Self-help and 24-hour helplines

Throughout the year we offer sessions at the library to help develop skills in overcoming exam stress or procrastination.

We also offer a self-help service with the library; we will recommend books to you on many common psychological difficulties and you can then access them free at the library.

Anxiety

Anxiety UK – contains factsheets and downloadable booklets on a wide range of anxiety issues, including social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias and stress.

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland – bereavement support website with helpful material and resources and a dedicated helpline number.

Bulimia

We also offer free access and support to use the online resource ‘Overcoming Bulimia online'. Please contact us for access to this resource. Our contact details are below.

Depression

Students Against Depression – this has lots of information for students who are suicidal and has some very specific advice and guidance for staying safe.

Breathing Space Scotland – offers advice, information and a confidential telephone helpline to anyone who is struggling with depression.

Depression Alliance Scotland – contains information, access to support groups and an email and telephone helpline. There is also advice for helping friends or family who may be depressed.

Drugs and alcohol

Crew – provides couselling and harm reduction information about drug use.

Know the Score – provides information and resources concerning drug use and its effects.

Alcohol Concern – gives advice and support with concerns about your own or someone else's drinking.

Eating Disorders

Beat – eating disorders association website providing information, guidance and support. The site has details of their telephone, email and text helplines as well as links to other sources of advice and help.

Self-help information

Living Life to the Full – offers free online life skills course that uses a variety of interactive exercises to help you explore and deal with difficult issues. The course includes sections on topics such as practical problem solving, techniques for controlling anxiety and changing unhelpful thoughts. You can work through these independently at your own pace.

Mood Juice – is a comprehensive self-help and information web site with suggestions and advice on a wide range of concerns such as anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, shyness and social phobias as well as issues such as debt and relationships. It has printable worksheets to allow you to work through and find solutions to common problems.

Shape of Mind – similar to Moodjuice, this interactive site provides useful techniques and coping strategies to help deal with problems like anxiety, low mood, stress and self-harm.

General mental health and wellbeing

Health In Mind has links to many local services and sources of help and advice.

Edspace also has a helpline if you are looking for specific information that you can't find elsewhere.

The Mental Health Foundation website contains free downloadable podcasts on subjects such as stress, overcoming anxiety and relaxation techniques.

Mind – offers an extensive online resource with information on a wide range of mental health matters.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists website contains readable, user friendly and accurate information about mental health problems.

24-hour helpline services

Befrienders  Tel: 03-7956 8145