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Useful Links

Well-Being Links

Mental Health Links

Books recommended for specific conditions:

  • I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone: illustrated book about depression.
    (See also Youtube: I had a black dog, his name was depression)
  • Living with a Black Dog by Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone: illustrated book about how to care for someone with depression.
  • Sunbathing in the Rain by Gwyneth Lewis: a personal account of severe depression.
  • My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel: a personal story of living with anxiety.
  • Henry’s Demon’s by Patrick & Henry Cockburn: a personal father/son story about living with psychosis.
  • The Man Who Couldn’t Stop by David Adam: personal experience of living with OCD.
  • Waking by Matthew Sanford: a personal reflection on recovering from physical and emotional trauma.

Mental Health Apps:

  • See apps.beta.nhs.uk for mental health apps recommended or being tested by the NHS.

Mindfulness Links


Training, courses and practice sessions:

Organisations Offering Retreats:

Recommended authors:

There are many books available about mindfulness, both general information, as well as relating to specific applications. Some authors recommended by Present Minds are:

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Mark Williams
  • Christopher Germer
  • Cheryl Rezek
  • Adam Ford
  • Vidyamala Burch
  • Saki Santorelli
  • Bhante Henepola Gunaratana


There are many podcasts available that can be extremely helpful in our understanding and practice of mindfulness. Good places to look are:


Apps can provide useful portable mindfulness practices, or simply a meditation timer that can support your practice. Some recommended ones are:


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