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Update to the COVID-19 Guided Self-help Booklets

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“It is many months since the start of the first COVID lockdown in March, and things are different now. Winter has started and people wear masks when they go into shops or travel on buses and trains. It has been hard not getting to see friends and family as much. It has also been hard not getting to do lots of the things that we enjoy or keep us busy. All the changes to the rules have been confusing and it can be difficult to know what’s going to happen next. Even though we now have the hope of vaccines, there will be rules about what we can and can’t do for some time longer. So we thought it would be a good idea to update the booklets, to take account of the changes to everyone’s lives and the effects of living with the COVID restrictions and worries for such a long time.”
Professor Andrew Jahoda, University of Glasgow 

The University of Glasgow, with assistance from colleagues at Lancaster University,  the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick, developed this series of guided self-help booklets, designed to support people with mild to moderate learning/intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The booklets can be used with the support of family members, friends, volunteers and carers and are also suitable for social work and health professionals. The booklets are intended to give people with learning/intellectual disabilities an opportunity to talk through their feelings with people providing support to them. There is a guide accompanying each booklet, explaining how the content can be delivered.

The booklets and guides have been updated as of December 2020. 

This Self-help Booklet series is intended to help you to work in partnership with people who have learning/intellectual disabilities, to talk about their feelings and make plans for staying well at this difficult time

Printed versions are available both to reach and include people with learning/intellectual disabilities who do not have internet access.

The booklets are free to download, however printed copies of the resources are only available to those living in Scotland.

Find out more about how the COVID-19 Guided Self-help Booklet Series was developed here.

Colleagues at the University of Glasgow are carrying out an evaluation of the booklets. Please complete the short online questionnaire (it only takes 10 minutes) to tell us about your experience of using the booklets.

Access the Self-help Booklet Series online:


Coping with feeling down

Getting a good night’s sleep

Being active and staying well

  • ‘You can do it!’ – Being Active and Keeping Better Booklet
  • A Guide to using the ‘You can do it!’ Booklet

Solving problems

  • ‘Sort it out’ – A way to help you solve your problems Booklet
  • A Guide to using the ‘Sort it out’ Booklet

Coping with anxiety


Order print versions of the Self-help Booklet series:

Printed copies of the resources are available to people living and working in Scotland. Fill out an order form and email or call SCLD on 0141 248 3733 to order.

SCLD has also collated and produced further information and resources for and to support people with learning/intellectual disabilities throughout the Coronavirus outbreak. You can find out more here.