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Top ten self-help websites

Friday 8 January 2016

We all need a little help from time to time and sometimes it can feel easier to try and help ourselves rather than talk to someone about how we’re feeling. The internet is a rich source of information and resources but information can be patchy and unreliable. To help you sort through the numerous sites, we’ve listed Advice and Counselling’s top ten below!

Don’t forget that although going and talking to someone, such as a friend, relative or professional, can feel really difficult, it usually does help! If you’ve tried these sites but still feel you’re struggling with something, talking to a real person might help – have a look on QMUL’s Advice and Counselling website to find out about book an appointment to see a counsellor: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/services/counselling

The Counselling Service team have picked their 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’.
http://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.
http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/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.
http://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.
http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/consumers.cfm

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.
http://studentsagainstdepression.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/welcome

8. The Site AKA ‘Your Guide to the Real World’. Honest, factual information for young people on drugs, sex, relationships, student life and more. At the moment there’s a brilliant article about surviving family Christmases!
http://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.aspx

10. Mind Comprehensive site giving information and self-help on a range of mental health problems.
http://www.mind.org.uk/?gclid=CJ3psJ_e4skCFQQHwwodF9EGWw

11. Unstuck (had to sneak this extra one in here!) 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 information on the website. Including tips of dealing with difficult people, coping with feedback and coping with change.
http://www.unstuck.com/

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