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Self help

It's not always easy to talk about the things that are troubling us, so if you're not ready to talk yet there are lots of self help resources that you may find useful.  

Local and national help and support

There are lots of self-help resources that you can access for free online. Some of the resources are provided by charities based in Sheffield, others are from organisations who work across the country. 

To take a look at the free resources on offer, just click on the boxes below. 

  • Sheffield Mental Health Guide - this website is a great resource that pulls together all the NHS and charity run mental health support available in the city into one place. 
  • Sheffield Flourish - a charity organisation who run the Sheffield Mental Health Guide. They run a number of mental health groups in the city and have lots of support available on their website.
  • Sheffield Mind - another local charity who provide emotional and practical support to people living in Sheffield. 
  • No Panic Sheffield - a support group for people experiencing panic attacks, anxiety, phobias and OCD.
  • Cruse Bereavement Support – offer free confidential help for anyone who has been bereaved.
  • Every Mind Matters - this is a national campaign run by the NHS which gives you lots of useful advice on mental wellbeing, access to resources and even an app to help track your mood. 
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing - the five ways to wellbeing support is based on evidence that there are five key ways to improve your mental health and wellbeing - connect with other people, be physically active, learn new skills, give to others and mindfulness. 
  • Mental Health Foundation - they are a national charity who provide tips on better mental health, and advice on day-to-day things that impact on our mental health such as housing, finances, employment and relationships. 
  • Silverline - this is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people which is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 
  • Anxiety UK - they provide practical support, advice and guidance on living with anxiety. 
  • Living Life to the Full – a website offering free advice on how to deal with depression.
  • Northumberland self help guides - a range of self help guides to help you understand your feelings and give you some tools to manage. 


There are lots of apps that can support with wellbeing. 

You can try many of these for free, others that you may have to pay for a subscription.

Below are some free apps that we'd recommend trying:

  • Calm Harm - this app is designed to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
  • Catch It - learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression through looking at problems in a different way and turning negative thoughts into positive ones. 
  • My Possible Self - take control of your thoughts feeling and behaviour by learning simple skills to manage fear, anxiety and stress. 
  • Sleepio - an online sleep improvement programme for anyone who is struggling with falling asleep, or staying asleep during the night. 
  • SilverCloud - an online course to help you better manage stress, anxiety and depression. 
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During the Coronavirus pandemic we teamed up with BBC Radio Sheffield to produce a 10 part series focusing on wellbeing.

These episodes gave an introduction to the support we offer and a taster of some of the techniques, like mindfulness, that we use on our courses.

Find out more and listen back to episodes of Mindset here.

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