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Anxiety, Stress & Depression

Stress, Depression, Anxiety and Panic are common conditions. We can help you. Below are a collection of helpful leaflets, websites, videos plus some self-help book suggestions. 

You can also refer yourself to the local TALKWORKS service (formerly the Depression & Anxiety Service).

Self help leaflets on a bookshelf

Check out the book shelves. Click on the area you need help with, sit down with a hot drink and read at your leisure.

Anger, Anxiety, Abuse, Bereavement, Depression, Eating Disorders, Health Anxiety, Obsessions, Panic, Postnatal Depression, Self Harm, Sleep Problems, Social Anxiety etc...
 

5 steps to mental wellbeing

Scientific evidence points to five steps that we can take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life. Remember, no-one can give wellbeing to you. It's you who has to take action.

Black Dog

This World Health Organisation video explains depression. The most important thing is to recognise it and seek help - It is treatable. Call us.

Smiling Mind (Mindfulness)

Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, mindfulness meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind. As little as 5 minutes a day can boost your mood, help you relax and lower your blood pressure. Developed by the Australian Cricket Team.

Letter of Hope

This Letter of Hope is written by a group of people who have been through very dark and desolate times and is intended to support those who may be thinking about taking their own lives. Hold on.

The Moorings - Crisis Support

Are you feeling distressed, frightened, overwhelmed, or that things are too much for you?
Don’t know where to turn to get mental health support?
Are your usual sources of support closed for the night?

The Moorings @ Devon offers out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16+ in the Devon area, from three locations in Barnstaple, Exeter, and Torquay:

Calm Harm (To help manage the urge to self harm)

Calm Harm provides tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Please note that the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it. It's desigend for teenagers but can be tried by any age group.

Kooth (online support for age 11-25yrs)

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Counselling, forums, stuff to read. 

Borderline Personality Disorder (MIND)

This resource explains borderline personality disorder (BPD), also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD), including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family..

“I don’t necessarily tell people I have BPD because I don’t like labelling myself, I just say I have depression and anxiety because it’s easier. But I know I have BPD. I feel things so intensely sometimes it means I lose control of all my senses. It’s one of the worst feelings, but I have learnt how to cope with it.”
 

Mindline - mental health helpline

Need someone to talk to? Feeling isolated, distressed or upset? Give us a ring on 0300 330 5464 (8pm-11pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Feeling Anxious & Panicky?

Dr Kate Lovett shares advice to help you alleviate the thoughts and feelings associated with anxiety and worry.

Anxiety video

Dr Chris Williams explains how you can take control of anxiety. This podcast is one of an eight-part series for Moodzone.

Food Fact Sheet: Food and Mood 

Is there a connection between feeling fine and the foods we have eaten? Do some foods make us feel grumpy? Is it possible to plan a diet for good mood?

Food Fact Sheet: Depression and Diet 

Good nutrition is important for our mental and physical health. This food fact sheet will look at how following a healthy diet can protect your mental health.

Dealing with uncomfortable emotions

This information package is designed to provide you with some information about distress intolerance and suggested strategies for managing distressing or uncomfortable feelings more effectively. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.

Depression

The word depressed is a common everyday word. People might say "I'm depressed" when in fact they mean "I'm fed up because I've had a row, or failed an exam, or lost my job", etc. These ups and downs of life are common and normal. Most people recover quite quickly. With true depression, you have a low mood and other symptoms each day for at least two weeks. Symptoms can also become severe enough to interfere with normal day-to-day activities.

Book: The Mind Management Programme for Confidence, Success and Happiness

The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Used by Liverpool FC and the Sky Cycling Team. Struggle to read books? Get the Audiobook to listen to!

Books on prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.

Coping with stress

Professor Cary Cooper provides some techniques for managing stress, such as exercising and using relaxation techniques, and explains who you can talk to if you're feeling under pressure

Patient.co.uk: Relaxation exercises

Muscular relaxation exercises and deep breathing are two common techniques to help people to relax and combat symptoms of anxiety. They may also help to ease symptoms of depression.

Anger - Cool Therapies

Offers anger management training, and hosts groups such as Cool Torbay Peer Support and the young adult carers. There is a charge for our training but we sometimes reduce this if you are on a low income.

Anger

Steps to tackle your anger. We are the only UK centre of expertise for all aspects of anger and conflict management. We offer support, programmes and training for the general public, children and teenagers

Anxiety

Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including panic disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder (social phobia).  People with generalised anxiety feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. It can cause both psychological and physical symptoms. These vary from person to person, but can include feeling restless or worried and having trouble concentrating or sleeping.

Cruse Bereavement Care

We are the leading national charity for bereaved people in  the UK. We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. Our services are provided by trained volunteers and are confidential and free.

Phone us on 0300 3305466 or email devon@cruse.org.uk

Book: Overcoming Anxiety

The accessible and straightforward books in the Overcoming Series treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical.

Book: Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness is a self-help manual for this common problem, which explains why it happens and sets out practical methods of resolving it. 

Book: Overcoming Health Anxiety

The accessible and straightforward books in the Overcoming Series treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical.

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