Health in mind


Within self–help you will find some tips, tools and resources to help you look after your mental health.

Self–help therapy can be used as a complementary tool to support you alongside medical and professional help.

If you are suffering from mild to moderate mental health conditions self–help therapy can expand your knowledge and understanding of yourself.

It’s convenient, cheap and you can do it in your own time and when it suits you.

Self–help Books

Try to look for books that have been endorsed by medical professionals. To help you pick a self help book we have selected some titles for recommended reading. 

Your doctor or healthcare professional may be able to give you further advice on recommended reading to complement your current treatment.  

If you have books that you have found helpful or inspiring Contact Us and we’ll do our best to update the recommended reading with your suggestions.


Computer Counselling

Computer counselling involves a series of exercises on your computer and supports the learning of self–help techniques to help you manage problems in your life.

Health in Mind recommends Beating the Blues, a computer–based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Treatment Programme course for mild depression.

Speak to you GP about free access to the Beating the Blues treatment programme. 

You can access Beating the Blues at your local library. If you tell your librarian you are using Beating the Blues, you will not be charged for printing your sessions. For further information Contact Us.



“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~ Charles W Eliot

Useful Links

Overcoming Self–help Books

Information about the Overcoming series of self–help books. Currently available in Libraries across Northern Ireland

Counselling Directory 

A confidential website that contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events. You can also find contact details for qualified counsellors in your area.

Recommended Reading

The Feeling Good Handbook

David Burns, 1999, ISBN 0452281326

Provides techniques and practical exercises that will help you cope with problems and learn how to make life a happier, more exhilarating experience.

Manage your Mind – The Mental Fitness Guide

Gillian Butler and Tony Hope, 2007, ISBN 0198527721

Provides practical, step–by–step advice on how to keep mentally fit and how to tap into your mind’s power so you can enjoy your life to the fullest.