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Welcome to our self-help page

If you are experiencing low mood, anxiety or stress in your life then looking into self-help approaches might be the right option for you. There is a combination of factors that may impact our mental health and wellbeing (lifestyle, work, relationships, isolation, finances, poor health) and it’s important to know that self-help doesn’t have to mean you are doing it alone.

This page will help you to identify evidence-based resources that are tailored to help manage your symptoms, navigate services that are available throughout the whole of West Lothian and guide you to identify coping strategies.


Self-help resources

The following resources were developed to help you identify, treat and manage mental health difficulties and disorders.

NHS Inform mental health booklets

The following booklets can help you understand more about mental health difficulties and conditions as well as how to manage them.

NHS Inform has a selection of self-help guides which uses a form of therapy called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Moodjuice booklets

The following booklets cover a wide variety of subjects and offer useful skills to cope.


Stress Control classes

Stress Control is a 6-week evening class focusing on understanding what stress is, how it affects us and how we can manage it. At any one time, it is believed 1 in 5 of us suffer from stress and the sources of stress are widespread. 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 complemented 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 contactus@health-in-mind.org.uk

You can find out when the next classes are running on the Stress Control service page.


Self-help groups

A self-help group is a gathering of people who share similar experiences, such as a health condition or life event ie bereavement, anxiety, cancer. The aim of the group is to provide a safe space so you can share your experiences with people who understand what you are going through. It can be a time to share information and provide support for one another.

Please click here to view all the self-help groups listed on Westspace.



Self-help websites

  • Living Life to the Full is an online self-help course for anxiety, depression and related mental health difficulties.
  • Mood Gym is an interactive self-help website which uses cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • *Mind has a wide selection of self-help information and resources including tips for ‘everyday living’ and ‘treatment’.
    *Mind is a mental health charity based in England and doesn’t operate in Scotland.
  • Get Self-Help provides resources such as worksheets, information sheets and mp3s.
  • Self-Help Access in Routine Primary Care (SHARP) was designed to provide resources for primary care practitioners to support people affected by mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
  • Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR), part of the University of Exeter, has a wide selection of resources on topics such as unhelpful thoughts and enhancing resilience.
  • The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI)’s website has created resources for clinicians, and for those who are experiencing and/or supporting someone with mental health difficulties


Mental health apps

There are lots of apps available to help you manage your symptoms and improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Click here for a full list of NHS approved mental health apps.