Welcome to our Self-Help page

Learning ways of improving our mental health and wellbeing 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.

Table of Contents

Translated Materials

Self-Help Booklets

Guided Self-Help

Self Help groups

Stress Control

Self-Help Websites


Translated Materials

Information available in different languages is available from the Royal College of Psychiatrists

NHS Choices has a facility which allows pages on their website to be translated. Click on the ‘Translate’ tab at the top right and choose from over 70 different languages.

Self-Help Booklets

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 booklets and leaflets have been organised into 3 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 Problems

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

Lothian Psychological interventions Network Booklets


Level 2 – Advice and Coping

These booklets provide advice on coping with psychological problems, 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.

Talking About… Series

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

Moodjuice Booklets – These self-help booklets cover a wide variety of subjects and offer useful skills to cope.

Guided Self Help

A ‘Book Prescription’ service operates in west Lothian known as ‘Healthy Reading west Lothian’. Patients with minor mental health issues can obtain a book prescription for a book aimed to give appropriate support and advice.

You can get the healthy reading books from any library in West Lothian. Find out more about Healthy Reading West Lothian


Self Help Groups

A range of self help groups are also run at different locations across the Lothians. You can find these listed in the Service Directory of WestSpace.


Stress Control

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 complimented with a summary handout and relaxation materials.

You can find out when the next classes are running on the NHS Lothian website here.

Self-Help Websites

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

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

STEPS – Website with free workbooks and resources for varied mental health issues.

Mood Gym – Interactive self-help site for cognitive behavioural therapy for depression.