Mental health resources

Here is a list of mental health and schema therapy-related resources that might be helpful. There is also a great deal of information on this website, available for free, but if you need more help email

Mental health support

If you are feeling suicidal, please contact your GP straight away, call 999 or go to your local A&E department. You can also get in touch with the Samaritans, who are there, 24/7, to listen and help: call 116 123 or visit

If you are struggling with psychological problems such as anxiety or depression, contact Mind, who have a range of resources to help:

If you or someone you love has OCD, you can get a wide range of support from OCD Action:

If you are looking for help with an eating disorder, contact BEAT:

If you or someone you know is self-harming, contact selfharmUK:

If you would like help in tracking your mood (very useful if you have problems with depression, or have a bipolar disorder diagnosis) try Moodscope:

If you have been diagnosed with a personality disorder, you can find out more about what that means and which treatment options are available through Mind ( or the Royal College of Psychiatrists:

If you are interested in compassion-focused therapy (CFT), which is a powerful new form of cognitive therapy designed to treat a wide range of psychological problems, try the Compassionate Mind Foundation:

If you would like to find out more about schema therapy or find a therapist near you, try the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST):

If you are interested in training as a schema therapist, or are looking for schema therapy or supervision, I highly recommend Schema Therapy Associates:

If you are looking for a CBT therapist visit my cognitive therapy website ( or try the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP):

Addictive behaviours

If you think you might have a problem with alcohol, talk to Alcoholics Anonymous:

If you think you might be addicted to drugs, talk to Narcotics Anonymous:

If you are using recreational drugs, or would just like more information about drugs, contact FRANK: call 0300 123 6600 or visit

If you are gambling to excess, or think you may have a problem with gambling, contact Gamblers Anonymous:

Schema therapy books

If you would like to know more about schema therapy, read Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthough Program to End Negative Behavior... and Feel Great Again, by Jeffrey Young (the founder of schema therapy) and Janet Klosko. This is the best schema therapy self-help book available – and is a great place to start your journey of discovery into this groundbreaking approach.

A more recent self-help book, Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns: A Schema Therapy Self-Help and Support Book, by Gitta Jacob, Hannie van Genderen and Laura Seebauer, is also useful – this focuses more on recent developments in schema therapy, especially the mode model.

If your partner, parent, sibling, friend, boss or colleague is narcissistic, they may well make your life very difficult. Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving & Thriving With the Self-Absorbed, by Wendy Behary, is written for those dealing with narcissistic people in their lives, by a leading expert on narcissism. If you would like to know more about Wendy and her work, visit

Mindfulness meditation

If you would like to know more about mindfulness meditation, you can study at a Buddhist Centre – try the London Buddhist Centre ( or North London Buddhist Centre (

Many places now offer the mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) courses, for example London Meditation ( or British Mindfulness Institute (

The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University (one of the world's leading centres of mindfulness teaching and research) offers a wide range of free guided mindfulness meditations, by leading mindfulness practitioners: 

The Oxford Mindfulness Centre is also a world-leading organisation, specialising in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). It offers a wide range of courses, training and resources on its website:

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
— Dalai Lama