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Reading Well Books on prescription

There are a range of self-help books which you can borrow from your local library for free. Reading these books can help you to better understand and manage your health and wellbeing. The books are recommended by the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, approved by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

Please click here for the current recommended book list.

If you wish to borrow a book, please visit your local library in Oxfordshire or you can look at their online book catalogue, which includes e-book availability, via the following link: https://libcat.oxfordshire.gov.uk/web/arena

There are currently four book lists available:

  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions,
  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia
  • Reading Well for young people
  • Reading Well for long term conditions.

For more information about Reading Well, please visit:https://reading-well.org.uk/

Computerised CBT websites & self-help

There are many online resources that provide public access to computerised CBT. View our recommendations below.

This website provides information for patients on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It includes information on self-help, covering sleep problems, mood and motivation and an overview on breaking the cycle.

http://www.royalfree.nhs.uk/services/services-a-z/fatigue-service/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-treatment

Get Self-Help is a website based on CBT techniques and information.  It has a wide range of downloadable worksheets and information on a range of disorders such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem and anger. It also has links to other useful websites.

http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk

An online course that aims to help you to identify and overcome emotional problems. The course, which you can complete at your own pace, helps you to develop good coping skills.

https://llttf.com/

A psychologist working in pain management has made a self-help CD (“Living with Chronic Pain”) – this is available to listen to or to download for free on his website.

http://www.paincd.org.uk

Information which may be beneficial if you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is. A range of different areas are covered helping you to access the right information and to answer any questions you may have.

http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support

A free self-help programme to teach cognitive behaviour therapy skills to people vulnerable to depression and anxiety.

https://moodgym.com.au/

This website offers information and advice to anyone experiencing mental health difficulties. From the site you are able to print off various self-help guides covering conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic, and sleep problems. 

www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk

No More Panic provides information for suffers and carers of people with Panic, Anxiety, Phobias and OCD.  It aims to provide information, support and advice.  There is information on the website alongside a chat forum.

http://www.nomorepanic.co.uk

This website offers self-help literature to download in several formats. Information available on topics such as abuse, alcohol, anxiety, bereavement, controlling anger, depression, health anxiety, panic, postnatal depression, self-harm, sleep problems and stress.

https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/

A free, downloadable self-care workbook for better self-management of Long-Term Conditions with a relaxation MP3 file too.

http://www.psychhealthandsafety.org/pcwhc

A free online, user friendly self-help guide to living with and managing chronic pain. Reconnect2Life is an interactive programme to help you look at your pain and how it affects you. It consists of a number of different modules which you can work through and complete.

http://www.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/pain-service/reconnect2life

A useful website which allows you to check your eligibility for benefits and grants. You put in your details and the website will calculate what you are entitled to. A telephone service is available as well.

http://www.turn2us.org.uk

Mobile Apps

Whilst the majority of the apps listed below are free to download, if you are using any apps, please check any costs involved and also compatibility to your device.

These apps are listed for your information only and we cannot be held responsible for any problems or defects. Whilst we do our best to ensure the links are current things can change. If a link does not work please do let us know.

CBT – £2.99 – Clear explanation of rationale behind behavioural experiments in the ‘about’ section and prompts on screen to complete negative predictions prior to an experiment and then what you have taken following an experiment. Stores all previous experiments so you can review them.
available for iPhone

A meditation app that aims to show how taking a few moments out of your day to meditate, can make you happier and healthier.

available for iPhone and Android

To reflect on wellbeing, set activities to help improve your wellbeing and track progress.
available for iPhone and Android

To reveal what impact your lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and sleep have on your mental wellbeing and be coached to make healthier choices.
available for iPhone

Website and app that aims to help individuals to learn to meditate and live mindfully. Contains hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress and sleep to focus and anxiety.

https://www.headspace.com/

A meditation timer that doubles as a mindfulness guide. Users can share their meditation times with their friends and check in on others users meditating in the area.
available for iPhone and Android

Free or £2.29 – Provides a way of scheduling worry time on your phone. Then has an alarm which will go off to prompt worry time. It’s quite accessible and works through the process in a very similar way to how worry time is delivered on courses. Allows you to look back at previous worries.
available for iPhone

(Self-Injury Guidance & Network Support) is an online, user-lead voluntary organisation, founded in 2002 to raise awareness about self-injury and provide information and support to people of all ages affected by self-injury. It recognises self-injury is a way of coping with distressing experiences and difficult emotions, and encourages people to reflect on the issues behind their self-injury, and to develop and explore alternative coping mechanisms. 

http://www.lifesigns.org.uk

Free – Asks a number of questions at the start around what you wish to gain from the app and then provides a daily mindfulness task and 3 reminders on your phone to ‘pause’ throughout the day. Works through a range of mindfulness tasks and then encourages ways to include the technique in daily life.
available for iPhone

By setting reminders at times and days of your choice you can get a message when it’s time to meditate
available for iPhone

Free – Northumberland, Tyne & Wear provide a free app which has all of their self-help guides available so you can access them on your phone. Each self-help guide is accessible as a written resource and there are brief video introductions regarding which leaflet might be suitable.

available for iPhone and Android

Relaxation sounds and music to help you sleep.
available for iPhone, Windows and Android

A self-help app for anxiety management, to learn to manage anxiety.
available for iPhone and Android

Suicide prevention app for people with thoughts of suicide and for people concerned about someone else.
available for iPhone and Android

Stop, Breathe & Think offers a solid sampling of the basics of meditation, featuring a range of exercises at varying lengths (mindfulness meditation, loving-kindness meditation, the body scan practice), ideal for short practices at work and longer sessions at home. 
available for iPhone and Android

This allows you to monitor and track your emotional health. The app records a range of emotions for anxiety, depression, stress, post-traumatic stress and your general well-being.
available for iPhone and Android

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