Ted talks: Building self esteem

Niko Everett would like to introduce you to someone she thinks you should know-YOU! As the founder of Girls for Change, Niko has helped many young teens transform their communities and themselves by holding up a powerful mirror. In this engaging talk, Nik
Watch this video on building self esteem

Ted talks: Why your critics aren't the ones who count

There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to 'armor up' and 'shut ourselves off'.
Watch the youtube video

Overcoming low self-esteem: 

This information package is designed to provide you with some information about low self-esteem - how it develops, how it is maintained, and how to address this problem. Organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence: each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.


  • Build confidence is a confidence building app, so put on your headphones and drift to sleep with this relaxing guided meditation intended to clear your mind and build your self confidence.
  • Happify translates the science of happiness into online activities that can be completed right from your phone or computer. Happify has created a platform to engage in writing activities and games designed to increase happiness.
  • Headspace learn how to train your mind for a happier, healthier life.
  • Superbetter has gamified the process of building happiness by creating short, easy activities that you can complete as you go on quests to build happiness-boosting skills like resilience.

Rational coping statements and disputations

Upset feelings which may derive from low self esteem or confidence are usually caused by the way we are thinking about what is happening, not the events themselves. To change your feelings (and your behaviour), try the following 'Exchange Vocabulary'. When you first try this new way of thinking, it might not feel right. The more you do it, however, the more natural these realistic beliefs will become.

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Professional support 

If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.   

If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.

For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: