Self-help resources

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 


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.

Mental Health Foundation guides 


About CBT

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

Find CBT self-help support 

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

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.

The NHS has a library of mobile apps (iOS and Android) to help you manage and improve your health, including mental health.

Use the search bar and filters on the page to find the right apps for you.

NHS Mental Health support apps

If you’re a carer looking after someone else, there’s support available to you if you need help.

Carers UK offer expert advice and support for carer rights, entitlements and admin support.

Carers UK

Veterans support

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

Veterans Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS)

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) 

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

Find details about Making Life Better coaching sessions 

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

Citizens Advice in Bracknell and Ascot


Patient advice

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

Patient UK information


Mental Health support

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


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

Friends in Need  

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 

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