General resources

Self-management and workbooks

(If you are searching for workbooks on topics of the courses we cover, such as improving your sleep, understanding and managing depression, crafts, cooking and many many more, please visit our student resources page.)


How to stay calm in a global pandemic (by Dr. Emma Hepburn)

How-to-Stay-Calm-in-a-Global-Pandemic-Free-ebook (PDF, 7 MB)


Do you need a few minutes out? Spend some time listening to our short audio guided relaxation clips from our wonderful volunteer Cate.

Audio relaxation (PDF, 1 MB)


Most of us are carrying around anxieties about Covid-19 (coronavirus) and being in lockdown. Have a look at this workbook designed by one of our service users, Samantha, to help with easing these anxieties.

Lifting-lockdown-booklet (PDF, 1007 KB)


Take a look at this fantastic workbook our colleagues at our sister recovery and wellbeing college in Barnsley have created on an introduction to recovery.

1631-Barnsley-introduction-to-recovery-workbook (PDF, 483 KB)1822 Barnsley introduction to recovery workbook – interactive (PDF, 476 KB)


Take a look at this equally brilliant workbook our colleagues at our sister recovery and wellbeing college in Barnsley have created on anxiety.

1626-Barnsley-recovery-college-anxiety-workbook-v2 (PDF, 427 KB) 1626 Barnsley recovery college anxiety workbook – interactive (PDF


They’ve been at it again – this time with some interactive workbooks around moving more and improving sleep.

1964 Barnsley recovery college habits for sleep workbook – interactive (PDF, 351 KB) 1965 Barnsley recovery college moving more workbook – interactive (PDF, 282 KB)


Our wonderful volunteers and students have put together a playlist of uplifting songs that help them to feel better when they’re not quite feeling themselves. Have a look through the playlist and pick a few songs to listen to that might help you lift your spirits. If you have the time, why not give the whole playlist a go!!

Wakefield Recovery College’s Uplifting Playlist (DOC, 2 MB)


Our Trust infection prevention and control team have put together some really useful information about Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection control in the home…

Infection prevention in the home – what’s bugging you (PDF, 2 MB)


Take a look at our fantastic tutor Nirmala (working with us from the charity Spirit In Mind) and her snippets of mindfulness practice. Watch each of the videos and join in…

Mindfulness and breath

Mindfulness and sight

Mindfulness and sound

Mindfulness and smell/touch

Mindfulness practice

Thought for the day – peacefulness


Barnsley have been at it again! This time, they’ve produced this amazing workbook around habits for improving sleep.

1717 Barnsley recovery college habits for sleep workbook (PDF, 446 KB)

Leaving our mental health services

(Credit to Trust Comms)

We understand that leaving our services can be a daunting or worrisome time for many.

As part of your treatment and care at the Trust, you will have developed tools and strategies to help manage your health and wellbeing.

Our ‘Ways to wellbeing’ booklet is also a useful resource for supporting your wellbeing. This has been created by our intensive home-based treatment in Kirklees, and is given to people when they leave the service.

You can also take a look at our ‘Choose well for mental health’ guide. The guide features examples of how a person may be feeling alongside some of the support available in these different circumstances.

The guide was created with clinicians at the Trust, alongside people with lived experience of mental health difficulties and their families and carers. It contains lots of useful information and contact details for support services to help you continue on your wellbeing journey.


Resources from other recovery colleges and organisations

Are you interested in learning more about domestic abuse and the support available within the Wakefield Distrist? Take a look at this slideshow from Anna Tomlinson-Simpson and the Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service (WDDAS). You can also visit their website for more information.

Wakefield District domestic abuse support


20 minute training on suicide awareness from the Zero Suicide Alliance, aiming to give people who participate (at their own pace, in their own time) the skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide.

Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) suicide awareness training


The Zero Suicide Alliance also have other free, shorter modules available to support people with suicide awareness.

Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) alternative training


Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust’s “Recovery College Online”



Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust’s online recovery college



Head over to of our partner Open Country to check out their wildlife webcams



The Wellness Society have put together this really helpful workbook looking at managing anxiety specifically related to Covid-19 (coronavirus).

Managing-Coronavirus-Anxiety-Workbook-Recovery-College (PDF, 550 KB)


Wakefield’s Healthwatch have put together a booklet of useful support, information and advice available to people during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Healthwatch-Wakefield-Coronavirus-support-and-information (PDF, 1 MB)


Our terrific colleagues at our sister wellbeing and recovery college in Calderdale and Kirklees have created a new physical health newsletter, called Let’s Get Physical. Take a look at their first edition…

Let’s get physical Edition 1 (PDF, 3 MB)


Norfolk and Suffolk Recovery College have been looking at the five different processes of recovery known as CHIME (Connectedness, Hope and optimism, Identity, Meaning in life and Empowerment). Why not find out more…

CHIME training workbook (DOCX, 423 KB)


Blurt Foundation (a social enterprise dedicated to helping those affected by depression) has produced a free downloadable resource library, including information on self-care, crisis planning and supporting someone who has depression).

Visit to download


CAMHS Resources (co-produced by young people, carers and professionals) have put together these downloadable self-help and support guides for young people and for parents, carers and guardians.

Visit to download and for more information and support


Qdos Creates in Barnsley have created various relaxation technique videos during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

Body Scan

5 Mindfulness Exercises

How to Make Stress Cushions and Stress Balls 

Beginner Level Yoga Inspired Chair Exercise

Intermediate Level Yoga Inspired Chair Exercise

Stretching at Home

Art for Mindfulness – Patterns and Colours

Sensory Art – Monet Inspired Finger-painting


Information from MIND and Rethink Mental Illness on supporting people with suicidal thoughts and feelings.

suicidal-thoughts-how-to-support-someone-factsheet (1) (PDF, 599 KB) support-someone-who-feels-suicidal-2017 (PDF, 596 KB)


Our partners over at Open Country have put together this incredible winter nature activities pack. Why not give something new a try, and get involved with nature in your own little part of the world at the same time.

Winter Nature Activities Pack