This page contains a wealth of resources including podcasts, apps, books and many useful websites. 

resources available


Keep up to date with the latest news



Find Out More

Useful website and magazine about all aspects of mental health.

Website tabs are News, Wellbeing, Relationships, happiful hacks, your stories, Coronavirus, podcast and therapy.

‘happiful’ hacks are such things as “Creative Ways to Stay in Touch” and “8 tools to help you concentrate when you have brain fog”

Under ‘therapy’ you can access directories for Counselling, Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching after putting in your postcode.

The magazine is free to access on-line if you subscribe and a paper copy is available at a cost.  Past paper copies are available at the peer support group and you may borrow them if you would like to.

the mighty

The Mighty

Find Out More

The Mighty is a safe, supportive community for people facing health challenges and the people who care for them.

They can be found on Facebook:

Facebook Page

recover your life logo

Recover Your Life

Find Out More

“Welcome to RecoverYourLife: One of the biggest and best Self-Harm Support Communities on the internet.

Although we are known for helping people suffering with Self Harm, we also welcome and support people with other issues such as Eating Disorders, Mental Health problems, those dealing with Abuse, and many more!

We do not condone any pro-activity or encourage anyone to hurt themselves in any way, and there are a few rules to hold that in place.”

national autistic society logo

The Spectrum Magazine

Find Out More

Magazine produced by and for autistic people.

our dorset

Our Dorset

Find Out More

library of approved and sorted health apps.

chasing the stigma

Hub of Hope

Find Out More

Body Confidence on Instagram

@hannahtheamputee, @anjalimahto (dermatologist), @pinkmantaray (LGBTQ+ rights), @julesvonhep, @harnaamkaur

podcasts, APPS and others

(With thanks to Kevin Rice, Shaftesbury CMHT)

CBT based websitesWebsiteGet Self Help
WebsiteMoody Gym
WebsiteLiving Life To The Full
One YouThere’s only One You “Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health”.One You Website
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)email: [email protected]Grassroots Website
Living Life to the full (LLTTF)Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency. Also resources page.Living Life to the full
ClicMental Health UK has launched Clic, an online peer support serviceClic Website
One You (Public Health England) apps and recommended apps
One YouOne You appsOne You Apps
ThriveFeel Stress Free – use the app to relax before a stressful situation or as part of your regular routine.
Also Apps to help stop or cut down on smoking, drinking, eat more healthily, get more active.
Thrive Website
IPrevailconnects you with people who face similar situations and know what you’re going through….stress, anxiety, depression and more.IPrevail Website
CatchIthow to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones, and improve your mental wellbeing.Catch It Website
My possible Selftake control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour…help manage fear, anxiety and stress, and tackle unhelpful thinking.My Possbile Self Website
Pzizzhelp you stop your mind racing, get to sleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed.Pzizz Website
Health Unlockedconnect with people with mental health conditions, including low mood, panic and anxiety.Health Unlocked Website
Feeling Gooduses the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy to help improve thoughts and feelings, self-esteem and self-confidenceFeeling Good Website
Covecreate music to help express complex feelings…..a personal musical journal to help you with your emotional and mental health.Cove Website
Cypheran anonymous peer-to-peer social network. It’s a space to share your feelings and secrets, give and receive support and connect to other support organisations.Cypher Website
BreathwrkBreathwrk App allows you to select the area you want to focus on, from reducing anxiety to falling asleep. The app walks you through your recommended breathing exercises, and sends you daily reminders to practise your breathing. (Download from the App Store)Breathwrk Website
Apps Recommended by Treads, Blandford with help from MHFA
For young people and children.
Dragon in the Attic (for children)This app, developed by GPs and a group of year 6 children aims to teach 8-12 year olds how to make healthy choices for their minds and body. It uses a game where children are given a pet dragon to look after to build confidence and educate children about issues such as mental health and bullyingDragon in the Attic
Feeling Good appThis is a free app with NHS approval, free audio courses availableFeeling Good
Emoodji(for university students)Emoodjj by Mind is a free app for the ups and downs of university life, from exam stress and homesickness to the joys of the last exams doneEmoodji
For MeThis app created by ChildLine with the input of four teenagers, includes all of Childline’s services in an app:direct 121 access to a counsellor, videos, advice and chat on a range of issues that affect young people. It is safe and discreet, available on iphone only with an android appChildline
MoodometerDeveloped by an NHS Foundation Trust, and approved by NHS Choices, this app is an interactive mood diary for monitoring and understanding emotional wellbeing. It includes tips and guidance on how to influence mood.My Healthy Apps
MoodpandaMood panda is an app based platform allowing people to track their moods.Moodpanda
Moodscope (age 14 and over)Web based mood tracking and management platformMoodscope
StressHeadsDeveloped by youth charity The Mix and approved by NHS Choices website, this app aims to help 16-25 year olds identify and cope with stress. It includes games to help young people from immediate stress and monitor causes of stressStressHeads
Dorset Mind Recommended
Reasons2building …own profile of Reasons2 feel better (Age 13+)Reasons 2 Website
Side By Side (formerly elefriends)A safe and friendly online community run by Mind.Side By Side Website
Happierhelps you stay more present and positive throughout the day (Apple Watch app)Happier Website
Mental Health Recovery GuideMental Health Recovery Guide: 17 essential things….to know to fast track your recovery.MHRG website
Stay Alivea pocket suicide prevention resource, useful information to help you say safe.Stay Alive Website
WellMindNHS app…help you with stress, anxiety and depression…includes advice, tips and tools…Well Mind Website
SAMSelf-Help for Anxiety Management…understand…and manage your anxiety…The “Social cloud” …share your experiences…while protecting your identity.SAM Website
Mood ToolsDepression Aid…Thought Diary, Activities, Safety Plan, Information, Test (PHQ-9 depression questionnaire), Video- You-Tube videos guided meditations to enlightening TED talks.Mood Tools
Fear ToolsAnxiety Kit …Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, and Social Anxiety Disorder.Fear Tools Website
Relax MelodiesSelect sounds and melodies that you like and combine them to create a mix. 50 high quality ambient sounds… Use your own favourite as alarm to wake up slowly.Relax Melodies Webiste
Rise-UpEating Disorder’s appRise-Up Website
Recovery RecordEating Disorder’s App…for every stage of recovery from anorexia, bulimia, OED, BED, CED and other eating disorders.Recovery Record
Mind Shiftdesigned to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety.Mind Shift Website
HappifyHappify brings you effective tools and programs to take control of your emotional well-being.Happify Website
Smiling MindMindfulness meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind.Smiling Mind Website
HeadspaceHow to meditate and live mindfully.Headspace Website
What's Up?CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more!What's Up Website
Student Health AppThe content has been created for university students by NHS doctors…reduce your worries, feel more confident and get the support you need at what can be a challenging time for any student.Student Health App Website
Stress & Anxiety Companion…breathing exercises, relaxing music and games designed to calm the mind, the app helps you change negative thoughts to help you better cope with life’s ups and downs.Stress & Anxiety Website
SilverCloudManage stress, anxiety and depression…eight-week course…completed in your own time.SilverCloud Website
MeeTwofor teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives.MeeTwo Website
Feeling GoodPositive Mindset…Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset.Feeling Good Website
distrACTInformation and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.distrACT Website
Chill PandaLearn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda…measures your heart rate and suggests tasks…include simple breathing techniques and light exercises…Chill Panda Website
Calm HarmTo help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It’s private and password protected.Calm Harm Website
Be Mindful
Be MindfulWebsiteBe Mindful Website
Be Mindful OnlineWebsiteBe Mindful Online Website
Being MindfulWebsiteBeing Mindful Website
Get Self HelpWebsiteGet Self Help Website
YouTubeVideoYoutube Video
YouTubeVideoYouTube Video
Compassionate MindPDF DocumentPDF Document Link
Mindfulness & Clinical Psychology SolutionsWebsiteMindfulness & Clinical Psychology Solutions Website
Facebook Groups
Time To Talk UKFacebook GroupFacebook Group Link
From Happiful Magazine - Available on Google Play and the App Store
My Possible Selfcombining research from the Black Dog Institute with CBT techniques helps uses look at the way they manage problems and suggests different modules based on your responses.My Possible Self Website
Smiling MindA modern meditation app and website. Helps people de-stress and learn how to stay calm. Programs for five age groups ranging from seven to adults.Smiling Mind Website
Mind ShiftDesigned to help teens and young adults struggling with fear and anxietyMind Shift Website
Aura: Calm Anxiety & Sleepnamed one of Apple’s best apps of 2017, offers more than 1,000 sessions to help with sleep, stress and anxiety.Aura: Calm Anxiety & Sleep Website
ColorfyMore than 1000 patterns, animals etc. to colour.Colorfy Website
MoodHWBmood and wellbeing in young peopleMoodHWB Website
But You Don't Look Sickan online community for support, education, and inspiration.But You Don't Look Sick Website
Stumbling MindBlog by Katie Conibear, a freelance writer focussing on mental health. Podcast ‘A Life Lived Vividly’ with a focus on hearing voices.Stumbling Mind Website
Mindfulness recommendations from Recovery Education Centre.
Be MindfulWebsiteBe Mindful Website
Jon Kabat-ZinnVideo Clips And TalksYouTube Channel
Healing With Bill MoyersMindfulness Based Stress ReductionYouTube Channel
Oxford MindfulnessWebsiteOxford Mindfulness Website
HeadspaceWebsiteHeadspace Website
Frantic WorldWebsiteFrantic World Website
Learn MindfulnessWebsiteLearn Mindfulness Website
The Mindful ManifestoWebsiteThe Mindful Manifesto Website
Free MindfulnessWebsiteFree Mindfulness Website
Mindfulness Based Cognitive TherapyWebsiteMindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
App for Dementia
My House of MemoriesAppBe Mindful Website
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)email: [email protected]ASIST Website
LLTTFLiving Life to the full.
Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency.
LLTTF Website


Reading Well For Mental HealthA comprehensive guide to “Reading Well for Mental Health”
All available from your library.
Mental health Topics include
Reading Well For Mental Health
• Therapies and approaches – such as, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic WorldLink
• Common feelings and experiences – such as: Overcoming Anger and Irritability,; Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving; The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night; Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Overcoming Social Anxiety and ShynessLink
• Self-help books to support mental health Other common conditions Such as The CBT Handbook, Overcoming Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder;Link
• Personal stories – Such as A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax, Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig; such as I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone, The Boy with the Topknot: A memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton by Sathnam SangheraLink
MindfulnessMindfulness. A practical guide by Tessa Watts. 2012 Icon Books UK
Books on Prescription
Find self-help books at your local library.
Books on Anger, Anxiety, Binge eating, Bulimia Nervosa, Chronic fatigue, Chronic Pain, Depression, Health anxiety, Obsessions and compulsions, Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia, Panic Attacks, Phobias, Relationship Problems, Self-esteem, Sleep problems, Social phobia, Stress, Worry.Link
Reading Well for People with long term conditions.Find helpful books at your local library. Recommended by health professionals and people with long term conditions including Arthritis, Bowel conditions, Breathing difficulties, Diabetes, Heart disease, Stroke. Also general such as “How to Feel Better: Practical Ways to Recover Well from illness and Injury and Self-Management of Long-term Health conditions. Plus, common symptoms such as Fatigue, Pain, Sleep problems and Mental Health and wellbeing and Support for Relatives and Carers.Link
Full Catastrophe LivingFull Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn. 1990 DeltaAlso Apps to help stop or cut down on smoking, drinking, eat more healthily, get more active.
Daring GreatlyDaring greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. – Brene Brown
Awesome ArchiePublished on 20/9/20 this is a book written by a mother and son from Dorset to explain autism to others in other words how his “awesome and adventurous brain” works.Awesome Archie Website
Arthur Wants a Balloon by Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia, illustrated by Erika MezaSensitively written and beautifully illustrated, tough subject – parental depression. Children 2 -5. Great conversation starter for young children about mental health.Waterstones Website
Mindfulness, recommended by Recovery Education Centre.
The Mindful Way Through DepressionThe Mindful Way through Depression, J Teasdale, Z Segal, J Kabat Zinn (2007) Guildford Press.
MindfulnessMindfulness: A practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, M. Williams and D. Penman (2011) Little Brown book company.
The Mindfulness BreakthroughThe Mindfulness Breakthrough: The Revolutionary Approach to Dealing with Stress, Axiety and Depression – S. Silverton (2012) Watkins.
Wherever You Go There You AreWherever you go there you are Mindfulness meditation for everyday life by J. Kabat-Zinn (2004) Piatkus.
Mindfulness For DummiesMindfulness for Dummies – S Alidina (2014) John Wiley and sons.
Amanda is happy to lend out her small library of books and booklets and also back copies of happiful magazines, please email her for details.
• Understanding mental health problems – Mind
• Understanding anxiety and panic attacks – Mind
• How to manage stress – Mind
• How to be mentally healthy at work – Mind
• How to – physical activity and sport – Mind
• Anxiety and panic attacks – Mind
• How does it really feel? On the inside – Mental Health UK
• Recovery Education Centre Prospectus
• Adult Care and Support Services Directory 2019/20 (Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole & Dorset).
• Skills & Learning Adult Learning Course Guide
• NVQ2 Mental Health Awareness Course workbooks, 2019
• Notes On a Nervous Planet - Matt Haig, 2018
• What Would Nietzsche Do? - Marcus Weeks, 2017
• This Book will Send You to Sleep -Professor K. McCoy, 2018
• Energize: Spring Clean Your Mind and Body to Get Your Bounce Back Today and Every Day – Jo Salter, 2019
• Four Legged Therapy: How fur, scales and feathers can make life worth living – for the mind, 2018
• 100 Ways to Be As Happy As Your Dog – Celia Haddon, 2018
• Star Wars Be Leia: Find Your Rebel Voice and Fight the System – Christian Blauvelt, 2019
• Everyday Hope: 365 Ways to a Tranquil Life – Sarah Vaughan, 2019
• Everyday Confidence: 365 ways to a fearless life - Sarah Vaughan, 2017
• A Child’s Grief: Coping with a death in your family – Julie Stokes, 1995
• Winnie-The-Pooh’s little book of feng shui – (A.A. Milne), 1999
• Neal’s Yard Remedies Essential Oils – Susan Curtis, 2016
• Take a Deep Breath: Desktop Yoga & the Art of Office Relaxation - Celia Barden, 2006
• Depression & How to Survive It – Spike Milligan and Anthony Clare, 1994
• Teach Yourself to Meditate: Over 20 simple exercises, Eric Harrison, 1994
• Families: And How to Survive Them – Skynner Robin & John Cleese, 1984
• The Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 minutes a day – Dr Patrizia Collard, 2014
• Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama and Howard C Cutler, 2003


The Might - Mental Illness SongsThe Mighty's Spotify PlaylistMental Illness Songs Website
These are tunes recommended by people on various websites:
Get UpShine Down
One More LightLinkin Park
Fear Is A LiarZach Williams
MigraineTwenty One Pilots
ScreenTwenty One Pilots
Who You AreJessie J.
Carry OnFun
The Greatest Love Of AllWhitney Houston
Not Gonna DieSkillet
Fake HappyParamore
Into The WestAnnie Lennox
Fight SongRachel Platten
Better PlaceRachel Platten
This Is MeThe Greatest Showman Soundtrack
High HopesPanic! At The Disco
WeightlessMarconi Union
Everybody HurtsR.E.M
I Want To Be WellSufjan Stevens
Phantom Of AleppovilleBenjamin Clementine
FighterChristina Aguilera
Sweet Child O' MineGuns N' Roses
Hey JudeThe Beatles
Let It BeThe Beatles
BudapestGeorge Ezra
Give It UpK.C. And The Sunshine Band
Dancing QueenAbba
Everybody Here Wants YouJeff Buckley
UniverseSavage Garden
Baby Baby BabySam Cooke
C'est La VieB'Witched
Learn To FlyFoo Fighters
Jesus To A ChildGeorge Michael
Live ForeverOasis
God Give Me StrengthElvis Costello And Burt Bacharach
Give Me LoveEd Sheeran
UnwellMatchbox 20
Million ReasonsLady Gaga
I'll Be There For YouThe Rembrandts
Scroll to Top

Become a member and be kept up to date with the news

(approximately weekly email)