Supported Self Help: free mental health support

A short-term guided self help programme that empowers you to discover tools that support and improve your mental health.

Mental health matters. We believe that anyone who is experiencing mental health problems should be able to get the help and support they need, when they need it.

Derbyshire Mind have partnered with National Mind and Local Minds to deliver ‘Supported Self Help’: a programme that empowers you to support and improve your mental health. It has been created to provide an early intervention service to anyone who is starting to experience symptoms of worsening mental health, such as stress, low mood, bereavement, worry, low self-esteem.

Through the use of our specially designed books, CBT tools, and weekly one-to-one check-in sessions with our trained Mental Health Practitioners, you will be supported every step of the way in creating yourself a personalised toolkit to help you improve your mental health and overall wellbeing.

We hope that by providing you with help and support when your symptoms are only just beginning, we can intervene before your symptoms worsen and help prevent you from needing more intensive clinical support.

How Does It Work?

After a simple assessment to see if the service would be appropriate for you, our friendly and supportive Mental Health Practitioners will empower you to try new tools and techniques designed to support and improve your mental health symptoms.

This service can be delivered locally to Derbyshire residents from a number of local venues across Derby City, and also online via Zoom Video Call and Telephone too – whichever option is best for you and your needs.

Who Is It For?

Supported Self Help can help you with any of the following common mental health problems:

  • 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

You don’t need to have a diagnosed mental health problem to access this service.

Get in touch and we’ll help you understand if supported self-help is right for you.

Supported Self Help has been designed to support:

  • You’ll need to live in England, Wales or the Channel Islands and be over 18.
  • It doesn’t matter if you have an existing treatment plan for your mental health. In your first consultation, our local Mind practitioner will talk about whether the programme is right for you. If you have different needs, your practitioner will put you in touch with other services that might be able to help.
  • We don’t care how ‘serious’ your problem is. Mental health services often tell us our problems aren’t serious enough for them to help. Supported self-help is a service for anyone who feels their emotions are getting on top of them.

To Refer Yourself:

If you would like to refer yourself to our Supported Self Help team please follow the link to the National Mind website.

Once you visit this webpage, you will be greeted by a friendly chatbot called Limbic. Limbic will guide you through the referral process and allow you to book your initial assessment appointment with one of our local Mental Health Practitioners.

If the appointments offered are not suitable, you can choose to be added to a national waiting list, a Mental Health Practitioner from another local Mind will then be in touch shortly to get your assessment booked.

We hope that by having options to be seen locally or nationally, there will be more chance of you finding a date and time which suits you.

Self-Referral via Limbic

Please Note: This is a guided self-help service, not a crisis mental health service. It also does not replace support provided by your GP or CPN, or A&E.
A mental health crisis can be a medical emergency – Please seek help from the appropriate place if you are feeling intense emotions and you will be supported through your difficult feelings.

Here are some places that you can receive support:

  • If you feel like your life is at risk, or if you have seriously harmed yourself, please call 999 immediately as this is an emergency. If you need medical help but can keep yourself safe for a while, call ‘NHS 111’ by dialing 111
  • For Mental Health Crisis Support please call the Derbyshire NHS Mental Health Crisis number: 0800 028 0077
  • For information about Derbyshire Mind’s out of hours Mental Health Crisis Support Drop-In Services, Click Here
  • For contact information for lots of other support organisations Click Here

Want More Information?

If you are a GP, social prescriber, social worker, or another professional or community organisation interested in learning more about our Supported Self Help service in Derby City and Derbyshire, you are welcome to get in contact with our team by emailing:

We can help with a number of things, such as:

  • Visiting your team meeting to talk to you and your colleagues more about the service, who it aimed at, and our outcomes report;
  • Sending you our Supported Self-Help flyers to give out to clients;
  • Adding you to our Supported Self-Help mailing list;
  • and lots more.

Download our PDF flyers/posters here:

Supported Self-Help Flyer 1

Supported Self-Help Flyer 2

Excellent programme. Really has helped me a lot. I would recommend it to anyone struggling

- Supported Self Help client

I am back at work and feeling more like myself, thanks to the Mind Practitioner for helping me write things down and not be worried about asking for help.

- Supported Self Help client

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