Factsheet: Self Help

This factsheet is available in a downloadable PDF here. 

Table of Contents

Self Help Booklets
Healthy Reading Midlothian
Information Resource Centre
Guided Self Help
Self Help Groups

An Introduction to Self Help

There is a wide range of self help resources available for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Learning ways of improving our mental health and wellbeing is important to all of us. Self help resources are available in a variety of formats:

  • Leaflets 
  • Books
  • Guided self-help 
  • Internet sites
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Self-help groups
  • Chatrooms on the internet

Research has shown that for many people, self help can be an effective way of learning how to manage stress and common mental health problems.

Self Help Booklets

A number of booklets and leaflets published by Lothian Psychological Interventions Network (LPIN) are available to view and download from this site. These leaflets are also available from other sources such as GP surgeries, community mental health nurses, and local organisations that support people with mental health difficulties.

On our Self Help page you will find up to date information about a range of self-help resources and materials which are easily accessible and free of charge. 


Healthy Reading Midlothian

What is Healthy Reading Midlothian?

Healthy Reading Midlothian is a service that provides:

  • Self help books
  • Audio books
  • DVDs
  • Leaflets
  • Recommended websites

 The resources cover a variety of topics such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sleep problems
  • Alcohol abuse

The resources have been chosen because other users have found them helpful and Health Care Professionals also recommend them. The books help the reader to manage their health problems and regain their confidence and enjoyment of life.

Where will I Find These Resources?
The resources are available at all the public libraries in Midlothian and the Orchard Centre in Bonnyrigg. The service is confidential and available to everybody free of charge. 

You can drop into your local library or your GP or healthcare worker can prescribe or recommend titles that they think would be helpful. 

Information Resource Centre

In Health in Mind Information Resource Centre trained volunteers support people experiencing mental health difficulties to access a range of information and resources relating to mental health and wellbeing, including access to a self-help library and the internet. For an appointment call 0131 243 0106.

Guided Self Help

NHS Lothian and Health in Mind are also currently piloting Guided Self Help across Edinburgh and Midlothain.

The service is run by trained Guided Self Help Workers with knowledge of self help materials. The Workers can introduce you to and supply you with self-help materials which you can work through on your own. These materials are designed to help you understand and address your problems independently.

To access this service visit your GP and ask for more information on Midlothian Guided Self Help.

Self Help Groups

A range of self help groups are also run at different locations across Midlothian and Edinburgh. Use our Service Directory to search for self help groups.

Related Services

Below are links to Services in the Edspace database that may be of interest:

External websites related to Self Help

These web sites may be useful. Please note that we are not responsible for external sites; if you find any broken links or inappropriate content please report it to the site administrators using the feedback page.

  • Living life to the full
    An interactive life skills resource aimed to help you to respond to life challenges.
  • Action on Depression

    Action on Depression (formerly Depression Alliance Scotland) is the only national mental health charity in Scotland working for people affected by depression.


    We provide information and support for anyone with depression and their friends and family and campaign to raise awareness and understanding of depression in Scotland and to improve services for people with depression.

  • Bipolar UK
    Bipolar UK is a national charity, dedicated to supporting individuals affected by bipolar, including families and carers
  • Outside the Box
    Outside the Box are supporting the development of local Recovery Networks.
  • NHS Lothian Site
    NHS Lothian Website
  • Glasgow STEPS
    Website with relaxation and self-help resources for varied mental health issues. Includes information on anxiety, depression, self-esteem, alcohol and sleep difficulties .
  • MoodGYM
    Interactive self-help site for cognitive behavioral therapy for depression.
  • Centre for Clinical Interventions
    CCI is an Australian website offering free self help resources
  • Depression in Teenagers
    Interactive site on depression from the Young Peoples Unit in Edinburgh.
  • Stress and Anxiety in Teenagers
    Interactive site on stress and anxiety from the Young Peoples Unit in Edinburgh

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