How to Use ‘My Toolkit’

What ‘My Toolkit’ is

My Toolkit has been co-created with the community to complement the Sheffield Mental Health Guide.  You can create your own confidential space to put together ideas, services and activities that you’re interested in and which support your mental health.  This space is then there for you whenever you need it, so you can find what you want more quickly.

What can you do on it?

Within the website you can search all the services and activities which appear on the Sheffield Mental Health Guide and ‘favourite’ the ones you are interested in so you can find them again easily.  You can then use your favourited services and activities (plus any other resources you want to add) to create your own plan to support your mental health.  As you work on these you can check off goals you’ve completed so you can see what you’ve achieved.  You can also see activities you plan to go to on your own calendar.

You are also able to use the website to reflect on things in your life which have been positive through using the “Today I am grateful for…” section.  Studies have demonstrated that acknowledging the positive things in our life can help our mental health.  If you like you can save these onto a personal journal which you can look back on.

How to start using My Toolkit

The web address of My Toolkit is https://toolkit.sheffieldmentalhealth.co.uk/  To be able to use the ‘My Toolkit’ website you’ll need to create an account.  You will be invited to do this when you go onto the website for the first time.  You’re required to enter your name, email address and create a password which you’ll need to remember for subsequent visits. You can watch an instruction video about how to use My Toolkit here. 

Home/Welcome page

This is the first page you come to when you log onto the website.  Here you can record up to 3 things you are grateful for each day as regularly recognising the things in your life to be thankful for can improve your mental health.  There is an option to save these to your personal journal so that you can look back on them in the future.

There is also an option to ‘vent’ about things you feel frustrated about as sometimes it helps to ‘get it out’.  These aren’t saved to your journal and will automatically be deleted when you log out of My Toolkit, or if you prefer you can delete them straight away.

Toolkit page

This is your space to bring together your ideas, services and activities to support you with your mental health.  It is split into 5 categories which relate to each of the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’.

In each category you can choose to create up to 3 goals by clicking on ‘add a new goal here’, and then either:

  • Selecting one of the activities or services you’ve favourited (you can add favourite activities and services in the ‘Favourites’ section or directly from the Sheffield Mental Health Guide, and they’ll appear here)
  • Writing your own, e.g. “practice mindfulness for 10 minutes a day” or “join the library”.

Once you’ve completed a goal, mark it as complete and it’ll appear in your journal.  Alternatively, if the goal is something you want to do regularly you may leave them there as an ongoing reminder.

Journal page

This page shows you all the gratitudes/positives you’ve saved.  It also shows you all of the goals which you’ve marked as complete from your Toolkit.  This is designed to be a positive space to remind you of all the good stuff you’ve done.  If you don’t like something that’s in there, then you can simply delete it.

Rainy Day page

Some days can feel too much and get you down.  Your ‘rainy day’ plan may be able to help with that.  It’s designed for you to fill it with the things you may need on days like these.  Maybe there is a quote or poem which gives you strength.  It could be a picture of something or someone special, or just something that makes you smile.  How about a reminder of someone you can talk to that understands and you trust.  Or an activity that you know helps you to cope.

You can save your personal resource on this page to look back on when you need to.

Favourites page

This page features all the services and activities that you mark as your favourites.  When you first go on it’ll be empty but at any time you can use it to search for services and activities to favourite.  These will then fill your favourites page.  All the services and activities which are listed on the Sheffield Mental Health Guide are available to favourite on My Toolkit on this page.

To find services click on the ‘add services’ button and all services appear.  You can then narrow down what you are looking for by typing a word(s) in the filters box which appears.  Once you have found something you are interested in you can click on the ‘favourite’ button for that service.  Not only will these services then appear on your ‘favourites’ page, they’ll also appear as an option for adding as a goal on your ‘toolkit’ page.

In a similar way you can search for activities using the ‘add activities’ button.  Additional filter boxes will appear which include to option to narrow down using dates and times.  As with the services, these activities will appear on the ‘favourites’ page as well as being available to select as goals on the Toolkit page.  Activities you choose will also automatically be added to your calendar.

You can also add services and activities directly from the Sheffield Mental Health Guide.

Calendar page

Your calendar automatically features all the activities you have favourited.  You can also add your own activities manually using the ‘add event’ button.  You can add any activities you like and make it repeat if it is something you do on a regular basis.

Finally…..

A massive thank you to everyone who has helped make ‘My Toolkit’ a reality:

  • Our community, whose regular feedback and commentary inform and guide our work.  Particularly the group who gave time at our co-production workshop.
  • Hive IT who have been fabulous to work with and transformed our ideas into a beautiful website.
  • Our Mental Health Guide funders at Sheffield City Council, and NHS Sheffield CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) who helped gain the funding from the Department of Health to make the development possible.
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