Mental wellbeing and CBT

The resources here can be used by both employees and employers to help improve mental well being.  The ‘Stress’ page may also be of interest.  Please suggest other resources by making a Comment.

The Centre for Mental Health web site includes some positive steps for enabling people to live the lives they want with or without the symptoms of mental health problems.

The Mental Health Foundation has a number of mental health podcasts and a link to What is mindfulness and how will it help me?.

The MIND web site has a section for mental wellbeing which explains  what keeps people mentally well, why some people may be more prone to mental distress, and what you can do to promote your mental wellbeing.  It also tells you how to support someone else in distress.

NHS Choices includes Moodzone to help you assess and improve your mood.  There are also lots of links and resources to help you cope with stress, anxiety and depression.

Uplifting Stories – this new web site is a place for stories about: Inspiring People; Uplifting Places; Hope and Recovery; Success Against the Odds; Life-Changing Experiences; Living the Dream; Inspiring Businesses and Businesspeople; Miracles; Animal Encounters; Acts of Compassion, Kindness and Love; David and Goliath (the small guys taking on the big guys and winning); Death and Loss; Personal Transformation; Keeping a Sense of Humour in the Face of Adversity.

CBT – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Beating the Blues is a course of CBT available via the NHS.  Ask your GP or other healthcare professional for more information.
Living Life to the Full aims to provide access to high quality, practical and user-friendly training in life skills.  Free registration is required.
MoodGYM and e-couch are free resources you can register to use.   MoodGYM is a training program originally designed to help prevent depression in young people.  E-couch is a self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief.
Both resources were designed and developed by staff at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University.

For healthcare professionals
Sign up for the Emotional Health and Wellbeing horizon scanning bulletin – a regular e-mail update of what’s innovative in service delivery and re-design; email

The Social Care Institute for Excellence is a searchable resource; full text access requires a social care Athens username and password.

The Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health (CEIMH) is involved in developing a wide range of high quality resources, and is committed to making these accessible to mental health educators, service users, carers, practitioners and students through its website.

Cochrane systematic reviews –
Flexible working conditions and their effects on employee health and wellbeing
Click here for links to the abstract and full text [90p pdf]
Preventive staff-support interventions for health workers
Click here for links to the abstract and full text [35p pdf]

NICE (2009) Promoting mental wellbeing at work (Guidance for employers on promoting mental wellbeing through productive and healthy working conditions) [41p pdf]
NICE (2005) Public health interventions to promote positive mental health and prevent mental health disorders among adults: Evidence briefing [136p pdf]

Personal Social Services Research Unit (2008)  Making the economic case for the promotion of mental well-being and the prevention of mental health problems [17p]

E-books – (NHS Athens required)
CATTAN, Mima (2006)  Mental Health Promotion: A Lifespan Approach
SEEDHOUSE, David (2002)  Total Health Promotion: Mental Health, Rational Fields and the Quest for Autonomy 

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