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First Step useful resources

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust self help booklets

 

Therapy resources

First Step practitioners use a set of standard, nationally-agreed questionnaires at every session. This is to help add further information to our understanding of the problem but also to help monitor progress. Research evidence suggests that monitoring symptoms in this way increases the chance of therapy being effective and helps both the practitioner and patient to keep on track. The main questionnaires can be downloaded below.

First Step Questionnaire (233kB)

Sometimes you and your practitioner will decide to use a worksheet to help you record aspects of your work or to help support the work in between sessions. This helps you to remember what you have discussed and what you are working on. You can download additional copies of these in Word format below.

Five Areas Model for Understanding Your Experiences (1Mb)

Setting Goals Worksheet (1Mb)

Graded Exposure Hierarchy (1Mb)

Mood and Activity Diary (1Mb)

Problem Solving Worksheet (1Mb)

Basic Activity Diary (1Mb)

Behavioural Activation Diary (1Mb)

Sleep Management (summary and diary) (1Mb)

Sleep Diary (1Mb)

Behavioural Experiments Record Sheet (1Mb)

Thought Diary (simple) (1Mb)

Thought Diary (Changing ways of thinking) (1Mb)

Staying Well Plan (1Mb)

Audio resources

There are also a number of audio files that you may find useful.

 

Online self-help courses

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based and structured form of talking therapy that aims to alter the unhelpful thinking (cognitions) and behaviour that commonly occur during times of distress. Some people prefer to work with a practitioner, others would prefer to do the work online. There are further details on the range of online therapy provided and supported by our trained staff, on this page.

Our launch page provides details of all the different ways you can access First Step.

Useful websites

Drug and alcohol
Frank
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
CADAS
UNITY
Gateway
Addaction
Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS)

Health
British Heart Foundation
Diabetes UK
Hospice at Home
Diabetes Desmond Project
British Lung Foundation

Still birth/ Miscarriage
Miscarriage Association
Tommys
Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity
Bluebell Foundation Barrow

Abortion
Marie Stopes Abortion

Debt/benefits
Step Change Debt
Citizens Advice Bureau
DACE (Disability Association of Carlisle and Eden)

Older Adults
Age UK
U3A (University of the Third Age)

Bereavement
Cruse
SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)
Suicide Bereavement Support Cumbria

Rape/Domestic Violence
Let Go
Freedom Project

Gambling
Gam Care

Children, relationships and families
Barnardos
Sure Start
Carlisle Carers
Cumbria Family Support
Borderline
Marriage Care
Relate
Rainbow Trust

Housing
Impact Housing
Shelter

Mental health
OCD-UK is the leading national charity, independently working with and for almost one million children and adults whose lives are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Their website contains a whole range of useful information for people experiencing OCD. Although they do not currently run a support group in Cumbria, they are keen to do this in future if they can identify and train an appropriate volunteer.
OCD Action
Mind
The NHS website
Anxiety UK
Bipolar UK
Samaritans
Maternal OCD
PAC THERAPY

Exercise and fitness
Ramblers
Exercise on Prescription
Senhouse Centre
Purple Lotus Carlisle

Legal
Cumbria Law Centre

Head injury
Headway

Blindness/deafness
Cumbria Deaf Association
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Action for deafness

Work and volunteering
CVS (Cumbria Volunteering Society)
Job Centre Online
Inspira

Equality
Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Centre
Cumbria Pride
Pride in North Cumbria (PiNC)
OutReach Cumbria
Cumbria Sexual Health Service
Beaumont Society (Transgender)
Gender Trust
Transgender Zone
Gender Identity and Research Society
The UK Intersex Association
Trans Unite

Others
Growing Well
Birchall Trust
Eden Rural Foyer
Princes Trust