We have an extremely wide range of both internal and external resources available to help you address any difficulties you may be experiencing.
You may wish to explore the self-help literature available in the library, or find out about external sources of assistance that are relevant to you.
A collection of self-help books from the Student Counselling Centre is housed in the University Library. These books address a variety of common problems and issues.
You can access these books whether you have attended the Student Counselling Centre or not. Sometimes a counsellor may suggest one of these books if you attend a counselling session.
- Abortion and afterwards. Vanessa Davies, Ashgrove, 1991
- Assert yourself. Gael Lindenfield, Thorsons 2001
- Breaking free. Carolyn Ainscough and Kay Toon, Sheldon Press 2000
- Bulimia nervosa & binge-eating : a guide to recovery. Peter J. Cooper, New York University Press, 1995
- Cutting : understanding and overcoming self-mutilation. Steven Levenkron, W. W. Norton, 1999
- Difficult conversations : what to say in tricky situations without ruining the relationship. Anne Dickson, Piatkus, 2006
- Facing grief : bereavement and the young adult. Susan Wallbank, Lutterworth, 1991
- Feel the fear and do it anyway. Susan Jeffers, Vermilion, 2007
- Getting a good night's sleep : a handbook for people who have trouble sleeping. Fiona Johnston, Sheldon Press, 2000
- How to cope with difficult parents. Windy Dryden and Jack Gorden, Sheldon, 1995
- How to start a conversation and make friends. Don Gabor, Sheldon, 2007
- Mind over mood. Dennis Greenberger, Christine A. Padesky, Guilford Press, 1995
- On grief and grieving : finding the meaning of grief through the five stages of loss. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Scribner Book Company, 2007
- Outing yourself : how to come out as lesbian or gay to your family, friends, and coworkers. Michelangelo Signorile, Simon & Schuster, 1996
- Overcoming anger and irritability. William Davies, BasicBooks, 2008
- Overcoming anxiety. Helen Kennerley, BasicBooks, 2009
- Overcoming depression. Paul Gilbert, BasicBooks, 2009
- Overcoming low self-esteem. Melanie Fennell, The Perseus Books Group, 2009
- Overcoming overeating. Jane R. Hirschmann, Carol H. Munter, Da Capo/Lifelong, 2008
- Overcoming panic and agoraphobia. Derrick Silove and Vijaya Manicavasagar, BasicBooks, 2008
- Overcoming social anxiety and shyness. Gillian Butler, BasicBooks, 2008
- Overcoming traumatic stress. Claudia Herbert and Ann Wetmore, BasicBooks, 2008
- The rape recovery handbook : step-by-step help for survivors of sexual assault. Aphrodite Matsakis, New Harbinger, 2003
- Self-help for self-injury a guide for women struggling with self-injury. Bristol Crisis Service for Women, Bristol Crisis Service for Women.
- The survivor's guide : to recovery from rape and sexual abuse. Robert Kelly and Fay Maxted, Rugby RoSA, 2005
- Susie Orbach on eating. Susie Orbach, Penguin, 2002
- Toxic parents. Susan Forward with Craig Buck, Bantam, 2002
- Transexed and transgendered people : a guide. Alice Purnell, Gendys Conferences, 2005
- An unquiet mind. Kay Redfield Jamison, Picador, 1997
- Women who love too much. Robin Norwood, Pocket Books, 2008
The University of Cambridge has created an A-Z list of self-help book suggestions.
Speak to someone now
If you need to talk to someone straight away about the problems you're facing, you can call:
- Leeds Nightline - an anonymous, non-advisory telephone listening and information service run for students by trained student volunteers.
- Samaritans - a charity providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. Samaritans' volunteers are trained to help you to explore your options so you can make decisions that are right for you.