Self help is when somebody seeks information directly and in person for the problems he or she wants to overcome, without having to consult doctors or professionals, who usually provide treatments that in most cases are often expensive and ineffective.
There are many other channels in which to find self-help; amongst your friends and relations for example, as the people closer to you are more likely to know what may really help you.
However, it is at times when you have difficulty to talk to people close to you about embarrassing problems, in this case self help groups are a very good solution.
In self-help groups most people are going through the same difficulties or similar ones you are experiencing. The fact that each one of you is in a difficult situation will stimulate the necessity to help others and give advice.
In addition people within the group, who have overcome their troubles, will be able to give you the right kind of advice you need.
Books are also a resourceful means by which you may seek self-help. Nonetheless, there are so many different approaches to topics in self-help books that it is important you pick out the one, which is appropriate for you.
Make sure you browse carefully through books to make sure the language and concepts can be clearly followed, in order for you to be able to put them into practice. These books can be browsed through both in bookshops and now on the Internet.