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Self-help resources

There may be some steps you can take yourself to help improve and manage your Wellbeing and Mental Health and there are lots of organisations, websites and resources that can help you with this.

For many of these topics we have produced self-help guides which also include links to resources and support services.

Follow the links below to find information on the topics which apply to you:

Health and Wellbeing resources

Reading Well self-help books

The University Mental Health Support Team, Counselling Service and Library have introduced a range of self-help books available for students and staff. Further details about obtaining these for free are available below:

"Reading Well" Books on Prescription titles can now be accessed from the University Library. The scheme provides self-help reading based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety and depression.

Reference copies of all the books in the scheme are located in the Leisure Reading Collection in the University Library. Loanable copies are available from the Loughborough Public Library on Granby Street.

There are a range of ‘Mood-boosting’ books relating to mental health and wellbeing (novels, non-fiction and poetry) which are available to loan from the University Library too.

For more information on these schemes visit The Reading Agency website

 

Wellbeing websites

The below websites can be useful to help you manage your health and wellbeing:

NHS Live Well- Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing- 5 steps researched and developed by the New Economics Foundations

One you- One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support

 

Mindfulness Resources

The following set of journals allow you to reflect on your feelings and emotions, with the opportunity to plan for the day, week and month ahead. We recommend to try to put some time aside each month to read through past journals and to continuing adding to them. You can either download the full set of journals (first link below), or the individual journals below.

 

After a crisis

Self-help guide

Alcohol & Drug Use

Self-help guides

NHS self-help guide - Alcohol and you.

 

Websites/ support services

Mind - Recreational drugs and alcohol information.

Turning Point - Support service offering a variety of treatment options for alcohol and substance use.

Frank - Honest information about drugs.

Drink aware - information and advice.

Alcoholics Anonymous - Support with personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics.

Narcotics Anonymous - open to anyone with a drug problem seeking help.

Anger Management

Self-help guides

NHS self-help guide- Controlling Anger.

Mind self-help guide- How to cope with Anger.

 

Websites/ support services

Respect- Information and support for people who are worried about their violent or aggressive behaviour towards loved ones.

Anxiety

Self-help guides

  • Anxiety - PDF self-help information.

NHS self-help guide - Anxiety.

Mind self-help guide - Anxiety and Panic attacks.

 

Websites/ support services

Let’s Talk Wellbeing - Providing NHS psychological therapies.

Anxiety UK - Advice and support.

No panic - Provides information, support and advice for those with panic disorder, anxiety, phobias and OCD.

Living Life to the Full - Offers help for mild to moderate depression, anxiety and insomnia.

Anxiety online workshop - An online workshop about anxiety and looking at ways you may be able to manage it.

Bereavement

Self-help guides

NHS self-help guide- Bereavement.

Mind self-help guide- Bereavement.

 

Websites/ support services

Cruse Bereavement Care - Offer advice and support for those affected by bereavement.

SOBS (Survivors of bereavement by suicide) - Advice and support for those bereaved by suicide.

Bullying

Self-help guides

Depression

Self-help guides

Helping a friend or partner with depression - self-help information.

NHS self-help guide - Depression and low mood.

Mind self-help guide - depression.

 

Websites/ support services

Living Life to the Full - Offers help for mild to moderate depression, anxiety and insomnia.

Students Against Depression - offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.

Let’s Talk Wellbeing - Providing NHS psychological therapies.

Domestic Abuse in relationships

Self-help guides

Student Services Knowviolence campaign - on domestic and sexual violence and stalking.

NHS self-help guide - domestic violence.

 

Websites/ support services

UAVA (United against Violence and Abuse) - A consortium of three local specialist providers of domestic abuse and sexual violence services.

Eating Problems

Self help guides

NHS self-help guide - Eating Disorders.

Mind self-help guide - Eating Problems.

 

Websites/ support services

Beat - giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.

EDISS (Eating Disorders in Student Services) -  EDISS offers the following services, Peer support, Counselling, Recovery and Self-Help Groups, Online Befriending, Drop-in support and Volunteering opportunities. (appointments available on campus)

Loneliness & Homesickness

Self-help guides

Mind self-help guide - Loneliness.

Medical issues

Self-help guides

Procrastination

Self-help guides

Rape and Sexual Violence

Self-help guides

Student Services Knowviolence campaign - on domestic and sexual violence and stalking.

 

Websites/ support services

UAVA (United against Violence and Abuse)- A consortium of three local specialist providers of domestic abuse and sexual violence services.

 

Videos

Cycling through consent - Western University:

Relationships and Sexual Problems

Self-help guides

 

Websites / support services

Relate - The UK's largest provider of relationship support including counselling.

Self-harm

Trigger warning: please note that these resources contain sensitive information about self-harm which may be distressing to some.

 

Self-help guides

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Websites/ support services

  • Harmless is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm and suicide prevention including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals and those at risk of suicide.
  • Mind has a PDF explaining self-harm, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.
  • Mind also has a page for if you need to help yourself now.
  • The Mix has an article contaiing information on self-harm distractions and coping strategies.

Sexuality

Self-help guides

 

Websites/ support services

Leicester LGBT+ Centre - Provide information on a wide range of subjects that affect LGBT people’s lives including signposting and referrals to other agencies.

LSU LGBT Association - Provide a support network for every student who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and all other denominations of sexuality and gender.

Sleep and Insomnia

 

 

Self-help guides

 

Websites/ support services

 

Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings

Self-help guides

Mind self-help guide- How to cope with Suicidal feelings.

 

Websites/ support services

Urgent help - details of NHS services to contact in a crisis.

Calm - Provides listening services, information and support for men at risk of suicide.

Samaritans- 24 hour emotional support for anyone struggling to cope.

SOBS (Survivors Of Bereavement by suicide) - Advice and support for those bereaved by suicide.

Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse

Self-help guides

NHS App

The NHS app allows you to access a range of services including:

  • Booking appointments.
  • Viewing your medical record.
  • Ordering repeat prescriptions.
  • Checking symptoms.
  • Finding up to date coronavirus advice.

You can find out more about the app on the NHS website.