Mental health

Free Mental Health Workbooks

free mental health workbooks

There are a lot of excellent mental health resources out there, and quite a few of them are actually free. Here are some of the good mental health workbooks and worksheets that I’ve come across. They’re based on therapeutic approaches that have proven to be effective.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is an evidence-based treatment used for a variety of different mental illnesses.  A key element of CBT is identifying evidence to challenge cognitive distortions.  This can be difficult to do without working with a therapist, but there are plenty of self-help resources to help you try on your own.

  • Antidepressant Skills Workbook from the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction: This is a good intro for people who are new to CBT for depression, but might feel a little too basic if you are familiar with CBT
  • Moodjuice: CBT-based self-help guides for anxiety, depression, obsessions and compulsions, panic PTSD, social phobia, and other topics
  • NHS South London and Maudsley behavioural activation booklets: this series of booklets is focused on the behavioural activation aspect of CBT for depression
  • Think CBT Workbook – the ThinkCBT also has other resources based on CBT, acceptance and commitment therapy, and compassion-focused therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

DBT is very skill-based, and while it’s used most often for borderline personality disorder, many of the skills can also be useful to people with other mental health issues.


Other Mental Health Workbooks

  • ACT Mindfully: Russ Harris’s site has worksheets from all of his books on acceptance and commitment therapy.  As the name implies, ACT focuses on accepting emotions rather than avoiding/fighting them, and acting in line with values.
  • Dealing with Psychosis Toolkit: This toolkit from Fraser Health Authority provides information about psychosis and skills that will be helpful in managing it.
  • Queens University self-help workbooks: workbooks on improving mood, managing anxiety, and self-care

Assorted Worksheets

  • Oxford Clinical Psychology forms & worksheets: this site is designed for therapists and isn’t necessarily the most user-friendly to navigate through, but there are lots of resources here
  • PositivePsychology.com: info and worksheets based on a number of different therapy models, including CBT, DBT, and positive psychotherapy
  • Therapist Aid: also has a wide variety, with worksheets that are geared for therapists to use with their clients.
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  1. Thank you for sharing these. They were so helpful to me when I first started at my mental health facility back in 2015. I hope you don’t mind, but I want to share this with other readers as they would be able to help them as well! πŸ™‚

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