Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing books, apps, podcasts and other internet tools

This page gives you links to free online resources which can offer support with mental health and wellbeing, including the wellbeing reading list,  self assessments, online CBT courses, apps and podcasts, self-management booklets, and useful websites.

 

Togetherall: A safe space and online community to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Free to students and staff.

Everyone at the University of Sussex can access free online mental health support with Togetherall, any time, any day. Whether you’re struggling to cope, feeling low or just need a place to talk, Togetherall can help you to explore your feelings in a safe and supportive environment. Simply register online using your Sussex email address to get started at your own pace.

Togetherall offers:

  • A safe and supportive online community
  • Self-assessments & recommended resources for improving your wellbeing and mental health
  • Creative tools to express yourself in a variety of ways
  • Self guided courses to improve your quality of life

 

Student Space is a free resource for all students, providing dedicated support services for students, by phone, text, email and web chat, in addition to information and tools to help you through the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Student Space offers:

  • One to one support via Phone, Web chat, Text or Email
  • Information and Resources to help with the Challenges of Covid 19
  • Links to the services and support available for you at Sussex

 

Wellbeing Reading List

The University of Sussex library holds many books that can help to support wellbeing, which students and staff can borrow for free.

See the wellbeing reading list online.

 

Self Assessments

NHS

The NHS Mental health tools page offers lots of useful resources including:

  • Wellbeing self assessment
  • Mood self assessment
  • Depression self assessment
  • Mental health video wall
  • Lift your mood video wall

 

UK-wide online CBT courses

Living Life To The Full

Free online courses covering low mood and stress and all of the common linked problems this causes. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more.

Serenity Program 

Free basic CBT program to help people deal with anxiety (Note: only their basic program is free; they charge for their more comprehensive program)

MoodGYM

Learn cognitive behavioural therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression with MoodGYM, for free.

 

Apps and Podcasts

Headspace

Headspace have a mobile app which makes practicing mindfulness much easier! Helping you learn easy techniques that you can transfer from the session into your everyday life. You can sign up for free on their Take 10 programme - just 10 minutes a day for 10 days.  

Breathe

Breathe is a mindfulness app that helps you stay calm and battle anxiety by sending you gentle deep breathing reminders throughout the day.

Mental health foundation

Have a look at this link to download free wellbeing podcasts on mindfulness, exercise, diet, relaxation, stress and anxiety.

Emoodji

Emoodji is an app created by Mind, designed specifically for students. Uni life can have its ups and downs, but Emoodji is there throughout. A fun way of looking after yourself, sharing with friends and supporting each other.

Happify

An app aimed at developing skills in order to boost emotional wellbeing

NHS approved apps

A list of NHS approved apps and online tools to help you manage and improve your health 

 

Self-Management booklets (based on CBT)

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Wide range of free self-help booklets to download. Many are based on CBT based (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Booklets are also available in easy read format, British Signed Language (BSL) and video. Topics include:

  • Abuse
  • Alcohol
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Controlling anger
  • Depression
  • Low mood
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Food and mood (Food for thoughts)
  • Health Anxiety
  • Hearing Voices
  • Obsessions and Compulsions
  • Panic
  • Post-traumatic Stress
  • Post-natal depression
  • Self-Harm
  • Shyness and social anxiety
  • Stress

 Audio recordings for relaxation techniques are also available

Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust

Wide range of free self-help booklets to download and audio relaxation techniques. Their free self-help booklets are based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Topics include:

  • managing low mood and depression
  • dealing with anxiety and stress
  • managing work whilst you have a mental health problem
  • sleep
  • self-esteem
  • managing Personality Disorder
  • managing your mental health when you have a physical health condition
  • dementia
  • physical activity and mood, food and mood

Moodjuice

For people who are concerned about their mental health, carers and professionals.

Topics include:

  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness
  • Bereavement
  • Carers Support
  • Chronic Pain
  •  Obsession and Compulsions
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Sleep problems
  • Shyness
  • Stress

 

Useful Websites

Student Minds 

Student Minds is the UK's student mental health charity. Their website features lots of really useful resources on a veriety of topics, including:

Blurt 

Mental health toolkit, self care starter kit , a list of more useful apps, and more

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation offers a range of information to inform and encourage a greater understanding of how to look after your mental health, as well as an A-Z guide of mental health

E-Wellbeing

E-wellbeing is a digital wellbeing service for young people run by YMCA DownsLink Group