This is a collection of downloadable self-help guides that we really like and hope may be useful to you. Some are aimed at adults but the ideas and suggestions in them can still be relevant for young people and parents. If you click on the image it will automatically download the PDF from its source and the credit will link to the originators main website. 

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The Anxious Child is a guide for parents about supporting a child experiencing anxiety.

Credit; The Mental Health Foundation

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The Little Book of Mindfulness is magazine style guide to using Mindfulness to help with stress and worries.

Credit; Medibank

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I Gotta Feeling is a self-help guide for young people to help cope with stress.

Credit; Evidence Based Practice Unit, Anna Freud Centre

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Issues with Self-Esteem? is a self-help guide for young people to help cope with low self-esteem.

Credit; Wellbeing Service, South Glasgow

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Coping with Self-Harm is a guide for parents and carers to help support young people who use self-harm.

Credit; Researchers at the University of Oxford


The Good- Night Guide for Children is an advice booklet to help parents deal with sleep difficulties in children.

Credit; The Sleep Council


Trauma and Young People is a publication from the Children Society to help people to understand the impact early trauma can have on a young person'

Credit; The Children's Society


Building Resilience in Young Children is a guide for parents to help improve their child's ability to manage stress and adversity.

Credit; Health Nexus Sante

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An Introductory Self-Help Course in CBT is one of many terrific resources from the Get Self Help website.

Credit; Get Self Help

Looking After Myself is a good self help guide designed specifically for young carers but is relevant to all. 

Credit; Children's Society

All About Adhd is a helpful resource explaining ADHD to families and young people. Credit; Mental Health Foundation

The How To series is a series of self help guides from the Mental Health Foundation. This one focuses on managing stress. 

Credit; Mental Health Foundation


A self-help guide for anger, one of several self-help guides from the Northumberland Trust 

Credit; Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust


Building resilience in children aged 0–12 is a practice guide to promote children’s resilience 

Credit; Beyond Blue

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A guide for parents to help them support an anxious young person. 

Credit; Anxiety UK

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Balancing the various demands parents have to cope with isn't easy and all parents can come under pressure or stress from time to time. This guide shares practical advice and tips for positive parenting techniques

Credit; NSPCC

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Understanding Autism is one of many great downloads available from the National Autistic Society.

Credit; National Autistic Society

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This is a CBT self-help workbook aimed for adults to help with low mood, anxiety and stress.

Credit; Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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This is a CBT self-help workbook aimed for students to help manage worries.

Credit; Exeter University

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This is another self help guide aimed at students from Exeter University aimed at increasing resilience.

Credit; Exeter University

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A self-help guide for health anxiety, one of several self-help guides from the Northumberland Trust 

Credit; Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

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This guide helps to find solutions to our problems in a healthy way.

Credit; Talk Plus

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The Truth About Self-Harm is a resource for young people and families about deliberate self-harm. Credit; Mental Health Foundation

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This is a guide for parents to help them manage their children's emotions and meltdowns.

Credit; NSPCC

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This is a guide to help understand the theory behind CBT and how it helps us with our mental health.

Credit; CAMH

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This is a self help guide for parents to help them support their children to develop emotional intelligence. 

Credit; Therapy Change

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This is a CBT self-help guide aimed at adults to help with depression.

Credit; Rethink Mental Illness

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This edition of digital parenting is focused on helping to keep young people safe online. Credit; Digital Parenting

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This is a detailed self help guide from America that helps parents to support their child through the challenges of Adolescence. 

Credit; US Department of Education

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This guide called Uniquely Me is written to help parents support their child's self esteem and confidence in their own bodies. Credit; ParentZone

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A helpful guide to ADHD written by young people for young people.  

Credit; ADHD Foundation

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This guide gives advice for parents in supporting young people with ADHD. There are also guides for schools and young people about ADHD. Credit; ADHD & You

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Young people on the autistic spectrum may present with difficulties with demand avoidance. This resource helps parents to manage children with such difficulties.  Credit; PDA Resource


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This resource provides helpful guidance for managing stress and anxiety that may come from global uncertainty such as with the Coronvirus.

Credit: Psychology Tools

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This is a toolkit devised by rethink to help guide young people about mental inllness and looking after own mental health. 

Credit; Rethink Mental Illness

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This is a helpful download from the Royal College of psychiatrists about coping with life's stressors. 

Credit; RCPsych

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This guide is for parents to help them support young children who are being negatively affected by stress.  Credit; Psychology Foundation

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This download helps parents support their child to build emotional resilience to adversity.

Credit: Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust

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This is a resource that helps parents to support young people suffering with OCD.

Credit; Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust

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This booklet provides a practical approach for parents and carers to help their teenagers develop life skills.

Credit; Falkirk Council

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This very helpful guide by the CWT is for parents to help them support young people suffering from low mood and depression.  Credit; Charlie Waller Trust

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Whatever Life Brings is a guide for parents on children's mental health. Credit; Mental Health Foundation

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This is a guide for parents and friends who are supporting a young person suffering from an eating disorder.

Credit; Beat


This is a detailed guide to depression that has helpful advice for families about how to best offer support.

Credit; Aware

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This guide will answer questions you might have about gender, sexuality and identity  Credit; The Proud Trust

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This mindful colouring download for young people provides a creative distraction from stress.  Credit; Youth Focus

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Here is another mindful colouring download with more intricate designs.  Credit; Between Sessions


This guide is intended as a general introduction for those recently diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS).  Credit; Tourettes Action

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This booklet provides information on how to support children and young people when someone close to them has a terminal illness. Credit; Marie Curie

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This booklet provides information on how to support children and young people when someone close to them dies. Credit; Marie Curie


This booklet from Sussex Council gives advice to parents when supporting a child who has school avoidance.  Credit; Sussex Council

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This booklet from Sussex Council gives advice for young people anxious about attending school.  Credit; Sussex Council

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The Dealing with Distress self-help guide is another of many terrific resources from the Get Self Help website.

Credit; Get Self Help


This helpful booklet gives advice about managing sensory issues that may arise at home.

Credit; Falkirk Council

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This booklet gives advice about creating the right home environment for a young person on the autistic spectrum. 

Credit; Nottingham Council

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This booklet helps explain how complex trauma, in which repeated adverse incidents in childhood, can impact on a young persons mental health. 

Credit; National Child Traumatic Health Network

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This download gives advice for schools when supporting a young person that has been affected by trauma. 

Credit; NCTSN

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This guide is to help parents support young people on the autistic spectrum who are anxious about attending school. 

Credit; Autism Education Trust

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This is a terrific guide that helps understand the impact that early developmental trauma can have on a young person and how it can impact on subsequent emotional and behaviour challenges. 

Credit; Beacon House


A self-help resource for young people, parents and professionals about nonepileptic attack disorder. 

Credit; Neurokid

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This booklet from the USA is the first of 2 parts which explains the impact of trauma in an education setting and advice to aid schools to be more trauma sensitive. 

Credit; Trauma Sensitive Schools

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Emotional regulation is the awareness and understanding of one’s emotions, their impact on behaviour, and the ability to manage those emotions in a positive way. This booklet helps parents support the development of emotional regulation in their child. 

Credit; SRHD