Build your MH expertise

We are getting better at taking care of our physical fitness. The university’s promotion of student and staff wellbeing aims to encourage a similar emphasis on mental fitness. Below are resources that you can tap into to keep yourself healthier and happier.

Our support wheel will help you to identify what support you need.

NHS Self Help Guides

If you are looking for more information around mental health difficulties and how to support yourself we would recommend reviewing the NHS Self-Help Guides, on a range of topics that can be a very useful starting point in understanding the diffiuclties you may be experiencing. They offer guidance on addressing common mental health problems from stress, shyness, anxiety andd depression to anger, alcohol dependence, domestic violence and eating disorders. Each guide has an introductory video and is available to download as a leaflet or audio file.

See here:19 brief information leaflets

Interactive online courses

These courses draw on cognitive-behavioural therapy and compassion-focused models to help you tackle stress, anxiety and depression resulting from a range of scenarios from shyness to relationship breakdown.

Qwell provides free, safe and anonymous online mental health support whenever you need it.

Living Life to the Full offers free courses tackling low mood, stress and resiliency.

Students Against Depression offers comprehensive information on depression, resources to tackle it and the opportunity to discuss it with other UK students.

NHS Inform is designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them. Please note: This website is developed by Choose Life Falkirk and the Adult Clinical Psychology Service, NHS Forth Valley, and so some contact numbers and details may be specific to Scotland.

Now or Never is an interactive online resource for tackling procrastination.


The Mental Health Foundation is a source of information about mindfulness. There are podcasts on mindfulness and a few mindfulness audio downloads.

Smiling Mind offers a free course on mindfulness.

Below you will find some guided meditations on awareness of the breath, the 3-minute breathing space and the Body Scan.


Learn how to relax effectively. Find out more about our weekly drop-in relaxation sessions from the Workshops page.

Books and guides

The Centre for Clinical Interventions is a source of free courses on a range of mental health issues from tackling shyness and building self-esteem to conquering perfectionism and procrastination. You can download the free workbooks from the site.

Students Against Depression is designed by students as a resource for people struggling with low mood and suicidal thinking.

The BBC mental health pages often carry interesting articles and approaches to beating low mood.

We can recommend the following list of books on tackling mental health problems. They are available from our University Library.

View the reading list

Relaxation audio downloads

The following downloads are in mp3 format and will require software such as Windows Media Player or iTunes to work. An on-campus or broadband connection is recommended as the files are quite large, and may take a few minutes to download.

Download our free podcasts to help you relax and feel better, for the best results, choose a comfortable setting where you can be still and undisturbed. Do not listen to them whilst driving or operating machinery.


Mindfulness techniques:

Stress, anxiety and panic: