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QMUL’s Advice and Counselling Service pick their top self-help resources

Monday 24 November 2014

We all need a little help at some stage. Sometimes it can feel much easier to try and help ourselves rather than talk to someone about how we’re feeling. Luckily the web is a rich source of information and resources. These resources aim to help you sort through the numerous sites that are available online. Don’t forget talking to someone, whether a friend, relative or professional, though it can feel really difficult, usually helps!

If you’ve tried these sites but think talking to a real person might help, visit the Advice and Counselling Service on the ground floor of the Geography Building, Mile End campus, or visit the website

Here Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service pick their top 10 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. This well-designed site offers hundreds of exercises, including creative writing, photography and textiles. All of the activities are designed to help you feel closer to other people, feel more relaxed or help you cope with problems.
  2. Mental Health Foundation podcasts
    These podcasts range 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.
  3. Living Life to the Full
    This is an 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 positive and informed changes in your thinking, activities, sleep and relationships.
  4. Calmzone
    A 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.
  5. Centre for Clinical Interventions
    This site includes workbooks, which are available to download, on a wide range of problems including shyness, anxiety and perfectionism.
  6. Students Against Depression
    Reading other students’ stories can feed you with information, inspiration and hope. Students’ write about their experiences of depression and what has worked for them on this blog website.
  7. MoodGYM
    MoodGYM is 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.
  8. The Site
    Honest, factual information for young people on drugs, sex, relationships, student life and more.
  9. Moodzone
    This is an 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.
  10. Mind
    This is a comprehensive site giving information and self-help on a range of mental health problems.

More useful resources

  • Unstuck
    This is an app you can download and sign up for regular updates. If you’re feeling stuck in life or you’ve run out of ideas to help you deal with a recurrent problem then there are loads of ideas and information on the website. Including tips of dealing with difficult people, coping with feedback and coping with change.
  • SAM
    A self-help app for anxiety developed specifically for students by the University of the West of England. A great app for anyone wanting to understand and track their anxiety. The app also offers tools to manage anxiety. Available free to download from the Apple and Android app stores.
  • Drinks and drugs meters
    These apps help you monitor and understand your drink and drug intake.
  • Film: I had a black dog, his name was depression
    This is a short film based on writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone’s excellent humorous graphic book which offers a moving insight into living with depression.
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