Information and Self-Help

Northumbria Self-Help Guides

Excellent NHS mental health self-help guides, providing information, basic CBT techniques and pointers to further reading for many common mental health issues, including: 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.

Available online, to print, and to download onto smart phones.


They also provide audio files of relaxation techniques that can help relieve stress and gain a sense of well-being. Available in both male and female voices. Available to purchase as CDs for £2.50 each, or to listen to for free, online:


Royal College of Psychiatrists – Mental Health Information Leaflets

Excellent leaflets, available to view online, print or order. Cover the commonest mental health conditions seen in secondary care, including treatment and support options. Many translations available.


Mind (National)

Provide up-to-date information resources for all those touched by mental illness. They cover mental health conditions, treatments, recovery, staying well and legal issues relating to mental health.


K&C Mind – Healthy Mind Workshops

Workshops run by the local K&C Mind branch, offering education on a number of mental health issues, including:

  • What are mental health problems 
  • How to improve your mental wellbeing 
  • Understanding seasonal affective disorder 
  • LGBTQ mental health  
  • Elefriends: Online support and safety
  • Ecotherpay 
  • Hoarding 
  • Carers, friends and family – a guide to coping 
  • Mental health – children and young people
  • Managing stress 
  • Complimentary and alternative therapies 
  • Mindfulness and mental wellbeing  

The workshops do not require previous knowledge or experience and are based on participative training and discussion in pairs or small groups. Each topic is delivered as a stand alone workshop and can be taken as a one off or as part of the series of workshops. They are free to residents of Kensington & Chelsea and are suitable for people wanting to develop their life skills and wellbeing.


A: Office 1, 7 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL

T: 020 8964 1333 extension 8 


CNWL Recovery and Wellbeing College

A learning and development centre aimed at providing a range of courses and workshops which are designed to:

  • Help people develop their understanding of mental health difficulties
  • Help people identify personal goals and ambitions
  • Create a fun, positive and safe environment for learning and exploring recovery
  • Give people the confidence and support to access opportunities and resources available to them.

A range of educational courses, workshops and resources are available to people who use CNWL services or have been discharged from these services in the previous 12 months, their supporters (friends, family or carers) and CNWL staff.

Prospectus details and registration is via the below website:


T: 020 3214 5686


CNWL Choice and Medication

CNWL website providing patient information leaflets, handy charts and fact sheets on mental health conditions and medicines. Many translations available.


Good Thinking

A website bringing together useful resources focused on improving wellbeing. It aims to support Londoners to better manage and maintain their wellbeing in ways that suit them. Self help for sleep difficulties, anxiety, low mood and stress mainly.


Reading Well for Mental Health

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. Booklists are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out for free. The scheme is available in 98% of English library authorities.

Printable leaflet:

Overview of recommended titles:

Get Self Help

Free downloadable CBT self-help information leaflets, also information about Mindfulness and practices. 


Living Life to the Full

Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency. Helps users work out why they feel as they do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives.


Suicide… Living with your Thoughts

Produced by the Samaritans, a useful guide on living with suicidal thoughts: