MindSmith CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Mental health

What is Mental Health?

Mental Health refers to our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Our Mental Health determines how we handle everyday stress, relate to others and make choices. We all have times when we are feeling down, anxious or stressed, but these feelings often pass. Sometimes these feelings don't pass and can develop into a Mental Health problem, this can happen to any one of us.   

How do I know if I need help?

When worries, anxiety or other difficult emotions are seriously interfering with everyday life, this is the time to get help. Mental Health difficulties can creep up on you, but one day you or someone close to you might notice that you are not sleeping well, are low on energy,  experiencing mood swings, avoiding social gatherings, calling in sick to work because you can't face going in or simply going through the motions of the day with no joy or highlights.   

How do I get help?

A trip to your GP is a great start. They deal with mental health difficulties every day and will ask you a few questions to get an idea of what is going on before they give you treatment options. Be honest with them - if you are having thoughts that you want to harm yourself, it's really important to let them know. They aren't there to judge you, they just want to help. The GP can tell you about the different services the NHS can offer. If you decide to find a private therapist you will need to work out what sort of therapy would suit you and your particular issues. A good therapist will talk to you before they start work with you to make sure that their type of therapy is suitable.        

depression & anxiety information & self-help links

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Depression

If you are feeling low and would like to learn more about how to help yourself or someone else deal with depression, these information sheets and workbooks are easy to follow and will give you an idea of how we use CBT to help ease symptoms of depression.

Depression information & workbooks

Anxiety

It's normal to feel anxious from time to time, but if you've noticed you are feeling nervous or on edge most of the time, these information sheets and workbooks will help you to make sense of and manage your anxiety.

Anxiety information & workbooks

Worry and Rumination

If you find find yourself consumed with worry or you've noticed you think a lot about things that have happened in the past, these information sheets and workbooks will help you learn to manage your 'what if's' and 'if only's'. 

dealing with worry

Panic

Learn to understand and how to deal with panic symptoms with these step by step workbooks.

Panic information & workbooks

Social Anxiety

If you have noticed being around other people makes you anxious, then these information sheets and workbooks could be the ones for you.

Social Anxiety information & workbooks

Health Anxiety

If you have noticed your worries are predominantly about your health, you might find these resources useful. 

Health anxiety information & workbooks

other mental health issues - self-help links & information

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

If you have suffered a traumatic event and are experiencing distressing symptoms as a result, we strongly recommend you seek help from a mental health professional. This information booklet is a great place to start your recovery. 

PTSD information booklet

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD is a distressing and debilitating disorder. This link provides basic information to begin your recovery.

OCD booklet

Stress

If you are feeling the pressure of life more often than not and would like to start doing something about it, click on the link below.

Stress booklet

Perfectionism

Do you find that you relentlessly strive for extremely high standards for yourself and/or others that are personally demanding? Do you judge your self-worth based largely on your ability to strive for and achieve such unrelenting standards? Do you experience negative consequences of setting such demanding standards, yet continuing to go for them despite the huge cost to you? 

Perfectionism information & workbooks

Low self-esteem

If you have deep-seated negative beliefs and opinions about yourself and would like to do something about it, these workbooks are a great place to start. 

Low self-esteem information & workbooks

Sleep

Having problems with your sleep? Theses workbooks are a great place to start.

Sleep information & workbooks