Self-help Tips

In Self-help Tips you’ll find useful information to support you in your wellbeing journey.

Self-help leaflets

These leaflets from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust cover various challenges that people may have with their mental health, from bereavement and controlling anger to health anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder.  

Mind resources

Mind also provides helpful information and materials on supporting yourself and others struggling with mental health difficulties.

Good Thinking

An NHS and Public Health website that provides comprehensive information on all the places different groups of people can find support for their mental wellbeing. Think free apps, wellbeing tips, workbooks, podcasts and blogs. You can also search for relevant support that reflects your own faith and values.

We asked community members and NHS staff how they look after their wellbeing, and what they find helpful. Here you'll find the videos, quotes and advice that they share.

Breathing exercises with Dr Sara Northey

Dr Sara Northey, Clinical Psychologist, is also a yoga teacher, who uses yoga to manage her stress and wellbeing.  Join us in doing a simple breathing exercise with Sara. It’s simple, beneficial and you can do it anywhere to help calm your body.

Nature is the way - Ellis

Ellis, one of our Service User Consultants from North Kensington uses nature to look after his wellbeing. In addition to using the aloe vera plant to create natural skin lotions, he is a member of our adults gardening group Nature’s Way. In this video he shares how nature can support our wellbeing. 

June's self care tips

June is one of our Service User Consultants from North Kensington. She shares her five top tips for looking after her wellbeing. 

Gill's self care motto

Take Care of our Planet

Take Care of your Communities

Take care of each Other

Take Care of Yourself

- Gill, Therapist 

Gym, sleep and people – Lucy

Today we hear from Lucy Wood, our Deputy Community Collaboration Lead who has lived in the Grenfell community all her life.

In this video, she talks about changes she notices in herself leading up to the anniversary and how having a routine helps her to cope. 


BlueIce (Free)

BlueIce is an evidenced-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm.

It includes a mood diary, a toolbox of evidence-based techniques to reduce distress and automatic routing to emergency numbers if urges to harm continue.

Calm (Price – £7.99 a month or £29.99 a year)

Calm provides daily challenges to deepen your mindfulness practise and learn more about yourself that include sleep advice, exclusive music to help you relax and focus as well as video lessons on mindful movement and gentle stretching.

Calm Harm (Free)

Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It’s private and password protected.

Catch It (Free)

Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.

Chill Panda (Free)

Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.

Cove (Free)

Create music to capture your mood and express how you feel with the Cove app. Instead of words, create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness, calm and anger. You can store your music in a personal journal, or send them to someone and let the music do the talking.

distrACT (Free)

The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention.

Feeling Good: Positive Mindset (Free, with in-app purchases)

Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset.

Headspace (Price – £7.99 a month or £29.99 a year)

Relax with the help of Headspace‘s guided meditations and mindfulness techniques. Meditation has been shown to promote subtle improvements in focus, attention and the ability to ignore distractions.

My Possible Self:The Mental Health App (Free, with in-app purchases)

Take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour with the My Possible Self mental health app. Use the simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking. Record your experiences and track symptoms to better understand your mental health.

Pzizz (Free, with in-app purchases)

The Pzizz app helps you quickly calm your mind, fall asleep fast, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed.

It uses “dreamscapes” – a mix of music, voiceovers and sound effects designed using the latest clinical research – to help you sleep better at night or take power naps during the day.

Samaritans Self-Help App (Free)

Keep track of how you’re feeling, and get recommendations for things you can do to help yourself cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis with the Samaritans Self-Help app. Track your mood, create a safety plan, try techniques to help you challenge and cope with difficult feelings, and keep track of helpful activities that make you feel better.

Sleepio (Free)

Sleepio is an online sleep improvement programme that is clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster, reduce night-time awakenings, and give you more energy throughout the day. The programme is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and can be tailored to your individual specific needs.

Stress & Anxiety Companion (Free, with in-app purchases)

Stress & Anxiety Companion helps you handle stress and anxiety on-the-go. Using 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.

Thrive (Free)

Thrive helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions. The game based app can be used to relax before a stressful situation or on a more regular basis to help you live a happier, more stress-free life.

Worry Tree (Free)

The WorryTree app aims to help you take control of worry wherever you are.

You can use the app to record whatever you feel worried about. It uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help you notice and challenge your worries. It can also help you create an action plan for managing worry.



Find services to help support people living with mental illness in Kensington and Chelsea. DirectMe includes information about services including health, employment, housing and benefits.


Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community, which offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years and is available up to 10 pm every day.

NHS Depression and anxiety self-assessment quiz

If you’re 16 or over, this depression and anxiety self-assessment quiz can help you better understand how you’ve been feeling recently.

NHS App 

Find more NHS-approved apps to help with your overall health and wellbeing on the NHS App.