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Improving my mental health

Self - help

There are lots of ways that you can help to improve your own mental wellbeing.

Self-help measures such as reading a self-help book or joining a support group are all worthwhile ways to help you overcome your problems, and improve the way that you are feeling.

If you think you need more help or have more complex mental health needs you can make an appointment with your GP who can refer you to the appropriate service.

If you are experiencing low mood, are struggling to cope, feel low, anxious or overwhelmed by how you are feeling then you can self-refer to your local service, click here to find out more.

Published books

Several self-help books are recommended by the Depression and Anxiety service. Many people living with depression and/or anxiety have found to be of real help. These include:

  • Overcoming Depression, Paul Gilbert, Robinson Publishing ISBN 9781841191256 

 A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques, this book is full of step-by-step suggestions, case examples and practical ideas for gaining control over depression and low mood.

  • Overcoming Anxiety, Helen Kennerley, Robinson Publishing ISBN 9781854874221  

 A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques to help people take charge of their own recovery.  This book describes the various forms that anxiety problems may take and contains illustrative quotes from people who have had anxiety problems; allowing readers to realise that many others have shared similar experiences and overcome their difficulties.

These titles are available for purchase in most book stores, online, or may be available for loan in your area. Click here to find your nearest library service

Self help guides

Devon Partnership NHS Trust has a library of self-help guides available on a range of topics:

Self-help guides

You can also access Five Ways to Wellbeing resources on their website at:

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Online support

There are a number of useful websites which provide relevant practical information, suggestions and advice. 

  • Living Life To The Full course is a life skills course that aims to provide access to high quality, practical and user-friendly training in life skills.  The course teaches you how to tackle and respond to issues/demands which we all meet in our everyday lives.
  • Mood Gym – learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.
  • NHS website moodzone - up-to-date information from the NHS on conditions treatments, local services and healthy living.
  • Mood Juice - some information on this site is only specific to Scotland, but there is useful self-help literature on a variety of issues including anger, anxiety, assertiveness, bereavement, depression, insomnia, obsessions and compulsions, panic, post-traumatic stress, shyness and social phobias.

Click above for links to more organisations through the NHS website


Mobile apps can be effective tools that make therapy more accessible, efficient, and portable for those with anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, PTSD, and other related disorders.

There are a number of apps out there which are worth viewing to see which meet your requirements. Click here to find out more.


If you feel you need to talk someone, you can find a list of helplines on the NHS website, follow the link below.