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.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- ACT for Anxiety Disorders worksheets: Dr. John Forsyth’s website has handout packs to accompany his books ACT for Anxiety Disorders and The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety.
- 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.
- Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Group Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: this includes a therapist manual and participant handouts
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
- CBT Skills Training Workbook: this is from the NHS, and is focused on low mood and anxiety
- Centre for Clinical Interventions: this Australia-based organization has CBT-based workbooks and worksheets for a variety of mental health concerns
- Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression: workbooks for generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, OCD, panic disorder, social phobia, and specific phobias
- Dr. Danny Gagnon (psychologist): CBT self-help resources
- Dartmouth University: Integrated CBT patient workbook
- Hamilton Family Health Team Social Anxiety Group Participation Workbook: This patient manual for group therapy is laid out in a way that makes it pretty easy to use on your own
- Harborview Abuse & Trauma Center CBT+ Notebook: CBT handouts and worksheets
- Managing Depression: A Self-Help Skills Resource for Women Living with Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery, and Beyond
- Managing Your Worries: CBT workbook for GAD from the University of Exeter
- NHS inform: CBT-based self-help guides for anxiety, depression, 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
- University of Michigan CBT Group Program for Depression Adult Patient Manual: This manual is intended to be used as part of a group program, but it’s clearly laid out and has exercises you can work on on your own. There’s also an anxiety group manual.
- Your Very Own TF-CBT Workbook: trauma-focused CBT for teens
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.
- DBT handouts from psychologist Dr. Linda Olson
- DBT Peer Connections: DBT skills in a massively open online course format
- DBT Skills Application: a DBT self-help site with links to worksheets focused on various DBT skills
- Dealing with Distress: distress tolerance workbook
- Regulator Workbook: DBT skills manual from Mission Australia
- Self-validation skills: these handouts are intended to accompany DBT group skills training
Other Mental Health Workbooks
- Dealing with Psychosis Toolkit: This toolkit from Fraser Health Authority provides information about psychosis and skills that will be helpful in managing it.
- Mental Health Recovery Star: This is a way of measuring progress in 10 different areas of your life related to mental health.
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Ken Lunn
- Queens University self-help workbooks: workbooks on improving mood, managing anxiety, and self-care
- GetSelfHelp: worksheets galore on a variety of topics
- 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
- Psychology Tools: has a wide variety of worksheets, including CBT and DBT-based
- Therapist Aid: also has a wide variety, with worksheets that are geared for therapists to use with their clients.
Visit the Mental Health Websites & Apps page for listings of lots of great mental health resources.
The COVID-19/Mental Health Coping Toolkit page has a wide range of different resources that can help make coping a little easier.