Help YourShelf to...Books

Have a look at some of our books related to depression and how to overcome it. All of the titles are available in our RGU Library collection, so you can borrow them whenever you would like. Just click on the title of the book and you will be taken to the book page on our LibrarySearch tool.


"This book is a way to release what's going on inside your head and to keep heading towards the good stuff." 

The Silver Linings Playbook

Pat Peoples knows that life doesn't always go according to plan, but he's determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining.

Can I Tell You About Depression?

This illustrated book is an ideal introduction to depression - a condition that can be particularly difficult for children to understand. It is suitable for readers aged 7 upwards and shows family, friends and anyone who knows someone affected by depression how they can offer support.

Reasons to stay alive

A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

Managing Your Mind

A ground-breaking, step-by-step guide to the skills and attitudes that will help you be more effective in your work and to enjoy a more fulfilling personal life. The strategies described in this book will stretch, strengthen, and tune your mind. 

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

This is a story of depression a condition that reduced William Styron from a person enjoying life and success as an acclaimed writer, to a man engulfed and menaced by mental anguish. With profound insight and remarkable candor, Styron tracks the progress of his madness, from the smothering misery and exhaustion, to the agony of composing his own suicide note and his eventual, hard-won recovery. 

Am I Depressed and What Can I Do about It?

This accessible, engaging and age-appropriate self-help guide based on current research and best practice for young people aged 13 to 17 who experience low mood and depression, and their friends, family and health professionals.

Living With A Black Dog

Using wonderful illustrations and the image of Churchill's infamous 'black dog', the authors offer a moving, inspirational and often humorous portrait of life with depression - not only for those suffering from it themselves, but for those close to them.

I Had a Black Dog: His Name Was Depression

There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.

Mind Over Mood

Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress and feel happier, calmer, and more confident, conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems. 

Depression is a Liar

Depression can convince you that there’s no way out. It can convince you that your pain is eternal, and destined to oppress you for the rest of your days. But depression is a liar. Recovery IS possible.

Overcoming Mood Swings

A complete self-help programme for preventing excessive highs and lows

Overcoming Depression and Low Mood

This book presents a series of self-help workbooks for use in self-assessing and managing depression and periods of low mood, with support from a health care professional. 

Cutting It Out

Cutting it Out is a largely autobiographical account of a young woman's battle with self-harm.

Choosing to Live

Choosing to Live is the first self-help guide addressed to those who are considering suicide.

Help YourShelf to...Videos

There are numerous self-help and awareness-raising videos about depression, but these were some of our favourites. We hope they will help you! Have you stumbled upon a video which helped you overcome depression? Let us know and we'll share it here!

I Had a Black Dog, His Name Was Depression

Shedding Light on Student Depression

How I Overcame Depression by Just Sitting Around

"I'm Fine" - Learning To Live With Depression

Cara Delevingne on Overcoming Depression and Anxiety

The Lesser-Known Symptoms of Depression

Help YourShelf to...Podcasts

The Struggle Bus

The Struggle Bus is a weekly advice podcast hosted by BFFs Katharine Heller and Sally Tamarkin. Climb aboard the struggle bus and join in as Katharine and Sally discuss listener-submitted questions and problems.

The Hilarious World of Depression

A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. This is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease.

Mentally Yours

Yvette Caster and Ellen Scott of chat to a mystery guest each week and discuss all the weird stuff going on in our minds.

Happier Podcast

The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast.

Fearne Cotton - Happy Place

Fearne's HAPPY PLACE podcast series builds on the success of the top 10 bestseller HAPPY where Fearne draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy each and every day.