Owing to the help of our fantastic Library team, we’re delighted to have taken stock of a number of books which are now available from the Listening Space which are all linked to Mental Health Awareness Week.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week are our biggest yet, with a full summary of how we’re celebrating the occasion available here – and which includes a host of events, sessions, stalls and much more.

A range of wellbeing-focused books were already available from the Listening Space, and we’re delighted to have taken stock of a new catalogue of books focusing on topics including this year’s awareness week theme anxiety, as well as a variety of reads on the likes of depression, grief, stress, nutrition, men’s health and more.

Below you can find a full list of our newest books, alongside a summary of each. This can also be viewed via nehealthlibraries here.


Book titleSummary from jacket/publisher
An introduction to coping with anxietyAnxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions worldwide, affecting millions of people each year. But it can be treated effectively with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Written by experienced practitioners, this introductory book can help you if anxiety has become a problem. It explains what anxiety is and how it makes you feel when it becomes unmanageable or lasts for long periods of time.
An introduction to coping with depressionDepression is the predominant mental health condition worldwide, affecting millions of people each year. But it can be treated effectively with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Written by experienced practitioners, this introductory book explains what depression is and how it makes you feel. It will help you to understand your symptoms and is ideal as an immediate coping strategy and as a preliminary to fuller therapy. You will learn how depression develops and what keeps it going; how to spot and challenge thoughts that maintain your depression as well as problem solving and balanced thinking skills.
An introduction to coping with griefGrief is a natural reaction to loss but in some cases it can be devastating, preventing you from moving on in your life and affecting your relationships and work. This fully updated self-help guide offers an examination and explanation of the grieving process and outlines clinically-proven strategies, based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), to help you adjust to life without a loved one. This will include knowing what to expect when you are grieving; understanding the physical and psychological reactions to grief and practical coping strategies to help you deal with your loss.
A Practical guide to CBT: from stress to strengthUsing the tools of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), understand your behaviour and how to change negative patterns, learn how to think differently about problematic situations, put your worries into perspective and start to feel better, achieving and exceeding your goals.
Calming your anxious mind : how mindfulness and compassion can free you from anxiety, fear, and panicDrawing on techniques and perspectives from two seemingly different traditions, this second edition of a self-help classic offers you a powerful and profound approach to overcoming anxiety, fear, and panic. From the evidence-based tradition of Western medicine, learn the role your thoughts and emotions play in anxiety. And, from the tradition of meditation and the inquiry into meaning and purpose, discover your own potential for presence and stillness, kindness and compassion–and the tremendous power these states give you to heal and transform your life.
Can I tell you about depression? : a guide for family, friends and carers.Meet Julie – a women who suffers from periods of depression. Julie and her family help readers to understand what depression is, what it is like to feel depressed and how it can affect their family life. She explains how coping with depression can sometimes be very difficult but there is support and help available that can relieve the feelings of 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.
Conquering panic attacks & anxietyAre you naturally anxious or suffer from panic attacks? In this new edition, Richard takes you on a path of self discovery, revealing all the techniques he used to combat his own personal Anxiety. He not only explains what panic is all about, but takes you through complimentary therapies and mind training to banish this disorder forever. ‘Conquering Panic Attacks & Anxiety’ is the must have stress buster for the 21st century.
Defeating depressionThis ground-breaking new self-help book is based on Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), a therapeutic approach being adopted by the government’s nationwide Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, alongside Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. IPT is commonly used to treat those suffering from depression and eating disorders. IPT is now being used by IAPT therapists nationally and this book will be the first self-help book based on this approach and will be widely recommended to patients. The author, Dr Roslyn Law, is one of the UK’s leading authorities on IPT.
Depression : the way out of your prisonDepression: The Way Out of Your Prison gives us a way of understanding our depression which matches our experience and which enables us to take charge of our life and change it. Dorothy Rowe shows us that depression is not an illness or a mental disorder but a defence against pain and fear, which we can use whenever we suffer a disaster and discover that our life is not what we thought it was. Depression is an unwanted consequence of how we see ourselves and the world. By understanding how we have interpreted events in our life we can choose to change our interpretations and thus create for ourselves a happier, more fulfilling life.
I wasn’t ready to say goodbye : surviving, coping & healing after the sudden death of a loved oneThe grief book that just “gets it.” Whether you’re grieving the sudden loss of a loved one or helping someone else through their grief, I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye offers a comforting hand to help guide you through the grieving process, from the first few weeks to the longer-term emotional and physical effects. It then reveals some of the myths of the grieving process and what really happens as you navigate through the pain.
Letting go of anxiety and depresionDepression and anxiety affect a great many people. Windy Dryden shows how you can identify the unhealthy thought patterns and emotions that lead to a buildup of anxiety and depression, and counter them with a more healthy world-view. He uses tried and tested Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (R.E.B.T.), which has underpinned his other successful books.
Living with GriefThis self-help guide concentrates on grief after bereavement and describes five tasks to be worked through in order to come to terms with grief, and in wider terms value life more. The five tasks come under two headings – three acceptance tasks and two resistance tasks. The acceptance tasks are: accept the full reality of what has happened; accept the need for an increased committment to life; and accept the need for help. The resistance tasks are: resist isolation; and resist dependence. Specific help is also included for those suffering from grief after sudden loss, suicide, or the death of a child or a parent. The book also offers help for those who know they are dying, both adults and children.
Manage your mind : the mental fitness guideJust as simple measures – regular exercise, a sensible diet – keep your body fit, there are attitudes and skills you can develop to build a healthy mind. In this book two leaders in their fields, one a psychiatrist and one a psychologist, set out strategies that will stretch, strengthen, and tune your mind, to help you cope with the rigours of everyday life. The mind is a powerful tool, but without the right training, your moods, thoughts, and behaviour can sabotage your goals and cause depression and anxiety. Manage your Mind shows you how to keep mentally fit – how to tap into your mind’s power – so you can enjoy your life to the fullest.
Manfood: the no-nonsense guide to improving your health and energy in your 40s and beyondIf there was a way to eat that meant you could slow ageing, lose weight AND prevent illness, wouldn’t you do it? Genetics and family history combine with our lifestyles and contribute to overall health, and the results show that men have significantly increased chances of experiencing various diseases. There are of course multiple factors that contribute to the development of disease, but we do know that nutrition is a powerful ally in reducing the risk. Now is your chance to make simple changes to your diet to ensure a longer, healthier, happier life. Drawing on the latest clinical research, award-winning nutritionist Ian Marber provides simple food swaps, myth-busting facts, and scientific evidence on how consuming certain foods can reduce your risk of prostate cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and more.
Men’s health: all you need to know in one concise manualCan you find your inter-gluteal cleft? Or point to your olecranon? Of course not, you’re like most men when it comes to health, you don’t know your a*se from your elbow. But don’t worry, those are the last medical terms you’ll find in this manual. Since prevention is always better than cure, there are no descriptions of disease, no threats or grim warnings, just a lot of stuff that will help you to be healthier. Easy-going, quick wins for a longer, happier life. To be fair, we are living longer anyway. But there’s a catch. Although male life-expectancy at birth is now close to 80, on average only 63 of those years will be in good health. That’s one fifth of your life in poor health. The aim of this manual is to help you live as many healthy and happy years as possible. It’s for men who are interested in their health and wellbeing. And all men who are not.
Overcoming depression and low mood : a five areas approachBuilding on the success of previous editions, Overcoming Depression and Low Mood 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. This book covers all the issues that are known to be problematic in depression in the clear, user-friendly format that is associated with the “Overcoming…” series. The interactive questions and worksheets are a key feature of the series and they are plentiful and appropriate in this new title. Using the established Five Areas Assessment model of depression, the book provides a clear model of intervention using the proven cognitive behaviour therapy evidence-based approach. It is empowering and supportive, helping readers make changes to their lives in a planned and achievable way.
Overcoming anger and irritability : a self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniquesThis is a self-help manual for those who find that they are spoiling the lives of both themselves and those around them with their almost constant irritability and flashes of bad temper. It speaks to those who often find themselves saying and doing things they later regret. It will help the reader understand why such behaviour occurs and what can be done to prevent it. Like all the Overcoming guides it takes a positive approach for which the long-term goal in this case is lasting good temper and also looks at how best to handle situations which would tax even the most good-natured person!
Overcoming panic : a self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniquesDo you sometimes feel overwhelmed by feelings of panic that seem to come from nowhere and yet feel terrifyingly real? Do you avoid certain situations because you think you’ll experience a panic attack? If so, this step-by-step self-help course can give you the necessary skills to overcome and prevent such attacks and the associated agoraphobia.
Stress control: a mind, body, life approach to boosting your well-beingThis accessible, jargon-free book combines clinically proven methods from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), positive psychology and mindfulness to give you the tools you need to improve your mind and take on stress. Learn about stress and how it affects you, follow straightforward steps to get an instant sense of control, develop a set of linked skills for long-term stress management, boost your wellbeing and feel in control of your future.
This book could help: the men’s headspace manualSounds simple, but tired and outdated ideas that tell men how they ought to be, mean the message gets lost. And the results speak for themselves: suicide is the biggest killer of men under fifty. There’s no more room for debate – taking care of your head space should be as normal as eating your five-a-day or going to the gym. Many books make impossible promises about how they will fix all your problems and stresses with some miraculous ten-step programme. This one doesn’t. What it does do is provide practical help, when times are tough and also when they’re not. And just like with your physical health, it doesn’t always have to take much to make a difference. Developed in partnership with Mind, the mental health charity, This Book Could Help is filled with straightforward expert advice and simple techniques to help you shake off what other people say you ought to be, prioritize yourself, meet challenges and develop new strengths, in areas such as dealing with stress, motivation, work and life goals. We all deserve to live fully and respect our struggles, so start here and back yourself every day.
The essential guide to life after bereavement : beyond tomorrowThe period following the death of a loved one can be a time of great turmoil. This sensitive book acts as a helpful and supportive road map through the initial period of loss, and through the weeks and months that follow. The authors address not only the emotional and spiritual aspects of bereavement, but also important practical considerations which are often overlooked, such as the disposal of personal possessions, dealing with funerals, memorials and anniversaries and resolving family conflict. Drawing on many real examples from their work in bereavement counselling, they offer advice on coping with negative emotions, as well as unique and helpful guidance on breaking bad news to children, people with a learning disability and people with dementia. This practical book is essential reading for all those who have experienced bereavement or loss, as well as the friends, relatives and professionals involved in supporting them.
The happiness trap: based on ACT – a revolutionary mindfulness-based proramme for overcoming stress, anxiety and depressionDr Russ Harris reveals how millions of people are unwittingly caught in ‘The Happiness Trap’, where the more they strive for happiness the more they suffer in the long term. He then provides an effective means to escape through a groundbreaking new approach based on mindfulness skills.