Self-help materials

You don’t need to be referred to us to get help. Our self-help guides and resources are available to everyone.

NHS guide library

You can find self-help guides covering things like anxiety, eating disorders, depression and low mood, and stress from the NHS guide library.

Find NHS self-help guides (visit the NHS website)

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation have several guides covering topics such as overcoming fear and anxiety, mental health at work, and managing and reducing stress.

View Mental Health Foundation guides (visit the MH Foundation website)  

About CBT

You can find more information about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) including worksheets, guides and audio clips.

Find CBT self-help support (visit the getselfhelp website) 

You can find more information about mental health – covering causes, conditions and possible treatments – from video clips in the Health and Care Video Library.

Videos cover:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Loneliness 

Take a look at the mental health guide video clips (visit the Health and Care website)

The clips are free to watch and are produced by NHS clinicians.

If you have a question about your own health, please contact your GP for advice.

 We sometimes recommend apps to use during your therapy with us. Here are five that you may find helpful alongside your treatment with us:

  1. FearTools
  2. WRAP
  3. Insight Timer
  4. MoodTools
  5. Sleepful


Veterans support

If you’re a military veteran, reservist, or service personnel approaching discharge, Berkshire Healthcare can help you access NHS veteran’s mental health and wellbeing services.

Visit the Op Courage NHS Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service website (opens in new browser tab)

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice offer impartial support on things like housing, debt and money, law and courts and immigration. If you’re coping with stress because of matters in your personal life, they may be able to support you. Citizens Advice offer different support whether you’re living in West or East Berkshire.

Citizens Advice if you’re living in West Berkshire (Reading, Newbury or Thatcham) (visit the website)

If you live in Reading, Citizens Advice also offer Making Life Better coaching sessions.

Find details about Making Life Better coaching sessions (visit the website)

If you live in Slough, Bracknell, Windsor, Maidenhead or Ascot (East Berkshire), you can find local support from their website.

Citizens Advice in Windsor and Maidenhead (visit the website)

Citizens Advice in Bracknell and Ascot (visit the website) 

Patient advice

Information about treatments, medical terms and medication written by UK care professionals

Patient UK information (visit the website)  

Mental health support

The charity Mind offer information and advice about types, causes and impact of different mental health challenges

Mind (visit the website)

Friends in Need provide a way for people living in East Berkshire to meet and talk about their experiences of depression

Friends in Need (visit the website)

Sport in Mind is a charity which promotes the great benefits sport can have in staying physically fit and overcoming things like stress and anxiety

Sport in Mind (visit the website)

Need help now? 

If there’s someone you can talk to – a family member, a friend or a neighbour – ask if you can spend a few moments with them to help you relax.

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger or harm, please call 999

If you urgently need medical help or advice, but it’s not life threatening, please call NHS 111

If you want to talk to someone about how you feel, what you’re experiencing or how to deal with someone else's behaviour, you can contact the Samaritans 116 123