We have listed some resources under our Mental Wellbeing page but here are some additional self-help links that you may find useful.

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (CWMT) aims to get people to understand and get talking about depression and to help young people maintain good mental health and wellbeing. They offer a wealth of information and free resources, including online training programmes.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is a site dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness.  They provide lots of information and downloads on topics that may be of interest to RVC students including: 

Vetlife provides independent, confidential and free help for everyone in the veterinary community including veterinary nurses and students. This charity provides a 24/7 phone and email helpline; professional mental health support; financial assistance; information and resources.

Vetsnet was created and designed to promote wellbeing amongst all members of the veterinary profession and to provide support and engagement with a variety of topics relevant to the community

Self Help Apps for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mind in Brighton and Hove have listed a series of free and paid-for Apps that aim to help you build wellbeing and resilience.  Be sure to check the suitability of each App, and if there are any cost implications or compatibility issues.  While most of the apps listed are free to download, please be aware of potential in-app purchases.  And be sure to consider your own online safety.

We also have a list of free mental health apps that have been approved by IAPT iCope clinicians. Many of our students have found these apps to be useful and practical.  Please click here to Download.

Self-Help Books

Advice Centre Information & Self-help Reading List

These books are available via the RVC Library   

Autism and Aspergers:  

Edelson, S. (2016) Understanding and treating self-injurious behaviour in autism. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  

Goodall, E. (2016) The autism spectrum guide to sexuality and relationships.  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  

Harpur, J., Lawler, M. and Fitzgerald, M. (2004) Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  

Hendrickx, S. (2015) Women and girls with autism spectrum disorder. Understanding life experiences from early childhood to old age.  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  

Jamieson, J. and Jamieson, C. (2004) Managing asperger syndrome at college and university. London: David Fulton Publishers.  

Martin, R. (2010) Top tips for Asperger students. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.    

Anxiety and Stress:  

Branch, R. and Wilson, R. (2010) Cognitive behavioural therapy for dummies. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.  

Butler, G. (1999) Overcoming social anxiety and shyness : a self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques. London: Robinson.  

Ingham, C. (2000) Panic attacks : what they are, why they happen and what you can do about them. London: Thorsons.  

Jeffers, S. (2007) Feel the fear and do it anyway. London: Vermillion.  

Middleton, K. (2008) Self harm: the path to recovery. Oxford: Oxford Lion Books.  

McKenna, P. (2009) Control Stress : stop worrying and feel good now.  London: Bantam Press.  

Tallis, F. (2009) How to Stop Worrying. London: Sheldon Press.  

Trickett, S. (1996) Coping with Anxiety and Depression. London: Sheldon Press.    


Lindenfield, G. (2001) Assert yourself : simple steps to getting what you want.  London: Thorsens.    


Burgess, M. and Chalder, T. (2009) Overcoming chronic fatigue: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques. London: Robinson  

Greenberger, D. and Padesky, C.A. (1995) Mind over mood : change how you feel by changing the way you think. New York: The Guildford Press.  

Lynch, J. (2000) A cry unheard: new insights into the medical consequences of loneliness. Baltimore: MD Bancroft Press.    

Food Issues:  

Middleton, K. (2007) Eating disorders: the path to recovery. London: Lion Books.  

Shmidt,U. and Treasure, J. (1993) Getting better bit(e) by bit(e) : a survival kit for sufferers of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders. London: Routledge.  


Cottrell, S. (2012) The exam skills handbook: achieving peak performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.    

Family Issues:  

Skinner,R. and Cleese, J. (1997) Families and how to survive them. London: Vermilion.    

Learning Differences:  

Colley, M. and Briggs, V. (2006) Living with dyspraxia: a guide for adults with developmental dyspraxia. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  

Davis, R. and Braun, E. (2010) The gift of dyslexia : why some of the brightest people can’t read and how they can learn.  London: Souvenir Press.  

Du Pre, L., Gilroy, D. and Miles, T. (2007) Dyslexia at college. London: Routledge  

Dyslexia Scotland (2012) Dyslexia and us: a collection of personal stories. Edinburgh: Edinburgh City Libraries.  

Goodwin, V. and Thomson, B. (2012) Making dyslexia work for you. London: Routledge.  

Goodwin, V. and Thomson,B. (2004) Making dyslexia work for you: a self help guide. London: Routledge.  

Hallowell, E. and Ratey, J. (2006) Delivered from distraction getting the most out of life with attention deficit disorder. New York: Ballantine Books.  

Hargreaves, S. (2007) Study skills for dyslexic students. London: Sage.  

Jamieson, C. (2007) Managing dyslexia at university: a resource for students, academics and support staff.  London: David Fulton Publishers.  

Kolberg, J. and Nadeau, K. (2002) ADD-friendly ways to organize your life. London: Taylor and Francis Routledge.  

Miles, T. (2004) Dyslexia and stress.  London: WileyBlackwell  

Moody. S. (2006) Dyslexia: how to survive and succeed at work. London: Vermillion.  

Moody, S. (2007) Dyslexia: surviving and succeeding at college.  London: Routledge.  

Novotni, M. and Whiteman, T. (2003) Adult AD/HD. Colorado Springs: NavPress.    

Life Coaching:  

Brodie, R. (2009) Virus of the mind: the new science of the meme.  London: Hay House.  

Gareth, D. (2008) The international student’s survival guide: how to get the most from studying at a UK university.  London: Sage Publications.  

Lees, J. (2007) How to get a job you’ll love: a practical guide to unlocking your talents and finding your ideal career.  London: McGraw Hill.  

Lipton, B. (2008) The biology of belief: unleashing the power of consciousness, matter and miracles. London: Hay House.  

Pert, C. (1999) Molecules of emotion: why you feel the way you feel. London: Pocket Books.  

Rowe, D. (2007) The successful self: freeing our hidden inner strengths. London: HarperCollins.    

Self-Esteem and Confidence:  

Dweck, C. (2012) Mindset: how you can fulfil your potential. London: Constable and Robinson.  

Dweck, C. (2000) Self-theories: their role in motivation, personality and development. London: Taylor and Francis.  

Lindenfield, G. (2002) Self esteem; simple steps to develop self-worth and heal emotional wounds. London: Element.  

McKenna, P. (2006) Instant confidence: the power to go for anything you want. London: Bantam Press.    


McKenna, P. and Wilbourn, H. (2009) I can make you sleep. London: Bantam Press.    

Social Skills:  

Adair, J. (2009) Effective communication: the most important management skill of all. London: Pan Books.  

Butler, G. (1999) Overcoming social anxiety and shyness: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques. London: Robinson.  

Scott, S. (2003) Fierce Conversations. London: Piatkus    

Study Skills:  

Beard, J. (2007) Basic study skills: a multisensory guide for students. Stafford: Crossbow Educational.  

Burns, T. and Sinfield, S. (2008) Essential study skills: the complete guide to success at university. London: Sage.  

Buzan, T. (2011) Buzan’s study skills. London: BBC Active.  

Buzan, T. (2006) Use your head: innovative learning and thinking techniq ues to fulfil your potential. London: BBC Active.  

Buzan, T. (2006) Use your memory: understand your mind to improve your memory and mental power. London: BBC Active.  

Cottrell, S. (2013) The study skills handbook. London: Palgrave Macmillan.  

Fairbairn, G. (2001) Reading at university: a guide for students.  London: Open University Press.  

Holtom, E. (2007) Study skills: the complete guide to smart learning. London: Galore Park.  

Levin, P. (2004) Sail through exams! preparing for traditional exams, for undergraduates and taught postgraduates.  London: Open University Press  

McKenna, P. (2012) I can make you smarter. London: Bantam Press.  

Paechter, E. (ed). (2000) Learning, space and identity. London: Paul Chapman Publishing.   

Race, P. (2007) How to get a good degree: making the most of your time at university. Maidenhill: McGraw Hill.      

Out-of-Hours Help

Where you can speak to someone quickly or out-of-hours:

  • Out of Hours GP: 111
  • Emergency assistance: 999
  • Police (non-emergency): 101
  • London Nightline - 020 7631 0101 (6pm to 8am term-time only) email: listening@nightline.org.uk
    Free calls on skype or talk on-line via website: www.nightline.org.uk  or text: 07717 989 900 
  • Samaritans - 116 123  jo@samaritans.org
  • Students | Vetlife is a good resource specifically for veterinary medicine and nursing students  www.vetlife.org.uk/students
  • Vets Helpline offers confidential support every day of the year, specifically for veterinary surgeons, nurses, and students. If you're feeling under pressure or worried about a colleague, why not talk it over in confidence - call  to talk to someone with experience in the Vet Profession

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