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Self Help

There are links to information, printable guides, on-line tools, reading, video and mobile applications all aimed at helping you support yourself.

(Alongside using these resources we strongly encourage you to talk to your local doctor or appropriate health professional about any concerns you may have. The information provided in the resources are NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis or treatment by an appropriate health professional.)

For guided self-help information on specific topics please take a look at our comprehensive collection of Self Help Guides 

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There is always someone to talk to no matter the issue:

  • Nightline (20:00 - 08:00)- 0113 3801381 (listening) 0113 3801380 (information)
  • Samaritans - 0113 2456 789 (local) 116 123 (national) Email: jo@samaritans.org
  • NHS 111 - Tel: 111
  • Connect Helpline - Leeds Based emotional support and information free phone 0808 800 1212 (18:00-02.00)
  • The Mix - 0808 808 4994 - Free confidential helpline for under 25's - See website for opening times
  • Muslim Youth Helpline 0808 808 2008 A free and confidential service offering support to vulnerable youth in need
  • HOPELineUK - Confidential young persons suicide prevention advice: 0800 0684141 / SMS 07786 209697 (Weekdays: 10:00-22:00pm, Weekends: 14:00- 22:00, Bank Holidays: 14:00- 17:00)
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably Helpline for young men (aged 15-35) who are depressed or suicidal or living in crisis. Telephone: 0800 58 58 58 (17.00-midnight -7 days per week)
  • SANEline 0300 304 7000 SANEline is a national 7 days a week out of hours telephone helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.(18:00-23:00 each evening)
  • The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy also has a list of links to national helplines. Just visit the site and choose 'Useful Links' from the main menu.
  • Help4Addiction 0330 088 9518  - Free helpline for those with an addiciton or are supporting someone with an addiction. Open 24/7
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Below you can find links to information and specialist organisations who provide support for a range of issues.

National Mental Health Organisations

Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction

Anxiety and Panic



Domestic Abuse

Eating Distress

Family Estrangement

  • Stand Alone Support for adults that are estranged from their family or a key family member

Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour / Phobias

  • OCD UK - Support for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Sufferers
  • OCD - Information Booklet (Mind)


  • Psychosis - Understanding Psychotic Experiences Booklet (Mind)
  • Mind Reel - Short Video about Psychosis
  • Hearing Voices Network - Support for people who hear voices or have unusual perceptual experiences
  • Aspire Aspire : Leeds Early Intervention in Psychosis Service

Rape and Sexual Assualt

Self Esteem

Self Harm



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  • The Desk
    The Desk offers free access to online modules, tools, quizzes and advice - aimed at supporting students with their physical and mental wellbeing
  • Elefriends
    Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it's like to struggle sometimes, but now there's a safe place to listen, share and be heard. (Created by Mind - national mental health organisation)
  • The Mix
    Support for under 25 year-olds ranging from information & advice, forums and live chat
  • NHS Health Tools
    Interactive tools, smartphone apps and podcasts
  • NHS Mood Zone
    Whatever you need to know about boosting your mood, coping with stress, anxiety or depression or simply improving your overall emotional wellbeing, the NHS Choices Moodzone is here to help. It offers practical, useful information, interactive tools and videos to support you on your way to feeling better.
  • Doc Ready
    Doc Ready helps you to get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health problems
  • Living Life to the full
    The 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
  • Students against depression - Workbook
    Workbook to help you understand and start to tackle your depression
  • Moodscope
    Moodscope is an online programme aimed at helping you take control of your mood
  • Mood Gym
    MoodGYM is a free innovative, interactive web program designed to prevent depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment.
  • Wellbeing Self Assessment
    Wellbeing self-assessment. This tool uses WEMWBS, a scale which is often used by scientists and psychologists to measure wellbeing. To get your wellbeing score, go through the statements and tick the box that best describes your thoughts and feelings over the last two weeks.
  • E Couch
    E-couch is a self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief. It provides evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.
  • Recover your life
    On-line Self Help Community Forum
  • Get Self Help
    This website offers CBT self-help information, resources and including therapy worksheets on the free downloads pages.
  • Mood Juice
    This site is designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them. Emotional problems are often the mind and body’s way of saying that something needs to be changed in our life.
  • Managing distress and Uncomfortable feelings
    Online package designed to provide you with some information about distress intolerance and suggested strategies for managing distressing or uncomfortable feelings more effectively.
  • The Big White Wall
    On Line peer to peer support community
  • Talk to Frank
    Live Chat (2-6pm) Website or Tel: 0800 77 66 00 SMS 8211
  • Action for Happiness
    Website about promoting happiness
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably
    Charity aimed at preventing male suicide. Also offers a helpline
  • It Gets Brighter
    Website featuring messages of hope from those living with a mental health issue
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People have told us that when they read about the way their problem has affected other people's lives, they feel less alone. They say they feel reassured that this is a serious problem and as other people have struggled with it.

By reading you give yourself the best chance of coming across solutions that appeal to you. You might like to take a look at our collection of self help guides on a range of topics:

You can also access Mind for a comprehensive list of other self-help leaflets. Alternatively try a Google search on the subject you are interested in.

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