What is supported self-help?
Supported self-help is a free, 6-week guided programme. Supported self-help can make a positive difference to your mental health.
It’s a free programme that works with you, to support you to recognise and understand your emotions. Over six weeks we’ll give you information, resources and regular phone calls to help improve how you feel.
You don’t need a GP referral to sign up for supported self-help. This is a one-to-one guided self-help service, not a counselling service. But our practitioners do use counselling based skills in their support. It incorporates some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) style tools but also provides other kinds of support.
How does it work?
Once you’ve signed up, we’ll get in touch to talk about the issues you’re dealing with. If supported self-help is right for you, together we’ll agree a programme of support. This can cover any of the following:
- Anxiety & Panic Attacks
- Low mood and Depression
- Low Self-esteem
- Managing stress
- Loneliness and feeling lonely
- Managing anger
- Coping with Grief and loss
If you move forward with supported self-help, we’ll invite you to a 40-minute session to discuss in more detail what support you’re looking for.
Each week we’ll call to check in on how you’re doing and give you any support you might need. We’ll also send you materials to help you understand and manage your feelings. These might include explaining how and why we experience difficult emotions, completing a thought diary or practicing mindfulness techniques.
What is supported self-help?
Supported self-help is a six-week guided self-help programme that works with you, to support you to recognise and understand your emotions. Over six weeks we’ll give you information, resources and regular phone calls to help improve how you feel.
What can supported self-help help with?
It can help people with mild to moderate mental health problems, such as:
- anxiety and panic attacks
- coping with grief and loss
- loneliness and feeling lonely
- low self esteem
- low mood and depression
- managing anger
- managing stress
- understanding menopause
Who is eligible for supported self-help?
The service is for adults (18+) who are experiencing a mild to moderate mental health problem.
You must be living in England, Wales or the Channel Islands.
It’s okay if you have, or don’t have, a formal mental health diagnosis.
It’s okay if you’re on a waiting list for counselling or another form of mental health support such as therapy.
Who isn’t eligible for supported self-help?
We’re sorry but supported self-help isn’t for people under the age of 18.
You won’t be able to access supported self-help if you are currently accessing another form of mental health support such as counselling or therapy.
Is it in person?
Supported self-help is delivered over the phone or via video call, to make it easier to fit around your weekly schedule.
Does it work?
In a recent survey:
- the service was rated 9.5/10 by clients and nearly all would recommend it
- 85% of people said they had improvement in feelings of anxiety
- 86% felt an improvement in feelings of depression
- 84% reported an improvement in their mental wellbeing.
What kind of support is involved?
Each week we’ll call to check in on how you’re doing and give you any support you might need. We’ll also send you materials to help you understand and manage your feelings. These might include:
- explaining how and why we experience difficult emotions
- a thought diary
- mindfulness techniques
In your last session, together we’ll review how you’re feeling and talk about the ways the course has helped. We’ll talk about what’s next and if Mind can support you in any other ways. We might also suggest services or activities available from organisations other than Mind.
How long does it take?
You’ll have at least six sessions, over the course of six to eight weeks.
- One assessment session (40 minutes long)
- Five intervention sessions (each 20 minutes long)
- One optional signposting session (20 minutes long)
When you sign up, you’ll be given some options for your first appointment, but if there isn’t one to suit you, someone will contact you within 28 days to help you find one that does.
You’ll also need to set aside some time to work through the resources.
How much does it cost?
It’s totally free, thanks to investment from Mind and external funders.
Do I need a GP referral?
You don’t need a GP referral to sign up for supported self-help.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up online, here: https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/supported-self-help/
The webpage contains an interactive chatbot, Limbic, who will walk you through the referral process, helping you understand if supported self-help is right for you.
It will take around 6-8 minutes to complete.