My Health & Wellbeing

Improving my mental health

Self - help

There are lots of ways that you can help to improve your own mental health. 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 choose to refer yourself to your local service, the practitioner who first meets you should suggest some self-help recommendations that may be suitable to the problems you wish to overcome.

Published books

Several self-help books are recommended by the Devon Partnership NHS Trust 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 or 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 have created a library of self-help guides, available from their website. Whilst this information was created by the Depression and Anxiety service in Devon, it’s content will be suitable for all patients wanting to access self-help in the area. You can see the full collection of guides here.

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 Choices 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 NHS Choices


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 here.