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Shelf Help: About

Books, apps, videos, music, & more
Find a printable version of our Shelf Help recommendations hereWhat is Shelf Help?
Reading about other people’s experiences and feelings can sometimes help you understand your own. As well as books, the Shelf Help website includes links to helpful apps, videos, and much more. 
How does it work?
  • Someone from the Counselling and Mental Wellbeing team or the Disability and Inclusion team may recommend one of these books for you to read, or you may want to choose some for yourself.
  • Some of these books are available for you to read online, while others are available to borrow from your campus library. 
  • If you need help locating or requesting a book please ask a friendly member of Library staff, who are always happy to help.
  • Your book requests and reading history are completely confidential.
Can reading a book really help me?
There is good clinical evidence that self-help books can support people in understanding and managing common conditions and stressors. You can use these books on their own, but Shelf Help often works better with support from trained health professionals, such as a counsellor, therapist, or GP. 
What if I need more help?
There’s no need to struggle on your own! You might find it easier to talk things over with a trusted friend, relative, or colleague. And remember that help is always available at Edinburgh Napier University through our Counselling and Mental Wellbeing service.

About our Recommended Books

The books listed on this website have been chosen in consultation with students, the Student Wellbeing and Inclusion team, and Librarians.

About our Recommended Apps

The apps recommended on this website have been sourced from official reviews and recommendations. For example the apps recommended on our page about Autism Spectrum Disorder have been selected from the list reviewed by Autism Speaks, while other apps have been reviewed by organisations such as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and charities such as Mind. All the apps recommended here are free to install, but some may come with in-app purchases. 


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