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Self-help resources

The Wellbeing Service has developed a number of self-help resource handouts on various topics commonly discussed in counselling and mental health support.

This self-help resources library gives an overview of the most relevant UWE Bristol library books, local/national organisations, support groups, self-help guides, apps and websites to help you better understand these topics and access support in a way to suit you.

Your practitioner may point you towards some of these during your sessions and you are free to download any of them as you wish.

UWE Bristol Wellbeing Service handouts

  • 1st Steps – highlights some of the fundamentals in looking after yourself and where to seek help when feeling overwhelmed.
  • Alcohol use – a guide to monitoring drinking levels and knowing your limits.
  • Angerwill help you to understand anger better, with the aim of expressing negative emotions in a more positive and creative way.
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and Asperger Syndromeparticularly useful for people with ASC and Asperger’s syndrome, their friends and relatives, and those who wish to learn more.
  • Bereavement and Grieving – this handout on bereavement and grieving recognises the impact of loss on the individual and outlines some theory about the grieving process.
  • Bullying and Harassment – helpful to understand bullying and harassment and where to seek support at UWE Bristol if you are experiencing this.   
  • Contending with self-criticism – a guide to becoming kinder and more understanding of yourself, especially if you have a tendency to be self-critical.
  • Depression – explains the signs and symptoms of depression and where to seek help.
  • Domestic Violence – links to an essential tool kit to help you identify abuse and assess risk, as well as information on where to find help and support.
  • Drug use – helps you navigate concerns about drug use.
  • Eating disordersexplains the common thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with eating disorders.
  • Exam anxiety – outlines how to effectively managing anxiety around exams.
  • Health anxiety – find out what hypochondria (health anxiety) is and view resources to help you challenge your anxiety.
  • Managing distress – view a list of support services, apps and self-care tips to help you manage distress.
  • Mindfulness – provides techniques of mindful meditation to improve your psychological wellbeing.
  • Next steps after UWE Bristol – advice for preparing yourself for the transition away from university and ways to take action to help yourself.
  • Panic attacksprovides a useful starting point to understanding and overcoming panic attacks.
  • Presentation anxietyaims to help you deal effectively with anxiety surrounding public speaking and presentation anxiety.
  • Procrastination - Finding it difficult to focus? This guide will help you understand why you procrastinate and it lists some brilliant resources with practical strategies to help.
  • Self-esteem – provides a guide to developing your self-esteem in order to live a more purposeful and fulfilling life.
  • Self-harmprovides an insight into possible reasons behind self-harm, as well as a starting point to seeking help.
  • Sleep – this may help you identify some causal factors that may be preventing you getting the rest you need.
  • Social anxietyprovides information on how to manage when you feel awkward in social situations.
  • Stressoutlines the causes of stress and how to support yourself to reduce your anxiety and increase your ability to cope.

Additional wellbeing resources

There are many additional resources that offer support and guidance:

Please be advised that we cannot guarantee the validity of the information provided in the above resources, although it is offered in good faith.

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