Self-help resources

Information about mental health

Sometimes self-assessment resources and information can help you take the next step in seeking help, or give you peace of mind about possible signs of distress you may be feeling. 

Anxiety and Phobias

Depression and Mood

  • The Anti-Depressant Skills Workbook provides self-help materials for learning strategies to help manage depression.
  • You can learn more about struggles with mood from the Canadian Mental Health Association’s facts on depression and bipolar disorder and grieving.
  • Mindcheck.ca is designed to help you check how you’re feeling and connect to mental health resources and support. Support includes education, self-care tools, website links, and assistance in connecting to local professional resources.
  • Informed Choices About Depression is a resource developed by a team of researchers, professionals and young adults to answer the questions many people have about depression.

Drug and Alcohol Use

  • HelpToHelp.ca has activities to help you think about your own substance use.
  • HelpGuide provides you with supportive information to help you to face up to any type of addiction, whether it’s alcohol or drugs.
  • Substance Use Blood Alcohol Calculator is a tool to help you anticipate your blood alcohol content over the time you expect to drink.
  • Check your Drinking helps users get a full picture of their alcohol consumption.

Sleep and Insomnia

  • Calm is a mindfulness meditation app that can help you clear your mind.
  • Meditation Oasis has meditation and relaxation resources.
  • Alternative treatments such as acupuncture or naturopathy can help relieve insomnia. To make an appointment and get more information, visit UVic’s Victory Health and Wellness.

General Mental Health

Resources in Other Languages

The following online resources in languages other than English may be helpful tools for self-help: