Self Help Booklets

Learning ways of improving our mental health and well-being is important to all of us.  Research has shown that for many people, self-help can be an effective way of learning how to manage stress and common mental health problems.

On this page you will find up to date information about a range of self-help resources, materials and services which are easily accessible and free of charge.

A number of booklets and leaflets are available to view and download from this site. These leaflets are also available from other sources such as GP surgeries, community mental health nurses, and local organisations that support people with mental health difficulties. These have been organized into three different levels.

Simply click on the titles below to access the booklets online or to print them off. These files are provided in Adobe PDF © format set to open in a new window.


Level 1 – Information on Mental Health Conditions

The main focus of these booklets is to provide information about common mental ill-health conditions and psychological distress.

Lothian Psychological Interventions Network (LPIN)  Booklets

Talking About… Booklets

The Talking About… booklets reflect discussions, suggestions and comments made by service users, health professionals, professional bodies, lay and voluntary organisations.

 Level 2 – Advice and Coping

These booklets provide advice on coping with psychological issues, and include some information about where to get further help and support.

Lothian Psychological Interventions Network Booklets

Level 3 – Self Directed Planning

These booklets are self-directed and encourage the user to be reflective. The user is encouraged to record progress through observation of changes. When using the material, the user plans and implements changes to their behaviour and routine.

Moodjuice Booklets

These booklets cover a wide variety of subjects and offer useful skills to cope. They are written as workbook style booklets and use CBT techniques.

Books on Prescription

Your GP or health professional can now recommend a self-help book by giving you a book prescription. On it will be details of a suggested book title from a recommended list which you can borrow from your local library.  Your prescription might also include some useful websites.

These books have been specifically chosen by health and information professionals to help people cope with difficult and emotional times in their lives.

You can get these books from any of the libraries in West Lothian, including mobile libraries. If you are not a member of the library yet, you can get a card by showing your book prescription.

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Telephone and Web Self Help

Living Life is a free confidential telephone service  offering cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Living Life to the Full is a free online self-help course for anxiety, depression and related mental health issues

Centre for Clinical Interventions Website has free workbooks and resources for varied mental health issues.

STEPS is a Glasgow based website with free workbooks and resources for varied mental health issues.

Mood Gym is an  interactive self-help website for cognitive behavioural therapy for depression.

Self Help Groups

There are several different self-help groups that meet in West Lothian. You can use the Service Directory to search for self-help groups.

Stress Control Classes

Stress Control is a free 6 week course run by the NHS. The course focuses on understanding what stress is, how it affects us and how we can manage it.. During the course, we explore how stress affects how we think, how our body feels, what we do and our sleep pattern. The course is educational and each session is complimented with a summary handout and relaxation materials.

The course is free to attend and places can be booked by contacting Health in Mind on 0131 225 8508 or email

Several courses are run throughout the year. See the NHS Stress Control page for more information.

Translated Information

Health in My Language gives you translated information about health and well-being services in Scotland.