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Anxiety, depression and stress can have a major negative impact on our lives but tackling them might be easier than you think.

What is Guided Self-Help?

Guided Self-Help is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT and uses self-help materials, selected exclusively for you. It can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. If you're experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or depression, stress or insomnia, Guided Self-Help could make a positive difference to how you feel. 

Health in Mind is funded by NHS Lothian to deliver a Guided Self- Help service available to anyone living in Edinburgh and Midlothian and it’s confidential, free and easy to access.

What does it involve?

You'll receive one to one support from a guided self-help practitioner who will help you to make positive changes in your life which will allow you to better manage your issues now and in the future.

You will receive self-help materials and will be supported to work through these in between sessions. You will receive four sessions and these are usually about two to three weeks apart. The initial assessment can take up to fifty minutes with your follow-up sessions sometimes being shorter and between thirty to fifty minutes. 

Our practitioners work with people on an individual basis. They would listen and talk to you about your concerns, identifying your priorities and supporting you to understand your issues and how they impact on your life. 

Understanding what can trigger anxiety, depression and stress is important and when we introduce you to a range of self-help materials, we also provide guidance to ensure you use them effectively.

How do I connect to the service?

Guided Self-Help has helped many people to make positive and practical changes in their lives.

If you live in Edinburgh

You would visit your GP and ask them to refer you to the service.

If you live in Midlothian

You can also ask your GP for a referral or you can visit the Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point or your Wellbeing Practitioner and ask for a referral. In Midlothian, Wellbeing Practitioners are based in eight local GP practices in Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, Eastfield, Newbattle, Newbyres and Penicuik. 

The Guided Self-Help Team provides the service in local health centres throughout Edinburgh and Midlothian as well as the Health in Mind offices at 40 Shandwick Place in the west end of the city.

People’s stories

We received a comment from someone who’d used the service and this is what they said:

"I felt listened to and felt safe about opening up about my worries without being laughed at or not believing me. All the worksheets really helped me realise the way I was thinking and I was able to complete tasks that were originally terrifying to me. It changed my life! Thank you.”