NHS, from healthy eating and exercise, to smoking, alcohol and apps to help you manage your health; plus a specific guide on musculoskeletal health for those who work at a desk.

Arts Minds

Arts Minds is a mental health website designed specifically for creative practitioners. Run by the performing arts community (led by BAPAM, Equity, The Stage and Spotlight) it offers guidance around health, career, relationships and more – all with a practical understanding of the pressures that creative practitioners face.

Reading Well

Reading Well, a resource set up by the Reading Agency, helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

The books are all endorsed by health experts, as well as people with living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers. You can be recommended a title by a health professional, or you can visit your local library and take a book out yourself.

Mind Infoline – 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

Mind Infoline can talk to you about where you can find help, and about medication and treatments, and more. They can also provide legal information and general advice on mental health related law. The line is open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation publishes eight free to download pamphlets on practical approaches to specific mental health issues, including anxiety, self-harm, reducing stress and mental health in later life.

Refuge - 0808 2000 247

The UK's largest single provider of specialist domestic violence services - supporting more than 4,600 women, children and men each day.

Relate – 0300 100 1234

The UK's largest provider of relationship support, supporting more than a million people each year of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships.

Five steps to mental wellbeing (NHS)

The NHS lists five actions that, according to research, can help to boost our mental wellbeing.

Also available is a mood self-assessment quiz to help you better understand your emotional state.