Self help information
Self-help is a broad term that refers to improving mental health or personal wellness without extensive professional help. It can be used for a variety of issues and you can do this work in your own time to help with problems such as stress, anxiety and depression.
They can also be convenient if:
- you are wanting information about the problems you are experience o help you understand what you are experiencing and suggestions of what you can do to manage these more effectively
- you are short of time, you have family or work commitments
- you can't get out easily
For some, this is enough to help and they no longer need therapy as they can put into practice the information they have been looking in to. Whilst for others, educational reading and self-help techniques from a range of different resources can help individual prepare for therapy and find it easier to engage with.
Recommended online self-help materials and resources:
Northumberland self Help https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/
A large range of self-help guides are available to download in several formats. Information available on abuse, alcohol, anxiety, bereavement, self-esteem, depression, controlling anger and much more.
The Overcoming Series – https://overcoming.co.uk/7/Home
Suggested books and disorder specific recommendations resources
Cedar- workbooks and resources – cedar.exeter.ac.uk/iapt/iaptworkbooksandresources/
From the site you are able to print off various self-help guides covering conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic and sleep problems.
A free, web based programme that a range of self-help information for low mood.
Get Self Help www.getselfhelp.co.uk
Get Self Help is a website based on CBT techniques and information.
CCI Health www.cci.health.wa.gov.au
It focuses on anxiety, low mood and eating disorders.
Life Signs www.lifesigns.org.uk
(Self-Injury Guidance & Network Support) it aims to raise awareness about self-injury and provide information and support to people of all ages affected by self-injury.
No More Panic www.nomorepanic.co.uk
No More Panic provides information about Panic, Anxiety, Phobias and OCD.
Living life to the Full www.livinglifetothefull.com/
The Living Life to the Full is a life skills course that provides practical advise you can use in your own life.
Big White Wall www.bigwhitewall.com/
The support network for emotional wellbeing. It also provides resources for Serving Personnel, Veterans and their families.
The IAPT Service is not a crisis service. For help in a crisis please click the button in the top right hand corner of this website. Alternatively, you can call 111 or in an emergency 999. Samaritans are a charity-led service to help those in time of a crisis or difficulty, with a free call service on 116 123 which is completely anonymous.