Health & Wellbeing Service - Manchester

Self Help Guides


The Public Mental Health team produce and provide a wide range of quality information booklets and self help guides about mental health in collaboration with our partners. Some we have developed here in Manchester with our partners but we also supply popular ranges from other sources. Resources are available free of charge for Manchester organisations. Some of the resources are available to download/view below, these include:

How to obtain the booklets


Paper copies can be collected from our offices at Victoria Mill (Miles Platting M40 7LJ, Monday to Friday 9am-4pm). Unfortunately we are unable to offer delivery. The full range can be viewed on our mental health self help guides form

There are also other sources of mental health literature available to loan in the city through the Health Information & Resource Library provided by this service and the Mental Health Books on Prescription Scheme (13/06/14 539kB) offered by Manchester Libraries.

Translated self help information can be found on in the Other Languages section

Health & Wellbeing Service - Self Help Guides


We publish a range of self help booklets that support you to improve your mental health and wellbeing.  You are able to download our most popular booklets below.  For other information, including information in other languages and in audio, please visit

Our Latest Self Help Guide:

Build Yourself Up: A guide to improving how you feel about yourself. Includes techniques and strategies to help yourself feel better.

5 Areas Booklets


Unfortunately these are not available for collection by the Public but are intended for Frontline Workers to use with their contact with individuals.

These brief and accessible guides address a range of common problems with key points to help resolve them based in cognitive behavioural (CBT) approaches.

They have proved popular in recent distribution in Manchester. They do not talk about mental health as such and will be useful for a far wider range of people than those who have an identified mental health condition.

We stock nine titles in a series called “Living Life to the Full; Little Books”. A reader may find that more than one title together is useful, depending on the problems they are experiencing.

They may also find it useful to use the Living Life to the Full website, a free interactive CBT based programme to help overcome stress, worry and low mood.

For more information about the full five area range of guides, see

For online access, see