The SHARP Project

A website providing self-help resources and training

What is SHARP?


Self-help Access in Routine Primary Care (SHARP) is a project designed to enable primary care practitioners to support patients with mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression to access to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based self-help information.

It includes the following:

  • Access to brief self-help leaflets to help people understand and manage their problems more effectively
  • Links to other self-help resources
  • A training course for practitioners with the following outcomes
    • To understand the 5 areas Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) model and how it is used in the self-help leaflets
    • To identify patients who are suitable for guided self-help
    • To engage patients in the guided self-help approach
    • To identify appropriate self-help materials for the patients' identified problems and goals
    • To support patients in their use of self-help materials
  • Access by online registration to a practitioners section that contains a discussion forum to enable ongoing support and the sharing of good practice

The website will be used to support the training of primary care practitioners and the provision of guided self-help in routine primary care but is also open to the public.

The leaflets are based on the 5 Areas model that is widely used in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). They provide information on understanding problems, the 5 Areas model and using it to manage problems. Some of the leaflets are adapted from Chris Williams' books Overcoming Depression and Overcoming Anxiety, with his permission.

It includes the following: