This page contains useful resources which you may find helpful before, during and after talking therapy. 

Disorder specific self help booklets

Visit our self help booklet library. The library covers the most common mental health problems.  

Lancashire and South Cumbria Mental Health Crisis Line

Telephone: 0800 953 0110

If you need urgent help as you are in mental health distress, then there is always someone you can call.

Our Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Around the clock, confidential support for anyone who needs help, whatever they are going through.
Freephone: 116 123

Wellbeing and Mental Health Help Line

Person-centred listening environment for people requiring emotional support in relation to their own mental health or that of someone they know.
Freephone: 0800 915 4640 (Monday to Friday: 7pm to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12 noon to 12 midnight).

Carers UK

Carers UK makes life better for carers.
Phone: 0808 808 777 (Monday and Tuesday 10am to 4pm).

Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

CALM is a charity that aims to prevent male suicide by offering support to men in the UK
Freephone: 0800 58 58 58 (Monday to Sunday, 5pm to 12am).

Compassionate Friends

Support and Friendship for bereaved parents and their families by those similarly bereaved.
Phone: 0345 123 2304 (Open every day of the year from 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 10pm).

Domestic Violence 24 Hour Helpline

Works to promote protection for women and children suffering from or exposed to domestic violence.
Freephone: 0808 2000 247

Men's Advice Line

Helpline for male victims of domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members).
Freephone: 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)


Supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused.
Freephone: 0800 980 1958

National Self-Harm Network

National self-harm network . ​​

N-Compass North West

Advocacy, carers services, health and wellbeing, young people's services, self-harm support, counselling and volunteering.
Phone: 03450 138 208 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. Calls are charged at standard network rate).


This Helpline operates 24/7 so if you are an adult who is concerned or if you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact professional counsellors for help, advice and support, this can be done anonymously if you wish.
Phone: 0808 800 5000

Rape Crisis

Help if you have experienced rape, child sexual abuse or any kind of sexual violence: details of local rape crisis services; information about sexual violence for survivors and people supporting survivors.
Freephone: 0808 802 9999 (12noon to 2.20pm and 7pm to 9.30pm every day of the year).

SANE line

SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.
Phone: 0300 304 7000 (Open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm).

SEED Eating Disorders Support Services

Offering information, advice, education and practical help for individuals suffering from eating disorders and their carers.
Phone: 01482 718130

Sudden Trauma Information Service

Confidential helpline for all kinds of sudden trauma such as road traffic accidents, assault, industrial and domestic accidents and sudden death.
Phone: 0845 367 0998

Websites and online resources


Overcoming book range

Overcoming books are available via the Reading Well Programme which promotes the benefits of reading for health and wellbeing. There two strands: Books on Prescription and Mood-boosting Books.

Reading Well for mental health

Reading Well for mental health provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs.

Mind Over Mood: Change how you feel by changing the way you think

Christine A. Padesky & Dennis Greenberger (1995)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies

Rob Wilson & Rhena Branch (2005)

Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: A 3-part programme based on Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

Melanie Fennell (2006)

Coping With Fears and Phobias: A step-by-step guide to understanding and facing your anxieties

Warren Mansell (2007)

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: How to turn your fear and indecision into confidence and action

Susan Jeffers (2011)

Overcoming Body Image Disturbance: A programme for people with eating disorders

Lorraine Bell & Jenny Rushforth (2008)

It's Not All in Your Head: How Worrying about Your Health

Gordon J. G. Asmundson and Steven S. Taylor (2006)

A Special Scar: The experiences of people bereaved by suicide

Alison Wertheimer (2001)

Healing Grief: A guide to loss and recovery

Barbara Ward (1993)

The Empty Bed: Bereavement and the loss of love

Susan Wallbank (2010)

The Happiness Trap

Dr Russ Harris (2008)

Happiness Lessons from a New Science

Richard Layard (2005)

The Compassionate Mind

Paul Gilbert (2010)

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Building Self-Confidence

Mary Welford (2012)