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12 self-help resources for mental wellbeing

Here are our top picks for podcasts, books and apps to help encourage mental wellbeing and support those struggling with mental ill health – whether you are struggling with your mental health or just want to take care of it, there’s something for everyone.

 

Books

Reasons to Stay Alive

Matt Haig

At age 24, Matt Haig could see no way to go on living. In this moving true story, Matt explores how he came through this crisis, triumphed over an illness and learned to live again.

(Don’t) Call me Crazy

Edited by Kelly Jensen

33 writers, athletes and other artists start the conversation about mental health through letters, essays, articles and illustrations.

Taming the Black Dog

Patrick Ellverton

A self-help manual for anyone struggling with depression.

The Depression Cure

Dr Stephen S. Ilardi

Dr Stephen S. Ilardi sheds light on why we as a society can suffer from depression and provides a practical plan for natural ways to treat depression without medication.

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

Sarah Knight

For those of us stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life, this funny and practical book explains how to get rid of unwanted obligations, shame and guilt and instead give our f*cks to people and things that make you happy.

 

Podcasts

Anxiety Slayer

This award-winning podcast shares tips, tools and practices to help you calm anxiety, stress, PTSD and panic.

Happy Place

Joined by celebrity guests, Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy in everyday life.

MENTalk

Tradesmen Steve Smith, Steven Blair and Lee Woodgate discuss their own struggles with mental health in an attempt to break down the stigma and tell everyone it’s okay not to be okay.

WHOLE TRUTH

The WHOLE TRUTH is a regular podcast that follows Jordan Stephens’ pursuit of a good conversation about mental health.

 

Apps

Big White Wall

An online community for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low with 24/7 support from trained professionals.

Calm

Aiming to make the world happier and healthier, Calm is one of the UK’s top apps for sleep, meditation and relaxation.

Headspace

Promoting mindfulness for your everyday life so you stress less, move more and sleep more soundly, Headspace is full of tips and exercises as well as inspiring stories.

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