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Top ten self-help websites

Tuesday 5 November 2013

We all need a little help at some stage and it can feel so much easier to try and help ourselves rather than go and talk to someone. Luckily the web is a rich source of information and resources. Susie from Queen Mary’s Counselling Service picks her top ten free self-help websites based on ease of use, content, uniqueness and interactivity.

  1. Start2 – harness your natural creativity and improve your wellbeing with art and creative activities (artistic ability NOT required!). Well-designed site offering hundreds of exercises (creative writing, photography, textiles, ‘connect to nature’) designed to help you ‘feel closer to other people’, ‘feel more relaxed’ or ‘deal with problems better’- www.start2.co.uk
  2. Mental Health Foundation podcasts - podcasts ranging from quick fix breathing exercises to clear your mind and reduce anxiety when you’re out and about to a podcast to listen to in bed to help you relax and fall asleep - www.mhf.org.uk/podcasts
  3. Living Life to the Full – online life skills course based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for people feeling distressed or anxious. It helps you understand why you feel as you do and to make changes in your thinking, activities, sleep and relationships - www.llttf.com
  4. Calmzone – magazine style website for young men with articles to inspire, support and entertain. CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) teams up with DJs, artists, rappers and comedians to reach out to men on their own terms - www.thecalmzone.net
  5. Centre for Clinical Interventions - workbooks available to download on a wide range of problems including shyness, anxiety and perfectionism - www.cci.health.wa.gov.au
  6. Students Against Depression – reading other students’ stories can feed you with information, inspiration and hope. Students’ blog about their experiences of depression and what has worked for them - www.studentdepression.org
  7. MoodGYM – one of the first interactive websites designed to treat depression. It uses CBT to help you take more control of your thoughts to overcome depression and anxiety, and to develop skills to cope better with life. Designed for young people, it’s dynamic, full of quizzes and interactive tools so you can track your progress - https://moodgym.anu.edu.au
  8. The Site – aka ‘Your Guide to the Real World’. Honest, factual information for young people on drugs, sex, relationships, student life and more - www.thesite.org
  9. Moodzone – excellent new NHS site for coping with stress, anxiety or depression. Take the Mood Self-assessment Quiz, download a mood boosting podcast and get inspired by some real stories - www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/low-mood-stress-anxiety
  10. Mind – comprehensive site giving information and self-help on a range of mental health problems – www.mind.org.uk

Talking to someone
But don’t forget that going and talking to someone isn’t THAT hard. If you’ve tried these sites but think talking to a real person might help, book an appointment to see a counsellor at QM’s Advice and Counselling Service by:

  • Emailing us on our website www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk
  • Calling us on 020 7882 8717
  • Visiting our Reception on the ground floor of the Geography building, Mile End

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