Resources: Self-Help Tools

Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC)

A national eating disorders organisation providing on-going care, emotional support, and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, including those struggling personally and families, friends, and carers. Services include a national helpline, a telephone befriending service, online support groups, and online resources.

Beat

The UK’s eating disorder charity, Beat provide information and support. Services include online support groups, one to one webchat, helplines, and online self-help tools.

Bipolar UK

Bipolar UK is dedicated to supporting individuals with bipolar, their families and carers. Services include support groups (the Bristol Support Group meets online), a peer support line, and online information.

Calm Harm app

Calm Harm is a free app, available on Android and iOS, that provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. The app can be personalised and password protected.

Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence offer information and resources for trans+ people, and a dedicated support line for the patients of the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health and Sheffield Porterbrook clinics.

GenderGP

GenderGP provides advocacy, support, advice, healthcare and access to a range of complementary services for transgender people.

Hoarding UK

Hoarding UK are a national charity supporting people impacted by hoarding behaviour. Services include helplines, support groups, advocacy, and training.

Kooth

Kooth is an online emotional wellbeing tool for children and young people. The platform includes self-help tools, anonymous monitored discussion boards, and support from counsellors, and is endorsed by the NHS.

NHS inform self-help guides

NHS inform in Scotland have produced a range of self-help guides relating to mental health. The guides draw on CBT techniques and can be worked through at your own pace.

No Panic

No Panic is a charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders. Support is provided through a helpline and self-help tools.

On My Mind

On My Mind, from the Anna Freud Centre, offers a range of self-help tools and information for young people around topics relating to mental health. The Anna Freud Centre also has a dedicated crisis text messenger service.

PAPYRUS

PAPYRUS work to prevent young suicide. They have a dedicated helpline to support young people and adults under the age of 35, and an online platform for producing suicide safety plans with the help of a helpline adviser.

SilverCloud

SilverCloud is an interactive online platform offering self-guided computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The service is available for free to individuals who are not receiving any other mental health support and who are registered with a GP in Bristol, North Somerset,… Read more

Stay Alive App

The Stay Alive app is a pocket suicide prevention resource, offering information, useful contacts, and customisable safety plans and tools.

VitaMinds – NHS

The NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) provider for Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. VitaMinds offer a range of courses and support for anyone registered with a GP in these areas who is experiencing common mental health difficulties such as Depression and Anxiety problems.

Support offered includes psycho-educational group courses, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT), among others.

The service is primarily accessed by self-referral (either online or by phone), although GP referrals are possible in some cases. Services provided by VitaMinds are free of charge.