Self-Help Guides & Silvercloud
Self-help therapies are psychological therapies that you can do in your own time to help with problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. Many people find that self-management or ‘self-help’ allows them to feel empowered when looking after their mental health. Self-help is about learning the methods, skills, and strategies to effectively manage your own activities towards your mental health. It allows you to pull together different tools and techniques to create your own mental health care plan.
Students and staff can obtain immediate access to support via SilverCloud, our online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) e-learning platform. Silvercloud offers secure, immediate access to online supported CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) programmes, tailored to your specific needs. These programmes have demonstrated high improvement rates for depression and anxiety. The programmes consist of seven to eight modules, you can complete these at your own pace and in your own time. The goal of each module is for you to take the information and techniques learned, and to start applying them in your day-to-day life.
In the links below, you can find engaging self-help resources which provide self-care tips, psycho-educational information, techniques to challenge unhelpful thinking patterns and practical techniques to improve our mental health and wellbeing.
NHS Wellbeing Glasgow: Dealing with Uncertainty and Worry during the Coronavirus pandemic
NHS Wellbeing Glasgow: Dealing with Isolation During the Coronavirus Pandemic
NHS Wellbeing Glasgow: Bereavement During the Coronavirus pandemic
"Coping with Covid-19: A guide to students from students" has been created as part of the Rethink Mental Illness Step Up Universities project, which is funded by City Bridge Trust. The scheme uses students' real life-experiences to try and foster a positive mental health community and help other students with their mental health. You can access the guide in a flipbook format by clicking here.
There are many things that we can do to support and manage our own wellbeing during these times. MIND and the Mental Health Foundation have created helpful guides to support individuals to maintain their health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak. These resources highlight the importance of considering the impact that our daily routine, environment, activity levels, nutrition, social interaction and self-care habits can have on our overall quality of life during this difficult period of adjustment. You can find self-help and online resources on the Self-Help section of our Mental Health and Wellbeing page.
Strathclyde Sport Online Sessions: Maintaining physical health and exercising regularly helps support positive mental health and wellbeing. Strathclyde Sport are running a range of online classes and challenges including a daily live ‘at home’ workout, ‘at home’ gym challenges and ‘Workout Wednesday’. Check out the Strathclyde Sport Facebook page for further information.
- MOODJUICE: Audio Meditation Resources (Breathing, Body Scan, Mindfulness)
- NHS Inform: Mindfulness Guide
- NHS Inform: Sleep and Insomnia Self-Help Guide
- NHS Wellbeing Glasgow: Sleeping Self-Help Guide
- NHS Wellbeing Glasgow: Get a Good Nights Sleep Tip Card
- Good sleep is fundamental in maintaining physical and mental health. Getting enough good quality sleep is a vitally important component of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, similar to being physically active and eating a healthy diet. If you are finding it hard to shut-off from all the COVID-19 news and the anxiety the situation may be causing, check out these tips from the Strathclyde Sleep Research Unit (SSRU).