Self-help is a way of supporting yourself that you can do in your own time to help with problems like stress, anxiety and depression.
They can be a useful way to try out a therapy like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to see if it’s for you.
They can also be convenient if:
- you’re short of time
- you have family or work commitments
- you can’t get out easily
- you want a therapy that’s completely anonymous
If you don’t feel better after trying a self-help therapy, there are other therapies you can try.
Your GP or local psychological therapies service can tell you more.