Self-help Information

We hope this information is helpful.  Please note that Staffordshire University is not responsible for the quality, accuracy or effectiveness of the services, information or advice provided by organisations external to the University.

Websites

If you would like to try and find out more about a particular issue or find ways to help yourself, you could explore the websites given below.  These sites have information on all sorts of issues and ways of improving your mental wellbeing that you might find useful.

 

Drink Aware - provides information about alcohol as well as guidance on being safe in relation to alcohol.

Living life to the full -  allows you to work through information about 'life skills' online with the intention of improving your mental wellbeing. 

Mind - provides information on a variety of mental wellbeing issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, self-harm, etc.  You can read information as well as listening to podcasts.

NHS Choices - provides information on a variety of mental wellbeing issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, self-harm, etc. You can do a quiz about your mood, read information about an issue, listen to podcasts and find out about other peoples' experiences.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust - Self Help Guides produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust  http:\\www.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp  Titles cover a range of mental health issues.

Students Against Depression - provides information about depression.  You can read student blogs and also use a workbook to try and help yourself.

Frank - provides information on a variety of drugs, their effects, risks involved and the law.  You can also read about other peoples' experiences.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists - provides information on a variety of mental wellbeing issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, self-harm, etc. You can read fact sheets and leaflets as well as listening to podcasts. 

Mental Health Foundation - provides information on a variety of mental wellbeing issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, self-harm, etc. You can listen to various podcasts to help you relax and better manage stress and anxiety. There is also a guide on how to talk to your GP if you are not sure what to say.

start2 - provides information and suggestions on a variety of ways to be creative, in the hope that this will improve your wellbeing.

Mindfulness for students - provides information about mindfulness as well as podcasts and videos.

Podcasts

The following web pages also offer podcasts - some provide information, others provide exercises to help manage low mood and stress:

Mental Health Foundation - these podcasts offer a range of listening exercises to help you relax and manage stress.

NHS Choices - these 'moodzone' podcasts provide information about low mood and anxiety.

MIND - these podcasts and blogs offer a chance to find out about others' experiences of mental wellbeing difficulties.

Mindfulness for students - these podcasts offer some mindfulness exercises.

Apps

You can download apps to use on mobile devices.  As you may be aware, some apps are free to download and some are not.  On some apps that are free to download, there may be charges to access some content, so please be aware of this.

A list of mental health apps can be found in the NHS Digital apps library.

Other apps that you may find helpful:

Self Help Guides produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust  http:\\www.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp  Titles cover a range of mental health issues.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention - Stay Alive app

SAM - an app to help understand and manage anxiety, developed in collaboration with a research team from UWE (University of the West of England), Bristol.

Leaflets

In addition to the information available on the above websites, we have a variety of information leaflets that are available in our waiting areas.  Please help yourself to these leaflets.