Mental health and wellbeing : Self-help therapies


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    Find a psychological therapies service in your area

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    If you prefer, you can talk to your GP and they can refer you and share relevant information about you.

    Psychological therapies services are also known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services.

    Apps and online tools for mental health

    There are lots of apps and online tools you can use to help improve your mental health.

    You can see a selection in the NHS apps library.

    Some online tools for mental health are available on the NHS.

    Research shows that, for some people, they can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy with a therapist for depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.

    Some allow you to work through a self-help course online with support from a therapist.

    Others offer live therapy with a therapist via instant messaging.

    You can also join an anonymous online community where you can meet and talk with other people who have similar mental health problems to you.

    You don't need much experience with computers or technology to use them.

    Am I eligible?

    Whether or not you can get access to an online tool on the NHS depends on the problems you're experiencing and how severe they are.

    It also depends whether the NHS offers access to online tools for mental health in your area.

    Self-help books

    Check whether a book was written by a counsellor or therapist who has lots of experience and is registered with a professional body, such as the British Psychological Society.

    You should find this information in the front or back of the book.

    Or look for self-help books that have been recommended by a professional organisation, such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

    Reading Well Books on Prescription

    You can find books for common mental health problems like anxiety and depression on the Reading Well Books on Prescription website.

    These books are all recommended by NHS health professionals and by people living with the health problems covered in the books.

    Reading Well books are available free from your local library.

    'Overcoming' self-help books

    These books and CDs are recommended by Reading Well and cover more than 30 common mental health problems, including anxiety, low self-esteem and grief.

    They're available from bookshops and libraries, or you can buy them from the Overcoming website.

    Blogs, forums, videos and audio guides

    Elefriends forum: a safe, supportive online community from Mind

    Blogs and stories: from people who have struggled with their mental health

    Moodzone: NHS advice on stress, anxiety and depression

    NHS audio guides: advice on anxiety, depression and more

    Video: 8 relaxation tips from Mind

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