“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” Victor Frankl
There are a wide variety of self-help resources online that have been developed for people to help themselves in improving their health and wellbeing. The websites presented below are just a few of these and although they are helpful for some people they will not be helpful for everyone.
If you have an urgent concern please contact your GP or emergency services. Or if you are looking for some tailored support please contact Positive Mind Works to access support and expert advice.
This Australian website requires participants to register but it then provides a rather comprehensive self help programme for coping with Depression.
Russ Harris ACT www.actmindfully.com.au
Offers information and resources relating to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This website includes free access to worksheets and mp3 recordings.
Beyond Blue www.beyondblue.org.au
A great resource in which you can access CBT self help material targeting depression & low mood.
Download a free app on your phone that helps bring 10 minutes of calm into each and every day.
Head Space www.headspace.org.au
National Youth Mental Health Fondation. Lots of great links with plenty of information for young people & parents.
Centre for Clinical Interventions http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/consumers.cfm
An Australian website offering a number of excellent information sheets on a range of common mental health concerns. It also offers a series of self help modules designed to target specific concerns. These modules can be used independently or supported by a therapist.
John Kirwan Depression www.depression.org.nz
This New Zealand website fronted by former All Black John Kirwan, provides information about depression. It also teaches and guides you through the use of a range of techniques for helping to overcome depression, many of which are closely linked to CBT approaches.
The Low Down www.thelowdown.co.nz
This New Zealand website is for young people who are suffering from depression. It helps people to learn a variety of CBT techniques for depression, presented in a format designed for use by teenagers and young adults.
Get Self Help www.getselfhelp.co.uk
This website offers CBT self-help information, resources, therapy worksheets and handouts plus lots of other useful links.
Auckland University www.calm.auckland.ac.nz
Has useful relaxation/guided mindfulness MP3s that are free to download. (From the University of Auckland)