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Staff Support Self-help

Before you register for an appointment with Staff Support, or while you are waiting for your first appointment, we suggest that you look at some of the self-help resources below. Many of the links contain information about common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and provide self-help workbooks that you can complete at your own pace from home. Remember that services such as the Samaritans offer a free, confidential, 24 hour counselling service which can be accessed immediately.


  • Living Life to the Full
  • A CBT based, life skills course that provides access to high quality, practical and user-friendly training in life skills.

  • The Mood Gym
  • This Australian website offers online CBT based training to improve wellbeing and has a particular focus on preventing and managing depression.

  • Talking 2gether
  • Everyone needs to talk from time to time. This website and hotline, provides information, guidance and therapy during times of stress, anxiety and depression. Let’s Talk also offers a variety of local courses on improving wellbeing and managing common conditions.


  • Inclusion Matters Wirral
  • Information from psychology services in the Wirral, whilst not local like Talking 2gether, their website includes useful self-help materials, for example CBT based self-help leaflets


  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Two articles by the NHS & MInd,  explaining mental being and the five steps to gain and maintain it, including suggestions for combatting stress. 


  • NHS Tips for coping with Stress, anxiety and Depression
  • A relatable website highlighting common feelings associated with these problems, while providing tips and strategies for overcoming them, as well as real life case studies.


  • SaneLine
  • This website offers a helpline, information, and the chance to talk via SMS or on a forum.


    This Scottish website contains self-help guides for a wide range of issues, which you can download and work through at your own pace. Please note that while this website also contains a directory on support services, these are specific to Scotland only.


    The British Psychological Society in conjunction with Staffordshire University have produced a brief guide to Healthy Living covering 10 key areas including exercise, sleep, eating, giving up smoking and managing distressing feelings

    Quick Reference Guides

    The documents below offer brief information on a variety of common well-being issues. 

  • Assertive Communication 
  • Coping after a Serious Incident
  • Managing a traumatic event
  • Coping with Stress 
  • Dealing with an Uncertain Future 
  • Effective Teamwork
  • How can EMDR help people with Post Traumatic Stress? 
  • Guidelines for Better Sleep 
  • Grief and Bereavement 
  • Bereavement 
  • Harassment & Bullying 
  • Managing Anger 
  • Managing Conflict
  • Mental health leaflet for managers
  • Mental health leaflet for staff
  • GET Self Help (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Self-Help Resources)
  • Wellness Action Plans
  • Work and The Menopause: A Guide for Managers
  • Support for Post natal depression and perinatal mental health
  • Books available at GRH & CGH Libraries

    • Facing the storm (Owen, 2011)
    • Feel the fear and do it anyway (Jeffers, 2007)
    • Mind over mood (Greenberger, 1995)
    • Mindfulness (Williams, 2013)
    • Overcoming anxiety (Kennerley, 2009)
    • Overcoming anxiety, stress and panic (Williams, 2012)
    • Overcoming depression (Gilbert, 2009)
    • Overcoming insomnia and sleep problems (Espie, 2006)
    • Overcoming low self esteem (Fennell, 2009)
    • Overcoming relationship problems (Crowe, 2005)
    • The compassionate mind (Gilbert, 2010)
    • The happiness trap (Russ Harris)
    • The reality slap (Russ Harris)
    • The confidence gap (Russ Harris)


    Relaxation Tracks & Information

    The regular practice of relaxation techniques can be a helpful skill to develop when managing stress or difficult emotions. Click on the link below to learn more about techniques such as relaxed breathing and progressive muscular relaxation. 

    You may also want to listen to the tracks below, to practice the relaxation techniques at home:



    Mindfulness is a powerful practice that can teach you how to cope with difficulties in life in a more useful way.  It doesn't seek to remove uncomfortable situations from our lives, but to help us relate to them in a different way.  Mindfulness training is not a miracle cure.  In fact, it requires a strong and determined commitment to a gentle but rigorous daily discipline or meditations. The benefits of meditation practice for health and wellbeing have been researched, and now a non-religious version of the mindfulness approach is widely offered by the NHS as part of effective healthcare. 

    For more information about Mindfulness please visit the website set up by the Mental Health Foundation by clicking here. For a brief summary read What is Mindfulness? & Mindfulness & Letting Go.


    Sevice Information

    Please see the links below for a detailed breakdown of service activity.


    Other GHT Resources for Staff