Depression and anxiety are unpleasant. They can seriously affect your ability to work and enjoy life.

Managing your mental healthCBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) can help you to control the symptoms and can be accessed as on-line self help programs for the treatment of common mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, phobias, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress and psychosis. CBT may also help if you have difficulties with anger, a low opinion of yourself or physical health problems, like pain or fatigue. These programs are interactive, engaging and accessible 24/7 on-line by anyone with access to the internet. It is unlikely to have a negative effect on your life, apart from the time you need to give up to do it.

CBT can help you to change how you think ('Cognitive') and what you do ('Behaviour'). These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the 'here and now' problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.

Some free online CBT resources:

MoodGYM: information, quizzes, games and skills training to help prevent depression

Living Life to the Full: free online life skills course for people feeling distressed and their carers. Helps you understand why you feel as you do and make changes in your thinking, activities, sleep and relationships.

FearFighter: free access can only be prescribed by your doctor in England and Wales.

Other useful information can be found at: www.rcpsych.ac.uk