Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Library Services

  1. Library Services Home
  2. Resources
  3. Support
  4. About
  5. My Library

Wellbeing: Self-help resources

Mental health and wellbeing resources. Self-help books recommended in the Reading well, books on prescription. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and recommended by City's Student Mental Health and Counselling Service.

How to use these resources


Library Services and the Student Counselling and Mental Health Service have worked collaboratively to bring students and staff the following selection of self-help resources.  This includes a large selection of books recommended by Reading Well, Books on Prescription, a scheme supported by research and endorsed by health professionals.  Titles address common issues and mental health conditions and are designed to help you understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing.  Resources are intended to be used either as stand-alone self-help or to compliment counselling or mental health support.

If you have any personal or academic matters that are causing you distress or a diagnosed mental health condition, contact the Student Counselling & Mental Health Service for emotional and practical support.

If you are a member of staff the Staff Counselling Service can be accessed through the Occupational Health Service.

Therapies and approaches

Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world - in City Library Search

Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - in City Library Search

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Your toolkit to modify mood, overcome obstructions and improve your life

Quiet the mind: an illustrated guide on how to meditate - in City Library Search

Quiet the mind: an illustrated guide on how to meditate

Compassion-focused Therapy

Mindful compassion, in City Library Search

Mindful compassion: how the science of compassion can help you understand your emotions, live in the present, and connect deeply with others

The compassionate mind workbook, in City Library Search

The compassionate mind workbook

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Building Self-Confidence, in City Library Search

The compassionate mind approach to building self-confidence

The compassionate mind approach to recovering from trauma, in City Library Search

The compassionate mind approach to recovering from trauma

The compassionate mind approach to managing your anger, in City Library Search

The compassionate mind approach to managing your anger: using compassion focused therapy

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions, in City Library Search

The compassionate mind approach to difficult emotions

Common feelings and experiences

Stress Control: A Mind, Body, Life Approach to Boosting Your Well-being, in City Library Search

Stress control: A mind, body, life approach to boosting your well-being

The essential guide to life after bereavement: beyond tomorrow, in City Library Search

The essential guide to life after bereavement: beyond tomorrow

The sleep book: how to sleep well every night, in City Library Search

The sleep book: how to sleep well every night

Overcoming social anxiety and shyness, in City Library Search

Overcoming social anxiety and shyness

An Introduction to Coping with Grief, in City Library Search

An Introduction to coping with grief

Overcoming anger and irritability, in City Library Search

Overcoming anger and irritability

Grief works: stories of life, death and surviving, in City Library Search

Grief works: stories of life, death and surviving

Overcoming low self-esteem, in City Library Search

Overcoming low self-esteem

Self-help books to support mental health

The Sheldon short guide to phobias and panic, in City Library Search

The Sheldon short guide to phobias and panic

Overcoming depression, in City Library Search

Overcoming depression

Break Free from OCD, in City Library Search

Break free from OCD

Manage your mood: how to use behavioral activation techniques to overcome depression, in City Library Search

Manage your mood: how to use behavioral activation techniques to overcome depression

The CBT Handbook, in City Library Search

The CBT Handbook: A comprehensive guide to using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to overcome depression, anxiety and anger

Overcoming anxiety, in City Library Search

Overcoming anxiety

Mind over mood: change how you feel by changing the way you think, in City Library Search

Mind over mood: change how you feel by changing the way you think

Overcoming Panic, in City Library Search

Overcoming panic

Overcoming health anxiety, in City Library Search

Overcoming health anxiety

Other common conditions

Overcoming binge eating, in City Library Search

Overcoming binge eating: the proven program to learn why you binge and how you can stop

Body image problems and body dysmorphic disorder, in City Library Search

Body image problems and body dysmorphic disorder: The definitive guide and recovery approach

The compassionate mind approach to postnatal depression, in City Library Search

The compassionate mind approach to postnatal depression

Defeating Depression: How to use the people in your life to open the door to recovery, in City Library Search

Defeating depression: How to use the people in your life to open the door to recovery

Overcoming mood swings, in City Library Search

Overcoming mood swings

Getting better bite by bite: a survival kit for sufferers of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders, in City Library Search

Getting better bite by bite: a survival kit for sufferers of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders

Personal stories

I had a black dog: his name was depression, in City Library Search

I had a black dog: his name was depression

The recovery letters: addressed to people experiencing depression, in City Library Search

The recovery letters: addressed to people experiencing depression

A mindfulness guide for the frazzled, in City Library Search

A mindfulness guide for the frazzled

A Manual for Heartache, in City Library Search

A manual for heartache: how to feel better

The boy with the topknot, in City Library Search

The boy with the topknot: a memoir of love, secrets and lies in Wolverhampton

Reasons to stay alive, in City Library Search

Reasons to stay alive

We're all mad here: the no-nonsense guide to living with social anxiety, in City Library Search

We're all mad here: the no-nonsense guide to living with social anxiety

Living with a Black Dog, in City Library Search

Living with a black dog

Long term conditions - General

How to feel better: practical ways to recover well from illness and injury, in City Library Search

How to feel better: practical ways to recover well from illness and injury

Self-management of long term health conditions, in City Library Search

Self-management of long term health conditions: a handbook for people with chronic disease

Long term conditions - Fatigue/ME

Overcoming chronic fatigue, in City Library Search

Overcoming chronic fatigue

Fighting fatigue, in City Library Search

Fighting fatigue: a practical guide to managing the symptoms of CFS/ME

Long term conditions - Pain

Overcoming chronic pain, in City Library Search

Overcoming chronic pain

Pain is really strange, in City Library Search

Pain is really strange

Manage your pain, in City Library Search

Manage your pain: practical and positive ways of adapting to chronic pain

Long term conditions - Sleep problems

An introduction to coping with insomnia and sleep problems, in City Library Search

An introduction to coping with insomnia and sleep problems

The sleep book: how to sleep well every night, in City Library Search

The sleep book: how to sleep well every night

Long term conditions - Mental health and wellbeing

Coping with the psychological effects of illness, in City Library Search

Coping with the psychological effects of illness

Mindfulness for health, in City Library Search

Mindfulness for health: a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing

Long term conditions - Managing arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes

Go your Crohn way: a gutsy guide to living with Crohn's disease, in City Library Search

Go your Crohn way: a gutsy guide to living with Crohn's disease

Exercise your way to health: arthritis, in City Library Search

Exercise your way to health: arthritis : exercise plans to improve your life

Diabetes for dummies, in City Library Search

Diabetes for dummies

Irritable bowel syndrome: navigating your way to recovery, in City Library Search

Irritable bowel syndrome: navigating your way to recovery

Arthritis: a practical guide to getting on with your life, in City Library Search

Arthritis: a practical guide to getting on with your life

Long term conditions - Support for relatives and carers

The selfish pig's guide to caring, in City Library Search

The selfish pig's guide to caring: how to cope with the emotional and practical aspects of caring for someone

The carer's handbook, in City Library Search

The carer's handbook: essential information and support for all those in a caring role