Self help

Self help is a term that we use to describe different techniques and approaches for managing depression. When we talk about self help we’re usually talking about non-medical things we can do in our everyday lives, rather than things that rely on a doctor or psychotherapist, and these can be especially helpful in preventing or relieving mild depression. It’s unlikely you’ll feel able to manage all the different techniques when you’re very unwell, but when you’re feeling stronger they can help you to feel good and to stay well.

Self help isn’t a replacement for professional help, but because you can explore it in your own time it’s particularly useful if you’re waiting to see a specialist, you’re between appointments or if you’ve finished a course of therapy.

Click on the links in the menu on the right for ideas on self-help techniques you can try today.

You’re most likely to benefit from self help if,


  • You’re trying it alongside professional help and have talked it through with your GP
  • You have mild or moderate depression
  • You’re feeling well enough to consider recovery and ways to take care of yourself
  • You’re willing to try a number of different approaches and techniques
  • You’re prepared to explore it with others, rather than just on your own
  • You see self help as something to try, without putting pressure on yourself

Ask your GP if they offer a social prescribing service, so you can find activities and groups in your area to help boost your wellbeing.