In this self-help section we have included details of information based websites full of useful information about mental health problems and a range of different support options. These are tailored to meet a variety of different requirements.

Also included are links to self-help guides that complement the treatment we provide and aid your recovery journey.

If after using the self-help materials you find that you would like further guidance and support, you can contact us, or make a self-referral. We will be able to provide you with detailed help to meet your needs and requirements.

Please note North Essex IAPT is not responsible for the content of external information.

Information based websites

Anxiety UK
Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding through an extensive range of services. These include national helplines that are staffed by volunteers with personal experience of anxiety, access to talking therapies, and a community of support and advice.

Beat offers helplines, information and networks of self-help groups for adults and young people with eating disorders.

Bipolar UK
Bipolar UK provides a range of services to enable people affected by bipolar and associated illnesses to take control of their lives. They provide information and advice as well as self-help groups and mentoring schemes. They also work in partnership with research organisations and campaign for new developments to tackle key issues.

Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation is committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental health difficulties. They do this by carrying out research; developing practical solutions for better mental health services; campaigning to reduce stigma and discrimination; promoting better mental health for us all.

Rethink Mental Illness provides expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affect by mental health problems. They offer practical help on issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, debt, criminal justice and carer’s right. They also offer general help on living with mental illness, medication, care and treatment.

Mind offer many helpful services including helplines, drop-in centres, counselling, befriending, advocacy, employment and training schemes. They provide information and advice on a wide range of issues relating to mental health.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH aim to transform the understating and treatment of mental health difficulties. This website provides information on a wide range of mental health problems and on research into mental health.

NHS Choices – Moodzone
Whatever you need to know about booting your mood, coping with stress, anxiety or depression or simply improving your overall emotional wellbeing, the NHS Choices Moodzone is here to help. It offers practical, useful information, interactive tools and videos to support you on your way to feeling better.

No Panic
No Panic helps people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and other related anxiety disorders. They specialise in self-help through recovery groups and one to one mentoring over the telephone.

OCD Action
OCD Action provides support and information for people with obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder, compulsive skin picking and trichotillomania. They work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD.

SANE aims to raise mental health awareness and provide emotional support, practical help and information. It works to combat stigma, increase understanding and initiate research into causes, treatment and experience of mental illness.


Self-Help Guides