Wellbeing collection – Bath Spa University

Wellbeing collection

The Wellbeing Collection is designed to help you improve your wellbeing, whether through enhancing your cooking skills or learning about university life, relationships and health.

The collection is held in the Sitting Room (MH.G13), Main House, Newton Park campus.  You can borrow any book and return it when you're finished with it.  You don't need to issue it to your library account.

The full book-list can be found below, grouped by topic.  It's a new, evolving collection and we welcome suggestions for new titles. 

Please note: Unless we also have them as ebooks, these titles are not included in library search.

The collection


We have sourced e-book versions of the Wellbeing titles wherever possible, you can access all of these via this Talis Resource List.

Mental health
  • A Beginner's Guide to Being Mental: From Anxiety to Zero F**ks Given, Natasha Devon, 2018 
  • A Manual for Heartache: How to Feel Better, Cathy Rentzenbrink, 2017 
  • An Introduction to Coping with Anxiety, 2nd Ed, Brenda Hogan and Lee Brosan, 2018 
  • Anxiety at University (Student Wellbeing Series), Dominique Thompson, 2019 
  • Anxiety is Really Strange, Steve Haines, 2018  ebook available
  • Break Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT, Fiona Challacombe, Victoria Bream Oldfield and Paul M Salkovskis, 2011 ebook available
  • CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Your Toolkit to Modify Mood, Overcome Obstructions and Improve your Life, Elaine Iljon Foreman and Clair Pollard, 2016  ebook available
  • Depression at University (Student Wellbeing Series), Dominique Thompson, 2019 
  • Fat is a Feminist Issue, Susie Orbach, 2016 (rev'd) ebook available
  • Finding My Voice, Nadiya Hussain, 2019 
  • Freedom from Self-Harm: Overcoming Self-Injury with Skills from DBT and Other Treatments, Kim L. Gratz and Alexander L. Chapman, 2009 ebook available
  • Getting Better Bite by Bite: A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders, Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure and Jne Alexander, 2015 ebook available
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness, Francois Lelord, 2009 ebook available
  • How To Stay Sane: The School of Life, Philippa Perry, 2012 
  • Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, Allie Brosh, 2013 
  • I Had a Black Dog, Matthew Johnstone, 2007 
  • It's All Absolutely Fine: Life is Complicated so I've Drawn it Instead, 2017, Ruby Elliott 
  • Misfit: There's no Such Thing as Normal, Charli Howard, 2019 
  • On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler, 2014 ebook available
  • Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig, 2015 ebook available
  • Remember this When you're Sad: Lessons Learned on the Road from Self-Harm to Self-Care, Maggy Van Eijk, 2018 
  • Stand Tall Little Girl: Facing up to Anorexia, Hope Virgo, 2018 
  • The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van der Kolk, 2015  ebook available
  • The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, Sathnam Sanghera, 2009 ebook available
  • The Emotionally Absent Mother: How to Recognize and Heal the Invisible Effects of Childhood Emotional Neglect, Jasmin Lee Cori, 2017 
  • The Mindful Way Through Anxiety: Break Free From Chronic Worry and Reclaim your Life, Elaine Iljon Foreman and Clair Pollard, 2016 ebook available
  • The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies, Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin, 2015 ebook available
  • The Recovery Letters: Addressed to People Experiencing Depression, James Withey and Oliva Sagan (Eds), 2017  ebook available
  • The Stranger on the Bridge, Jonny Benjamin and Britt Pfluger, 2018 
  • They F*** You Up: How to Survive Family LifeOliver James, 2006 
  • Trauma is Really Strange, Steve Haines, 2015 ebook available
  • We Get It: Voices of Grieving College Students and Young Adults, Heather L. Servaty-Seib and David C. Fajgenbaum, 2015 ebook available
  • We're All Mad Here: The No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety, Claire Eastham, 2016 ebook available
  • When Anxiety Attacks, Terian Koscik, 2015 ebook available
  • You Can Do All Things: Drawings, Affirmations and Mindfulness to Help With Anxiety and Depression, Kate Allan, 2018
  • A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, Ruby Wax, 2016 ebook available
  • Atlas of the Heart : Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, Brene Brown, 2021
  • Coming Home to Self: Healing the Primal Wound, Nancy Verrier, 2010
  • Empowered: Live Your Life with Passion and Purpose, Vee Kativhu, 2021
  • Everyday Calming Rituals: Simple Daily Practices to Reduce Stress, Tania Ahsan, 2020 ebook available
  • How to Feel Good in Difficult Times: Simple Strategies to Help You Survive and Thrive, Gael Lindenfield, 2020 ebook available
  • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Mark Williams and Danny Penman, 2011
  • Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques, Melanie Fennell, 2016
  • Overcoming Perfectionism: A Self-Help Guide Using Scientifically Supported Cognitive Behavioural Techniques, Roz Shafran, 2018
  • Quiet: Silencing the Brain Chatter and Believing that you're Good Enough, Fearne Cotton, 2018
  • Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions, Russell Brand, 2018
  • Rising StrongBrene Brown, 2015 ebook available 
  • Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, Yomi Adegoke, 2019
  • Stuff That Sucks: Accepting What You Can’t change and Committing to What You Can, Ben Sedley, 2015
  • The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did), Philippa Perry, 2019 ebook available
  • The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness, Steve Peters, 2012
  • The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron, 2013 ebook available
  • The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle, 2001
  • The Promise of Happiness, Sara Ahmed, 2010 ebook available
  • The Things You Can See When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World, HYomi Adegokeaemin Sunim, 2017 ebook available 
  • The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge: Sleep Better, Lose Weight, Boost Energy, Beat Anxiety, Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns, 2017
  • Why Has Nobody Told Me this Before?, Julie Smith, 2022 ebook available
  • You Are a Champion : How to Be the Best You Can Be, Marcus  Rashford with Carl Anka, 2021
  • 8 Keys to Building Your Best Relationships, Daniel A. Hughes, 2013
University life
  • A Guide to Uni Life: The one stop guide to what university is REALLY like, Lucy Tobin, 2015 ebook available
  • Eat that frog!: 21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time 3rd ed, Brian Tracy, 2017
  • Letters to a New Student: Tips to Study Smarter from a Psychologist, Gary Wood, 2018 
  • Resilience and Resourcefulness at University (Student Wellbeing Series), Dominique Thompson, 2019
  • Staying Well and Safe at University (Student Wellbeing Series), Dominique Thompson, 2019 
  • The Ultimate University Survival Guide: The Uni-Verse, Jack Edwards, 2020 ebook available
  • Uni Lifehacks: Insights From The UK's Most Successful Students, George MacGill and David Jacob, 2017
  • Gender Queer: A Memoir, Maia Kobabe, 2019 
  • Life Isn't Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-BetweenMeg John Barker and Alex Iantaffi, 2019 ebook available
  • Queer Up: An Uplifting Fuide to LGBTQ+ Love, Life and Mental Health, Alexis Caught, 2022 ebook available 
  • Straight Jacket: Overcoming society’s legacy of gay shame, Matthew Todd, 2018
  • The Times I Knew I Was GayEleanor Crewes, 2020 
  • The Transgender Guidebook: Keys to a Successful Transition, Anne Boedecker, 2011
  • The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing up Gay in a Straight Man's World, Alan Downs, 2012
  • Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, Laura Erickson-Schroth (ed), 2014  ebook available
  • Trans Love: An Anthology of Transgender and Non-Binary Voices, Edited by Freiya Benson, 2019 ebook available 
  • Undivided: Coming out, becoming whole and living free from shame, Vicky Beeching, 2018 
lllness, neurodiversity and disability
  • Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults, Luke Beardon, 2017 ebook available
  • Camouflage: the hidden lives of autistic women, Dr Sarah Bargiela, 2019 ebook available
  • Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder, John J. Ratey, 2006 
  • Go Your Crohn Way: A Gutsy Guide to Living with Crohn's Disease, Kathleen Nicholls, 2016 ebook available
  • How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide, Toni Bernhard, 2015 ebook available
  • Overcoming Chronic Fatigue: A Self-Help Guide Using CBT Technqiues (2nd Ed), Marie Burgess with Trudie Chalder, 2019 
  • Pain is Really Strange, Steve Haines, 2015 ebook available
  • Sex Drugs and Asperger's Syndrome: A User Guide to Adulthood, Luke Jackson, 2017 ebook available
  • Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness: How to Stay Sane and Live One Step Ahead of Your Symptoms, Ilana Jacqueline, 2018 ebook available
  • Take Control of Type 1 Diabetes: A comprehensive guide to self-management and staying well, David Cavan, 2018
  • The Carer's Bible, Amanda Waring, 2018 ebook available
  • The Fibromanual: A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your Doctor, Ginerva Liptan, 2016 
  • The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night, Guy Meadows, 2014
  • University and Chronic Illness: A Survival Guide, Pippa Stacey, 2020 
Food and lifestyle
  • Cooking on a bootstrap: Over 100 simple, budget friendly recipes, Jack Monroe, 2018  Link to website
  • Feel Better In 5: Your Daily Plan to Feel Great for Life, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, 2019
  • Jog on: how running saved my life, Bella Mackie, 2019  ebook available
  • Is Butter a Carb?: Unpicking Fact from Fiction in the World of Nutrition, Rosie Saunt and Helen West, 2019
  • Just Eat It: How Intuitive Eating Can Help you Get Your Shit Together Around Food, Laura Thomas, 2019 
  • Miguel Barclay's Super Easy One-Pound Meals, Miguel Barclay, 2018 
  • NOSH for Students: A Fun Student Cookbook, Joy May, 2017 
  • Vegetarian NOSH for Student's: A Fun Student Cookbook, Joy May, 2017 

"Want to suggest a book? Can't find a current title? You can get in touch with me directly by email: d.rooney@bathspa.ac.uk."

David Rooney

Useful links

Reading Well

The Reading Agency's Reading Well project promotes a variety of wellbeing books, some of which are in our collection. Most public libraries also stock these books.


The mental health charity, Mind, is a great resource for information on mental health conditions, medication and getting support.

Student Wellbeing Services

Bath Spa's Student Wellbeing team can provide you with help, guidance and support for a wide range of issues.

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