Self-Help and Useful Links

Self-help

Psychological distress and mild cognitive problems are common and not everyone needs to see a psychologist.

The following self-help material can be given to patients by healthcare professionals or accessed directly by patients.

 

There is also information and advice on the Hints and Tips pages in the Cognition and Psychological Impact sections.

Disclaimer: If your symptoms persist then seek support from your healthcare team. 

 

Anxiety

Steps for Stress is a Scottish Government resource that has online information, booklets and CDs about stress and how to manage it.

 

Headspace is a meditation app for your phone and computer that contains a range of meditation and relaxation exercises. There is a free trial period so you can try it before you consider paying for it.

 

Moodjuice for Anxiety is a paper document that contains information about anxiety and how to manage it. It is based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach to understanding and treating anxiety.

 

There are also leaflets specific to different conditions and mental health, for example Multiple Sclerosis and anxiety. Check out the Useful Links section below for information from charities.

 

Depression and well-being

Living Life To The Full is a free online course that covers low mood and stress and some of the common problems they cause.

 

There are very strong links between activity and positive mental health. Active Scotland helps you find exercise classes in your area.

 

If you are living with a long-term condition such as MS, Kicc Active offers a range of yoga, pilates, meditation, hydrotherapy and tai chi classes.

 

Moodjuice for Depression is a paper document that contains information about depression and how to manage it. It is based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach to understanding and treating anxiety.

 

Cognition

Brain training

There is growing evidence about the brain's ability to form and reorganise connections following learning, experience and injury. Brain training involves the completion of exercises that target different cognitive skills such as memory or concentration. The benefits of such an approach vary and unfortunately may not reverse the cognitive problems that result from your neurological illness or injury. Nevertheless, some people find them beneficial when combined with other strategies to maximise everyday functioning. One app you may wish to consider is Brainwell. It has a free trial period.

 

Healthy cognitive aging

We often get asked about what can be done to promote healthy cognitive aging and general brain health. The Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Epidemiology (CCACE) is in the process of producing a 10 step guide for promoting brain health and it will be published at the end of March 2017. A link will provided on this website once it has been launched.

Useful Links

Below are a range of links to different organisations and charities that are more specific to a particular neurological illness or injury. The organisations are not endorsed by the neuropsychology service.

Brain Injury

​Brain and Spine Foundation

www.brainandspine.org.uk

Headway

www.headway.org.uk


 

Brain Tumour

Brains Trust

www.brainstrust.org.uk​


Edinburgh Neuro-Oncology

www.ecno.co.uk


Maggie's Centre

www.maggiescentres.org



Dementia

Alzheimer's Research UK

www.alzheimersresearchuk.org



Encephalitis

The Encephalitis Society

www.encephalitis.info​ 



Epilepsy

Epilepsy Action

www.epilepsy.org.uk


Epilepsy Society

www.epilepsysociety.org.uk


 

Huntington’s Disease

Huntington's Disease Association (UK)

hda.org.uk


Scottish Huntington's Association

www.hdscotland.org



Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus Scotland

www.hydrocephalusscotland.org.uk

 


Mental Health and Well Being 

Breathing Space

breathingspace.scot


Moodjuice

www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk


 

Samaritans

www.samaritans.org


 


Motor Neurone Disease

​Motor Neurone Disease Scotland

www.mndscotland.org.uk




Multiple Sclerosis

MS Trust

www.mstrust.org.uk


MS Trust: Staying Smart (information about cognitive problems associated with MS)

www.stayingsmart.org.uk


MS Society

www.mssociety.org.uk

 

 

Stroke

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

www.chss.org.uk

Last Reviewed: 13/03/2017