General Wellbeing and Mental Health Resources

Books

  • Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong. Dr. Tim Cantopher. : ‘This book has helped many thousands of those who have depression. This new edition, written by a leading consultant psychiatrist, explains that depression tests the strongest of us. Dr Cantopher guides the reader through the nature of depression, its history, symptoms, causes and treatments. He covers the latest information on medications, new guidelines as to the management of depression, and stresses that no one should be to blame for succumbing to depression.’
  • Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world. Mark Williams.: ‘MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion and promote genuine joie de vivre. It’s the kind of happiness that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life can throw at you with new courage. The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and it is recommended by the UK’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence – in other words, it works. More importantly it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world. MINDFULNESS focuses on promoting joy and peace rather than banishing unhappiness. It’s precisely focused to help ordinary people boost their happiness and confidence levels whilst also reducing anxiety, stress and irritability.’

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Websites

  • Overcoming: ‘Common mental health problems…one step at a time.’
  • Beating the Blues: ‘Beating the Blues® is an effective treatment for people feeling stressed, depressed, anxious or just down in the dumps. Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the course is made up of 8 online sessions which last approximately an hour and help you to understand the link between how you think and how this influences your feelings and behaviours. The program teaches strategies to help you cope better in the short term and workable skills for life so that you can face the future with confidence.’
  • Moodjuice: ‘Moodjuice is an Internet site developed by Choose Life Falkirk and the Adult Clinical Psychology Service, NHS Forth Valley. The site is designed to offer information, advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions. Moodjuice is an Internet site developed by Choose Life Falkirk and the Adult Clinical Psychology Service, NHS Forth Valley. The site is designed to offer information, advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions. From the site you are able to print off various self-help guides covering conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic and sleep problems. In the site an individual can explore various aspects of life that may cause some distress and on the press of a button can obtain information on organisations, services and other self-help materials such as Self-help Guides, that can offer advice, support and information.
    The Moodjuice site can also be used by professionals through Moodjuice Professional. This area of the site provides efficient and effective access to the various resources available on the Moodjuice database. From this area professionals are able to access self-help guides, problem solving handouts, information on voluntary organisations, local authority and health services dedicated to offering the support that individuals may need to better deal with their feeling and their situation.is area of the site provides efficient and effective access to the various resources available on the Moodjuice database. From this area professionals are able to access self-help guides, problem solving handouts, information on voluntary organisations, local authority and health services dedicated to offering the support that individuals may need to better deal with their feeling and their situation.’
  • GET.gg: ‘Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been proven to help mental health problems. This website provides CBT self help and therapy resources, including worksheets and information sheets and self help mp3s.’
  • Living Life to The Full: ‘Free online courses covering low mood and stress and all of the common linked problems this causes. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more.’

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Apps

  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Self-help Guides: ‘Full range of 23 mental health self-help guides. These guides, three of which have been commended at the British Medical Association Patient Information Award, have been written by NHS clinical psychologists with contributions from service users and healthcare staff.
    Covering common mental health issues like abuse, alcohol, anxiety, bereavement, anger, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, health anxiety, hearing voices, panic to anger, domestic violence, obsessions and compulsions, panic, post traumatic stress, postnatal depression, self harm, shyness and social anxiety, sleeping problems and stress. Our guides contain useful tips and hints as well as self-help techniques.’