Links and resources library

Issue Specific Organisations and Resources

 

Depression

 

Depression Alliance

'The leading charity in the UK for anyone affected by depression, and we can help you meet and chat to others in your local area, join a self help group, and learn more about depression, treatment and recovery.' 

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - SELF-HELP GROUPS - CAMPAIGNS

 

Depression UK

'Promotes mutual support between individuals affected by or at risk from depression, with the aim of encouraging self help, recovery and personal growth.'

ONLINE COMMUNITY - SELF-HELP MATERIALS - ARTICLES

 

Action on Depression

'Scotland’s national charity on depression. Action on Depression promotes self-management, recovery and peer support.'

INFORMATION - LOCAL RESOURCES - CAMPAIGNS

 

Friends in Need

'Is a way for people affected by depression to meet online and in their local area. It’s free to join and a great way to share support.'

ONLINE COMMUNITY - SUPPORT GROUPS

 

Students Against Depression

'Offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking. Alongside clinically-validated information and resources it presents the experiences, strategies and advice of students themselves – after all, who are better placed to speak to their peers about how depression can be overcome.'

INFORMATION - SELF-HELP - RESOURCES

 

Sane’s Black Dog Tribe

Set up by Ruby Wax in order to 'realise Ruby and SANE’s shared vision: to provide a space where people like you can talk openly about mental ill-health and realise you’re not alone. BDT's new home on the SANE website will mean that tribers are but a click away from SANE’s emotional support and services.'

INFORMATION - PERSONAL STORIES - BLOGS - RESOURCES

 

Time to Change

Depression: personal blogs and stories.

PERSONAL STORIES - BLOGS

 

The PANDAS Foundation

'Is here to help support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness.  We are also here to inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.'

INFORMATION - LOCAL SUPPORT - HELPLINE

 

Anxiety

 

Anxiety UK

“Anxiety UK was established to promote the relief and rehabilitation of persons suffering from agoraphobia and associated anxiety disorders, phobias and conditions, in particular, but not exclusively, by raising awareness in such topics”.

INFORMATION - PERSONAL STORIES - BLOGS - RESOURCES

 

Social Anxiety Support

“To provide support for those who suffer from social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Social Anxiety Support (SAS) went online in mid-2000. The website has changed significantly over the years and also has changed ownership twice. Despite these changes, the mission of the site has stayed the same. Much credit and many thanks go to the two previous owners who both worked to make SAS a welcoming and supportive community for people with social anxiety disorder (social phobia)”.

INFORMATION - PERSONAL STORIES - BLOGS - RESOURCES

 

No More Panic

“This site provides valuable information for sufferers and carers of people with Panic, Anxiety, Phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD). Its purpose is to provide members with support, advice and a chance to meet like-minded people and make friends along the way. You should use the website information, Message Forum and Chat room alongside any care you are currently receiving from your physician”.

INFORMATION - PERSONAL STORIES  - RESOURCES


 

Obsessions, Compulsions and OCD

 

OCD Action

“We provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD”.

INFORMATION - PERSONAL STORIES - BLOGS - RESOURCES

 

OCD UK

“We work with, and for children and adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, health professionals and researchers to develop and share our experiences and knowledge to help people increase their understanding about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and to help reduce the effect of OCD on the lives of those that suffer with this debilitating illness. OCD-UK is unique in being an OCD charity that is completely service-user led, a charity for children and adults with OCD, run by sufferers, for sufferers”.

INFORMATION - PERSONAL STORIES - BLOGS - RESOURCES
 

Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

 

PTSD Resolution

“Providing counselling for former armed forces, reservists & families. [Contact us] For free, immediate, local, brief and effective treatment. The PTSD Resolution programme involves a series of one-hour therapy sessions on a one-to-one, out-patient basis, to relieve veterans of disabling symptoms. A single course of treatment is usually all that's required, delivered through a national network of therapists, trained in HGT (Human Givens Therapy) - a successful therapy for dealing with mental distress.”

ONLINE COMMUNITY - SELF-HELP MATERIALS - ARTICLES - THERAPY/COUNSELLING

 

Combat Stress

“Combat Stress is the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity.  Mental ill-health affects ex-Service men and women of all ages. Right now, we're supporting almost 6,000 Veterans aged from 18 to 97. We're a vital lifeline for these men, women and their families. Our Mission is to provide timely, effective clinical treatment and welfare support to Veterans who suffer from psychological wounds.”

INFORMATION - PERSONAL STORIES - BLOGS - RESOURCES - THERAPY/COUNSELLING

 

Talking 2 Minds

“We help anyone who is suffering from PTSD or another severe stress-related condition, including those with addictions. Traumas leave their mark and whether it’s in the field of combat, as part of the “blue light” services or through something encountered as a civilian, the effects can be terrifying and debilitating. It doesn’t matter how or when you became traumatised, we treat all sufferers with the same compassion and understanding.

Our Paradigm Change Programme™ uses a holistic approach and works with clients on an individual basis. There is no “group” work as such, although clients are free to converse with other sufferers should they wish. What is unique in our work is that we do not force sufferers to “relive” their traumas as we have learned that this tends only to exacerbate the problem. Instead we gently assist clients to find the root causes of their condition and find the best solutions to them.”

INFORMATION -  RESOURCES - THERAPY/COUNSELLING

 

ASSIST Trauma Care

“ASSIST Trauma Care is a specialist Third Sector (Not-for-Profit) Organisation offering therapeutic help to adults and children, individuals and families, affected by a wide range of traumatic occurrences. Based at a central clinic in Rugby in the English Midlands, ASSIST therapists have been trained to use evidence-based models to help sufferers rebuild their lives and move on following a traumatic experience that has impacted them. We also have specialist Outreach Therapists located across England and Wales who may be able to provide more local help in some cases. ASSIST therapists work with both the symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and also with Traumatic Bereavement and Grief.”

INFORMATION - RESOURCES - THERAPY/COUNSELLING

 

PTSD UK

“PTSD UK was founded by Jacqui Suttie after her own experiences suffering with PTSD in 2015. The lack of understanding, provisions and information made Jacqui realise that help and education is needed for those struggling with PTSD – along with their friends and family.

PTSD UK is currently the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder for anyone affected. Evidence suggests that around 70% of people who suffer with PTSD in the UK do not receive any professional help at all.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY -  CAMPAIGNS

 

Save Our Soldier

“We address the broken lives or combatants (and their partners) damaged through war related trauma circumstances. This includes Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) as well as many other harmful side effects of trauma, if left unchecked, can take in some cases up to 13 years or more for the effects to fully show. Our coaching and interventions aim to help combatants reverse the downward spiral of suffering and begin a journey back towards the very best they can be. We use a specific, unique and diverse combination of evidence based interventions without the use of medication, including “Spectrum Therapy” (which is in the process towards NICE approval), CBT, an Eye Movement Therapy, Guided Imagery, Mindfulness & Specialised family work.”

INFORMATION - RESOURCES - THERAPY/COUNSELLING

 

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion supports serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

INFORMATION - RESOURCES - THERAPY/COUNSELLING


 

Interpersonal difficulties, self-injury and ‘Personality Disorder’

 

Emergence Plus

“Our vision at Emergence is to make a life changing difference for everyone affected by personality disorders (PD) through support, advice and education. This site is just one way we plan to achieve that. We hope you will find our website not only inspiring but informative and supportive whatever your involvement with personality disorder.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - SELF-HELP MATERIALS - CAMPAIGNS

 

Syrius Project

“Sirius was originally founded in 2003 as a website and forums for people who self-harm. In 2011, in recognition of the fact that many of our members had moved on from self-harm but were still living with other issues, we decided to broaden our focus to mental health in general. At the same time, we chose to make our website a more collaborative project and give it the focus on sharing ideas and resources which our forums have always had.”

 

“We are a recovery-focused website, but we take a flexible view on what recovery looks like and how to get there. We are all about individuals figuring out what works for them and finding their own path, whether this means complete remission of symptoms, learning to manage your condition, building a meaningful life, healing from childhood trauma – or something

Else.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - SELF-HELP MATERIALS - CAMPAIGNS

 

Life signs

“We provide fantastic information about self-injury and while we never tell anyone to ‘stop’, we do support people as and when they choose to make changes in their lives.
 

LifeSIGNS is the user-led small charity creating understanding about self-injury. Founded in 2002, we’re now in our second decade and it’s our continuing mission to guide people who hurt themselves towards new ways of coping, when they’re ready for the journey.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY

 

Psychosis

 

Soteria Network

“We are a network of people in the UK promoting the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic environments for people experiencing 'psychosis' or extreme states. We are part of an international movement of service users, survivors, activists, carers and professionals fighting for more humane, non-coercive mental health services.
People who hear voices, have visions or experience reality in different ways to those around them — and become overwhelmed by their experiences — are often referred to as experiencing 'psychosis'. We believe that people can and do recover from difficulties which tend to be categorised under the term psychosis. This recovery can be with, without and sometimes despite psychiatric intervention.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - PEER SUPPORT - CAMPAIGNS - RESIDENTIAL THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT


 

Hearing Voices Network

“Following a national conference held in London in 1990, the Independent on Sunday newspaper published a prominent article on the topic which generated a lot of correspondence. As a result we decided to establish a network of voice hearers and individuals who were interested in the experience of hearing voices.

In 1989 the Manchester group organised a speaking tour in the north of England for Marius Romme and his colleagues Sondra Escher and Anse Graf. The meetings were well attended by people who hear voices, their relatives, friends and carers and interested mental health professional’s.

Since this time the work of the Network has been well reported in publications such as Open Mind, journals, local and national newspapers and the broadcasting media.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - PEER SUPPORT NETWORK - CAMPAIGNS

 

National Paranoia Network

“We run a support group at the Limbrick Centre, Limbrick Road Sheffield S6 2PE every Monday 10.30-11.30 it is self referral and is run by people who have lived experience of paranoia and hearing voices.

We set up and co-ordinate conferences around topics such as paranoia, hearing voices, trauma and working with the consequences of child sexual abuse. We run external and in-house training around paranoia, hearing voices, trauma and setting up support groups. We are currently about to start running a joint project with Mind in Camden London to establish 22 paranoia support groups in London.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - PEER SUPPORT NETWORK - CAMPAIGNS

 

Intervoice

“Intervoice (International Hearing Voices Projects) is a charity, registered in the UK, that aims to support the International Hearing Voices Movement by connecting people, sharing ideas, distributing information, highlighting innovative initiatives, encouraging high quality respectful research and promoting its values across the world.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - PEER SUPPORT NETWORK - CAMPAIGNS

 

Working to Recovery

“The Working to Recovery Team work right across the age spectrum from the young to older people, spanning the service provision of mental health, from psychosis, addictions, self harm and sexual abuse.  We have a special and unique interest in the design of mental health services, particularly those services working with people who experience psychosis.  This also involves cutting edge training on understanding 'hearing voices', 'psychosis' and 'sexual abuse'.”

INFORMATION - TRAINING - CAMPAIGNS

 

Bipolar

 

Bipolar UK

“We're the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. Each year we reach out to and support over 80,000 individuals through our range of services.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - SELF-HELP RESOURCES - CAMPAIGNS

 

Equilibrium - The Bipolar Foundation

“We are an independent, international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to improving life for people with bipolar disorders by:
- Promoting earlier diagnosis and evidence-based treatment
- Encouraging clinical excellence through public and professional education
- Fighting the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness
- Supporting research into the causes of bipolar disorder and safe, effective treatments”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - SELF-HELP RESOURCES - CAMPAIGNS

 

Bipolar Scotland

“We provide information, support and advice for people affected by bipolar disorder / manic depression and those who care for them. We also promote self-help throughout Scotland, and inform and educate about the condition.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - SELF-HELP RESOURCES - CAMPAIGNS


 

Eating Disorders

 

BEAT

“Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. Beat’s vision is that eating disorders will be overcome. We provide information and support through Helplines which people can call, text or email; online support including information, message boards and online support groups; and Helpfinder, an online directory of support services”.

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - SELF-HELP RESOURCES - CAMPAIGNS

 

Eating Disorder Support

“Eating Disorders Support is an organisation providing help and support to anyone affected by an eating problem such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. It also provides help for those who are caring for or supporting someone with an eating disorder.

Eating Disorders Support is a registered charity staffed and run entirely by trained volunteers, experienced in supporting individuals who have problems associated with eating. Support is provided via a confidential phone helpline, email support, or self-help group meetings held in Buckinghamshire.”

HELPLINE - INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - SELF-HELP RESOURCES -  CARER SUPPORT

 

MGEDT - Men Get Eating Disorders Too!

“‘Men Get Eating Disorders Too’ is a charitable organisation that seeks to raise awareness of eating disorders in men and to support sufferers, carers and their families. Typically eating disorders are perceived to be conditions that affect only women – this is far from the case. Between 10 and 25 per cent of those people experiencing eating disorders are male. We know that the majority of men who have eating disorders struggle to get access to appropriate support and treatment. Therefore it is difficult to know how many men are actually affected by the conditions.

Eating disorders are a much under-represented issue. Our work aims to get men and eating disorders on the agenda by campaigning and raising awareness.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - SELF-HELP RESOURCES - CAMPAIGNS


 

Addictions

 

GamCare

“GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. We operate the National Gambling Helpline, provide treatment for problem gamblers and their families, create awareness about responsible gambling and treatment, and encourage an effective approach to responsible gambling within the gambling industry”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - CARER SUPPORT - CAMPAIGNS - FREE COUNSELLING

 

Alcohol Concern

“We are a small independent charity that is committed to reducing harm from alcohol-related problems. We work throughout England and Wales to help people understand the dangers of drinking too much and to fight for varied and effective treatment services for the people who need it. Our small team works incredibly hard to help reduce alcohol-related harm in communities nationwide. We also campaign at a national level to try and make a difference to the lives of people who have been affected by alcohol..”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - CAMPAIGNS

 

Addaction

“Addaction helps people change their behaviour to become the very best that they can be. It could be their drug or alcohol use or worries about their mental health – we support people to making lasting change in their lives.

You can find us all over the UK – at 120 services from Cornwall to Scotland – helping adults, young people, families and communities to change for the better. We are one of the UK’s leading and largest specialist drug, alcohol and mental health treatment charities. We believe that effective treatment needs to be tailored to the individual. Each person needs committed and caring support as they move forward step by step.”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - CARER SUPPORT - CAMPAIGNS - TREATMENT CENTRES

 

Frank

“Friendly confidential drugs advice”

INFORMATION - ONLINE COMMUNITY - CAMPAIGNS - SUPPORT

 

Action on Addiction

“Our internationally renowned treatment centres – including Clouds House in Wiltshire, and Hope House in London – have brought help, hope and freedom to thousands of people affected by addiction for over 30 years.  We help both those living with addiction, and those living with people who suffer problems of addiction, and offer specialist help and advice to family members.  Our SHARP (Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programme) helps people engage with mutual aid groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.”

INFORMATION - TREATMENT CENTRES - CARER SUPPORT

 

Lifeline Project

“‘We work with individuals, families and communities both to prevent and reduce harm, to promote recovery, and to challenge the inequalities linked to alcohol and drug misuse’. Lifeline currently provides a diverse range of services including recovery and peer mentoring, harm minimization, day programmes, prescribing and shared care, community detoxification services, criminal justice and prison initiatives, family work and services for young people.”

PEER MENTORING - INFORMATION - COMMUNITY INITIATIVES - CAMPAIGNS

 

Adfam

“Adfam is the national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs and alcohol.
Our vision - We want anyone affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use to have the chance to benefit from healthy relationships, be part of a loving and supportive family and enjoy mental and physical wellbeing.
Our mission - Drug and alcohol use can threaten and ultimately destroy family relationships and wellbeing. We empower family members and carers, support frontline workers and influence decision-makers to stop this happening.”

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - RESOURCES

 

Domestic Violence

 

Refuge

Refuge supports 3,700 women and children on any given day through a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services. Click here to find out more about our services.”

INFORMATION - COMMUNITY INITIATIVES - CAMPAIGNS - EMERGENCY SUPPORT - ADVOCACY - +MORE

 

Women’s Aid

“We provide expert training, qualifications and consultancy to a range of agencies. This includes professionals working with survivors or those commissioning domestic abuse services. Our campaigns achieve change in policy, practice and awareness, encouraging healthy relationship and helping to build a future where domestic abuse is no longer tolerated.


The 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (run in partnership with Refuge) and our range of online services, which include the Survivors’ Forum and The Hideout, help hundreds of thousands of women and children every year.”

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - HELPLINE - ADVOCACY

 

Respect

“Respect’s sole focus from 2000 until 2007, was perpetrators of domestic violence. We have since diversified, but perpetrators remain a key strand of our work. In 2004 we launched the Respect Phoneline which has helped thousands of people, male and female, by phone and email over the last decade. The Respect Phoneline is also available for frontline workers, call freephone 0808 802 4040 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm or visit www.respectphoneline.org.uk . We have developed standards and accreditation and provide training and support to improve responses to adult’s using violence and abuse in intimate relationships.”

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - HELPLINE - SUPPORT FOR PROFESSIONALS

 

Bereavement

 

Cruse

“Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. We have a Freephone national helpline and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people. Our services are provided by our network of 5,000 trained volunteers and are confidential and free. Cruse also provides training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work.”

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - HELPLINE - LOW COST/FREE COUNSELLING - ONLINE SUPPORT

 

Marie Curie

We provide care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. We’ve been carrying out this vital work for over 65 years – last year alone we cared for over 40,000 people across the UK.

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - ONLINE SUPPORT

 

Survivors of Childhood-sexual abuse

 

The Survivor’s Trust

“To support and empower survivors of rape, sexual violence and/or childhood sexual abuse through
- Providing a collective voice and peer networking for members;
- Raising awareness about sexual abuse and/or rape and its effects on survivors, their supporters and society at large
Informing acknowledgement of, and effective responses to, rape and sexual abuse on a local, regional and national level”

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - PEER NETWORK

 

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

“- Providing a range of services which offer direct support to survivors
- Ensuring that survivors know where they can go for help
- Spreading best practice in the support of survivors among those who they may approach for help
- Working with others to increase the provision and effectiveness of support for survivors
- Standing up for survivors and representing their interests among those who are in a position to help improve their lives”

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - LOCAL SUPPORT - ONLINE SUPPORT

 

Survivors UK

“We provide a national helpline and both individual counselling and group therapy from our base in Shadwell, London, E1. The counselling and groups are for adult men (18 and over) who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives and we also offer workshops for carers/partners/supporters of male survivors. We provide training to professionals and organisations working with adult male survivors.”

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - HELPLINE - LOW COST/FREE COUNSELLING - ONLINE SUPPORT

 

General Mental-Health and Well-being

 

Mind

“We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect”.

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - HELPLINE - LOW COST/FREE COUNSELLING - ONLINE SUPPORT - SELF-HELP RESOURCES

 

Mind regional branches

Mind Branch

Website

Contact

Email contact

Aberconwy Mind

www.aberconwymind.co.uk

 

info@aberconwymind.org.uk

Andover Mind

www.andovermind.org.uk/

Iris

mind@andovermind.org.uk

Basildon Mind

basmind.org

Patricia

info@basmind.org

Bassetlaw Mind

www.bassetlawmind.org.uk

-

hello@bassetlawmind.org.uk

Bath Mind

www.bathmind.org.uk

Christopher

admin@bathmind.org.uk

Birmingham Mind

www.birminghammind.org

Jane and Rachel

info@birminghammind.org

Brent Mind

www.brentmind.org.uk

-

info@brentmind.org.uk

Brentwood Mind

www.brentwoodmind.org.uk/

-

enquiries@brentwoodmind.org.uk

Bristol Mind

www.bristolmind.org.uk

-

officecoordinator@bristolmind.org.uk

Bromley and Lewisham Mind

www.blmind.org.uk

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email@blmind.org.uk

Buckinghamshire Mind

www.bucksmind.org.uk

Daphne

info@bucksmind.org.uk

Burton and District Mind

www.burtonmind.co.uk

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info@burtonmind.co.uk

Caerphilly Borough Mind

www.caerphillymind.co.uk/

-

info.cbmind@yahoo.co.uk

Cardiff Mind

www.cardiffmind.org

Gill

admin@cardiffmind.org

Carlisle Eden Mind

www.cemind.org

 

enquiries@cemind.org

Carmarthen Mind

01267 222990

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carmsmind132@aol.com

Carrick Mind

www.carrickmind.org.uk

Ruth

enquiries@carrickmind.org.uk

Central Nottinghamshire Mind

www.centralnottsmind.org

Girish

enquiries@centralnottsmind.org

Chester-le-Street and Durham City Mind

www.clsmind.co.uk

Helen

clsmind@btconnect.com

City and Hackney Mind

www.cityandhackneymind.org.uk

Sayrah

services@cityandhackneymind.org.uk

Coastal West Sussex Mind

www.coastalwestsussexmind.org

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info@coastalwestsussexmind.org

Colchester Mind

www.colchestermind.org

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enquiries@colchestermind.org

Corby Mind

www.corbymind.btik.com

Anne

corbymind@yahoo.co.uk

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

www.cwmind.org.uk/

-

admin@cwmind.org.uk

Craven Mind

www.cravenmind.org.uk

-

admin@cravenmind.org.uk

Darlington Mind

www.darlingtonmind.com

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contactus@darlingtonmind.com

Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Mind

www.dgsmind.co.uk

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admin@dgsmind.co.uk

Derbyshire Mind

www.derbyshiremind.org.uk

Sinead

enquiries@derbyshiremind.org.uk

Derwentside Mind

www.derwentsidemind.co.uk

 

helpdesk@derwentsidemind.co.uk

Doncaster Mind

www.doncastermind.org.uk

Jackie

office@doncastermind.org.uk

Dorset Mind

www.dorsetmind.org.uk

Jackie

contact@dorsetmind.org.uk

Dudley Mind

www.dudley-mind.org.uk

-

enquiries@dudley-mind.org.uk

Fareham and Gosport Mind

www.farehamandgosportmind.org.uk/

Caroline

carolinemind@msn.com

Flintshire Mind

www.flintshiremind.org.uk

Andrea

enquiries@flintshiremind.org.uk

Folkestone and District Mind

www.folkestonemind.org.uk

-

contact@folkestonemind.org.uk

Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind

www.gywmind.org.uk/

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reception@gywmind.org.uk

Greenwich Mind

www.greenwichmind.co.uk

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info@greenwichmind.co.uk

Guernsey Mind

www.guernseymind.org.gg

-

info@guernseymind.org.gg

Hammersmith and Fulham Mind

www.hfmind.org.uk/

Isatu

enquiries@hfmind.org.uk

Hartlepool Mind

www.hartlepoolmind.co.uk

Catherine

info@hartlepoolmind.co.uk

Havant and East Hants Mind

www.easthantsmind.org

Julie

info.havantmind@tesco.net

Havering Mind

www.haveringmind.org.uk

-

www.haveringmind.org.uk

Herefordshire Mind

www.herefordshire-mind.org.uk

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info@herefordshire-mind.org.uk

Herts Mind Network

www.hertsmindnetwork.org

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info@hertsmindnetwork.org

Hillingdon Mind

www.hillingdonmind.org.uk

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mind@hillingdonmind.org.uk

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

www.mindhey.co.uk

-

info@mindhey.co.uk

Islington Mind

www.islingtonmind.org.uk

Peter

admin@islingtonmind.org.uk

Kensington & Chelsea Mind

www.kcmind.org.uk;

 

enquiries@kcmind.org.uk;

Kettering Mind

www.ketteringmind.org.uk;

 

info@ketteringmind.org.uk;

Lambeth & Southwark Mind

lambethandsouthwarkmind.org.uk/contact-us/;

 

informationservice@lambethandsouthwarkmind.org.uk;

Lancashire Mind

www.lancashiremind.org.uk;

Stewart Lucas

admin@lancashiremind.org.uk;

Leeds Mind

www.leedsmind.org.uk/;

 

leeds.mind@leedsmind.org.uk;

Llanelli Mind

www.llanelli-mind.org.uk/;

Wendy King

llanellimind@tiscali.co.uk;

Macclesfield Mind

01625 500 644

Jayne Phillips

jayne.maccmind@btinternet.com;

Maidstone Mind

www.maidstonemind.org;

Jennifer Walsh

mindhelp@maidstonemind.org;

Maldon (Essex) Mind

www.mid-essex-mind.org.uk/services/;

 

admin@maldon-essex-mind.org.uk;

Manchester Mind

www.manchestermind.org;

 

info@manchestermind.org

Merthyr & The Valleys Mind (Info & advice Centre)

www.matvmind.org.uk;

 

info@matvmind.org.uk;

Merthyr & The Valleys (Merthyr Tydfil Centre)

www.matvmind.org.uk;

 

info@matvmind.org.uk;

Mid Powys Mind

www.midpowysmind.org.uk/;

April Cullen

info@midpowysmind.org.uk;

Mid Staffs Mind

www.midstaffsmind.co.uk;

Andrew Fox

midstaffsmind@gmail.com;

Mid Cheshire Mind

www.midcheshiremind.org.uk;

Beryl Houghton

Office@midcheshiremind.org.uk;

Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind

www.middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk/;

 

info@middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk;

Mind Aberystwyth

01970 626225

Fiona Aldred

info@mindaberystwyth.org;

Mind BLMK

www.mind-blmk.org.uk;

 

hq@mind-blmk.org.uk;

Mind BLMK (Biggleswade Group)

www.mind-blmk.org.uk;

 

biggleswade@mind-blmk.org.uk;

Mind BLMK (Ampthill Group)

www.mind-blmk.org.uk;

 

ampthill@mind-blmk.org.uk;

Mind BLMK (Bedford Wellbeing Centre)

www.mind-blmk.org.uk;

 

bwc@mind-blmk.org.uk;

Mind BLMK (Dunstable Group)

www.mind-blmk.org.uk;

 

01582 709 226

Mind BLMK (Leighton Buzzard Wellbeing Centre)

www.mind-blmk.org.uk;

 

lbwc@mind-blmk.org.uk

Mind BLMK (Luton Wellbeing Centre)

www.mind-blmk.org.uk;

 

lwc@mind-blmk.org.uk;

Mind BLMK (Milton Keynes Wellbeing Centre)

www.mind-blmk.org.uk;

 

miltonkeynes@mind-blmk.org.uk;

Mind Halton: Runcorn Services

www.mindhalton.org.uk;

 

info@mindhalton.org.uk;

Mind Halton: Widnes Services

www.mindhalton.org.uk;

Nic Lunt

nic@mindhalton.org.uk;

Mind in Barnet

www.mindinbarnet.org.uk;

 

admin@mindinbarnet.org.uk

Mind in Bexley

www.mindinbexley.org.uk;

 

info@mindinbexley.org.uk;

Mind in Bradford

www.mindinbradford.org.uk;

 

admin@mindinbradford.org.uk;

Mind in Brighton & Hove

www.mindcharity.co.uk;

 

info@mindcharity.co.uk;

Mind in Cambridgeshire (Cambridge Office)

www.mindincambs.org.uk/;

 

enquiries@mindincambs.org.uk;

Mind in Cambridgeshire (St Neot’s Office)

www.mindincambs.org.uk/;

 

enquiries@mindincambs.org.uk;

Mind in Camden

www.mindincamden.org.uk;

 

admin@mindincamden.org.uk;

Mind in Croydon

www.mindincroydon.org.uk

 

admin@mindincroydon.org.uk;

Mind in Ealing & Hounslow

www.mind-eh.org.uk;

 

info@mind-eh.org.uk;

Mind in Enfield

www.mind-in-enfield.org.uk;

Ben Jabuni

ben.jabuni@mind-in-enfield.org.uk;

Mind in Exeter & East Devon

www.mindex.org.uk;

 

central@mindex.org.uk;

Mind in Furness

www.mindinfurness.org.uk;

Karen Dobson

schoolstreet@mindinfurness.org.uk;

Mind in Haringey

www.mindinharingey.org.uk/;

Anita Hudson

admin@mih.org.uk;

Mind in Harrogate District

www.mindinharrogate.org.uk;

Val Longley

office@mindinharrogate.org.uk;

Mind in Harrow

www.mindinharrow.org.uk;

Mark Gillham

info@mindinharrow.org.uk;

Mind in Kingston

www.mindinkingston.org.uk;

 

info@mindinkingston.org.uk;

Mind in Mid Herts

www.mindinmidherts.org.uk/;

 

admin@mindinmidherts.org.uk;

Mind in Mid Herts (Hertford Office)

www.mindinmidherts.org.uk;

Christopher Bland

christopher@mindinmidherts.org.uk;

Mind in Salford

www.mindinsalford.org.uk;

 

advocacy@mindinsalford.org.uk;

Mind in Sedgemoor

www.mindinsedgemoor.org.uk/;

 

mindinsedgemoor@hotmail.co.uk;

Mind in Taunton & West Somerset

www.mindtws.org.uk;

Andrew Pritchard

andrewpritchard@mindtws.org.uk;

Mind in the Vale of Glamorgan

www.mindinthevale.org.uk;

 

admin@mindinthevale.org.uk;

Mind in Tower Hamlets & Newham

www.mithn.org.uk;

Juno Boyce

info@mithn.org.uk;

Mind in West Cumbria

www.mindinwestcumbria.org.uk

Nic Lynch

admin@mindinwestcumbria.org.uk;

Mind in West Essex (Great Dunmow Office)

www.mindinwestessex.org.uk;

Alison Wilson

admin@mindinwestessex.org.uk;

Mind in West Essex (Harlow Office)

www.mindinwestessex.org.uk;

Alison Wilson

admin@mindinwestessex.org.uk;

Mind Jersey

www.mindjersey.org/;

 

admin@mindjersey.org;

Mind Monmouthshire

www.mindmonmouthshire.org.uk/;

Vivian Jones

info@mindmonmouthshire.org.uk;

Mind Restormel Association for Mental Health

www.restormelmind.org.uk;

 

info@restormelmind.org.uk;

Neath Port Talbot Mind

www.nptmind.org.uk;

Sharon Richards

neathmind@btconnect.com;

Newark Mind

www.newarkmind.co.uk;

Kerry Smith or Nicola Roberts

office.newarkmind@virgin.net;

Newport Mind

www.newportmind.org;

 

admin@newportmind.org;

Newton Aycliffe Mind

01325 300121

Muriel Gordon

aycliffemind@googlemail.com;

North Staffordshire Mind

www.nsmind.org.uk/;

 

reception@nsmind.org.uk;

Northampton & District Mind

01604 634310

Karen Buckby

mindadmin@btconnect.com;

Norwich Mind

www.norwichmind.org.uk;

 

headoffice@norwichmind.org.uk;

Oundle Rural Mind

01832 275020

Pat Cox

oundleruralmind@btconnect.com;

Oxfordshire Mind

www.oxfordshire-mind.org.uk;

Laura Epton

info@oxfordshire-mind.org.uk;

Pembrokeshire Mind Sir Benfro

www.pembrokeshiremind.org.uk;

Emma Ward

hello@mindpembrokeshire.org.uk;

Peterborough & Fenland Mind

pfmind.org.uk/;

Emily Gray

general@pfmind.org.uk;

Plymouth & DIstrict Mind

www.plymouthmind.com;

 

info@plymouthmind.org.uk;

Redcar & Cleveland Mind

www.randcmind.org;

Sam Picknett

main@randcmind.org;

Richmond Borough Mind

www.rbmind.org;

 

info@rbmind.org;

Rochdale & District Mind

www.rochdalemind.org.uk;

 

info@rochdalemind.org.uk;

Rotherham & Barnsley Mind - (Barnsley Office)

www.rbmind.co.uk;

 

contactus@rbmind.co.uk;

Rotherham & Barnsley Mind (Rotherham Office)

www.rbmind.co.uk;

 

contactus@rbmind.co.uk;

Rushden Mind

www.rushdenmind.com;

 

office@rushdenmind.org.uk;

Scarborough, Whitby & Ryedale Mind

www.swrmind.org.uk;

 

info@swrmind.org.uk;

Scunthorpe & District Mind

www.sdmind.org.uk/;

 

info@sdmind.org.uk;

Sheffield Mind

www.sheffieldmind.co.uk;

 

info@sheffieldmind.co.uk;

Shropshire Mind

www.shropshiremind.org;

 

admin@shropshiremind.org;

Solent Mind

www.solentmind.org.uk;

 

info@solentmind.org.uk;

Solihull Mind

www.solihullmind.org.uk;

Nick Woodman

contact@solihullmind.org.uk

South East & Central Essex Mind

www.SEandCEssexMind.org.uk;

 

office@SEandCEssexMind.org.uk;

South Lakeland Mind

www.southlakelandmind.org.uk;

 

enquiries@southlakelandmind.org.uk;

South Somerset Mind

www.southsomersetmind.co.uk;

Doreen Smith

info@southsomersetmind.co.uk;

Springfield Mind Leamington Spa

springfieldmind.org.uk/;

 

enquiries@springfieldmind.org.uk;

Springfield Mind Ltd

www.springfieldmind.org.uk;

 

enquiries@springfieldmind.org.uk

St Helen’s Mind

www.sthelensmind.org.uk;

Jean Garlick

sthelmind@yahoo.com;

Stockport & District Mind

www.stockportmind.org.uk/;

Les Crabb

info@stockportmind.org.uk;

Suffolk Mind

www.suffolkmind.org.uk;

 

info@suffolkmind.org.uk;

Sunderland Mind

www.sunderlandmind.co.uk;

 

sunderlandmind@yahoo.co.uk;

Swansea Mind

www.swanseamind.org.uk;

Emma James

admin@swanseamind.org.uk;

Swindon & District Mind

www.swindonmind.org;

Kathleen Aitken

swindonmind@btconnect.com;

Tameside Oldham & Glossop Mind: Ashton under Lyme & Glossop Services

www.togmind.org/;

Claire Shuttleworth

office@togmind.org;

Tameside Oldham & Glossop Mind: Oldham Services

www.togmind.org;

Judith McGrath

office@togmind.org;

Telford Mind Wellbeing Centre

www.telford-mind.co.uk;

Chris Burrows

talk2@telford-mind.co.uk;

Thurrock Mind

www.thurrockmind.org.uk;

Jo Meleady

reception@thurrockmind.org.uk;

Torfaen Mind

www.torfaenmind.co.uk;

Bernie Davies

bernie.davies@torfaenmind.co.uk;

Tyneside Mind

www.tynesidemind.org.uk/;

Susan Storey

admin@tynesidemind.org.uk;

Ulverston Mind

www.ulverstonmind.org.uk;

 

advice@ulverstonmind.org.uk

Vale of Clwyd

www.valeofclwydmind.org.uk;

Geoff Lees

enquiries@valeofclwydmind.org.uk;

Wandsworth & Westminster Mind

www.wwmind.org.uk/;

Jeremy Walker

director@wandsworth-mind.co.uk;

Washington Mind

www.washingtonmind.org.uk;

 

info@washingtonmind.org.uk;

Wellingborough Mind

www.wellingboroughmind.org.uk;

 

admin@wellingboroughmind.org.uk;

West Kent Mind

westkentmind.org.uk;

 

hello@westkentmind.org.uk;

West Norfolk Mind

www.westnorfolk-mind.org.uk;

Eddie West-Burnham

headoffice@westnorfolkmind.org.uk;

Wiltshire Mind

www.wiltshiremind.co.uk;

 

info@wiltshiremind.co.uk;

Wirral Mind

www.wirralmind.org.uk/;

 

admin@wirralmind.org.uk;

Woking Mind

www.wokingmind.org.uk;

Carlton Spears

carlton@wokingmind.org.uk;

Wycombe Mind

wycombemind.org.uk;

Julia Wassell

enquiries@wycombemind.org.uk;

Ynys Mon & Gwynedd Mind

www.ynysmonmind.co.uk/;

Claire Bailey

info@monagwyneddmind.co.uk;

York Mind

www.yorkmind.org.uk/;

 

office@yorkmind.org.uk;

Ystradgynlais Mind

www.minditv.org.uk;

 

info@minditv.org.uk;

       

 

 

Nightline Association

“Nightlines offer listening support to students. Nightline volunteers cover the phones throughout the night, when other specialist university welfare services are closed and allow university students to talk about whatever’s on their mind”

HELPLINE - ONLINE SUPPORT

 

Together (for Mental Health & Wellbeing)

“We offer a wide variety of support to help people deal with the personal and practical impacts of mental health issues. The services we can provide range from one-to-one support in the community to supported accommodation and making sure people understand and are able to express their needs in their dealings with official bodies”.

INFORMATION - COMMUNITY SUPPORT - PRACTICAL ADVICE - ONLINE SUPPORT - SELF-HELP RESOURCES

 

Rethink (Mental Illness)

“We have over 200 mental health services and 150 support groups across England. From psychological therapies and Crisis and Recovery Houses to peer support groups and housing services, we directly help thousands of people every year across England”.

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - HELPLINE - LOW COST/FREE COUNSELLING - ONLINE SUPPORT - SELF-HELP RESOURCES

 

Education Support Partnership

“Education Support Partnership is the new name for the joined forces of Teacher Support Network, Recourse and Worklife Support. We believe everyone working in education deserves to feel at their best so we’re dedicated to helping organisations and their staff to boost health, happiness and wellbeing through individual support and great management”.

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - SELF-HELP RESOURCES

 

Mental Healthy

“Welcome to the home of mental health information, guides, features, experts, news and community. We have an array of expert guides on mental illness including; anxiety, depression, eating disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia and dissociative disorders. We have sections on brain disorders, learning and cognitive issues, and other mental health problems. We also have areas that focus on proactive mental health and wellbeing, such as fitness, food, relaxation and sleep. While our real-life sections with stories and blogs give us true insight into what it is really like living with mental illness and inspiring true tales of how individuals find their way back to good mental health. We believe our news section to be the most comprehensive mental health news feed available in the UK and it covers articles as diverse as 'celebrities', real-life, body image and media, through to heavier psychological breakthroughs, research and news; we have our finger on the pulse of mental wellbeing. Published by the people who brought you Uncovered Magazine, the first mental health magazine on the UK newsstand. Updated daily.”

INFORMATION - MENTAL HEALTH NEWS - THERAPIST DIRECTORY - ONLINE SUPPORT - SELF-HELP RESOURCES

 

Healthtalk.org

“healthtalk.org provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people's real-life experiences. You can watch people sharing their stories about cancer, autism, motor-neurone disease, pregnancy, drugs, depression and much more.”
FORUMS - PEER SUPPORT - SELF-HELP RESOURCES - PERSONAL STORIES

 

Men and Mental Health

 

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

“CALM, is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. In 2014, male suicide accounts for 76% of all suicides and is the single biggest cause of death in men under 45 in the UK. We seek to prevent male suicide by:-
- Offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via our helpline and website.
- Challenging a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it, see www.yearofthemale.com
- Pushing for changes in policy and practice so that suicide is better prevented…”

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - ONLINE SUPPORT - SELF-HELP RESOURCES

 

ManKind

“The ManKind Initiative was the first charity in the UK to support male victims of domestic abuse (registered in 2001). For over 15 years we have been at the forefront of providing services and support for male victims and campaigning to ensure that male victims receive the support they need from other organisations.

 

We provide a range of services directly to men such as a anonymous national helpline that any man, anywhere can call us. We also support others to provide services for men so we run a one day training course, a national conference and a directory of services.”

INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - ONLINE RESOURCES

 

Beatstress UK at Men’s Health Forum

“The beatstress.uk service offers online support for men of all ages.  The beatstress.uk service is about tackling the niggling hassles, frustrations and angers we all feel before it becomes something more serious.  Beatstress.uk is free, confidential and anonymous.

The webchat is open on Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm with the email service available 24 hours a day offering a 48 hour turnaround. It is staffed by experienced professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds including the NHS and all with expertise in supporting people with their mental health and wellbeing. They really have heard it all before.”

LIVE MESSENGER CHAT SUPPORT - ONLINE EMAIL SUPPORT - SELF-HELP RESOURCES

 

Respect

“Respect’s sole focus from 2000 until 2007, was perpetrators of domestic violence. We have since diversified, but perpetrators remain a key strand of our work. In 2004 we launched the Respect Phoneline which has helped thousands of people, male and female, by phone and email over the last decade. The Respect Phoneline is also available for frontline workers, call freephone 0808 802 4040 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm or visit www.respectphoneline.org.uk.”

HELPLINE - INFORMATION - CAMPAIGNS - ONLINE RESOURCES

 

Crisis Support

 

Saneline

“If you feel you are in crisis, you might like to know about some options for help and support in addition to the free help available from SANE.  Ring SANEline, a specialist mental health helpline - 0300 304 7000 between 6pm and 11pm each evening.”

HELPLINE - TEXT CARE - SUPPORT FORUM

 

Samaritans

24 hour confidential telephone support. “We’re there for people when they need us, which could be any time of day or night. People talk to us for as long as they like, as many times as they like. We don't rush, interrupt or push anyone out of the door. We let people lead the conversation at their own pace. There's no waiting lists, and no assessments.”

HELPLINE - EMAIL SUPPORT
 

NHS and UK government services

 

Citizen’s Advice Bureau

“We aim to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people's lives. We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination”.

INFORMATION - ONLINE RESOURCES - HELPLINE


 

Self-help materials

 

The Counselling Directory

“Counselling Directory was set up by a team who know how difficult it can be to find the support and information you need. Being a team who between us have experienced various mental health issues, we know how it feels to be overwhelmed, isolated and somewhat lost.Through our own experiences, we have learnt how important having relevant information is and how the right support can help transform lives.Our journey inspired us to share what we have learnt along the way with others. Our team is passionate about counselling and we want to promote the huge benefits talking therapy can have. We know how important it is to find the right counsellor for you and we are dedicated to making that process as simple as possible. We launched Counselling Directory in 2005 and continue to work closely with counsellors, psychotherapists and our visitors, to ensure we provide you with the very best service. We have over 10,000 qualified counsellors listed with us, so we are sure the right person is waiting to hear from you”.

PsychCentral

“Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network. Since 1995, our award-winning website has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 250 support groups to consumers. We are today’s modern voice for mental health information, emotional support and advocacy. With the broadest online reach and recognition of any mental health network today, we touch the lives of over 7 million people around the world every month. We’re also proud to represent the interests of our membership of over 450,000 people whose lives have been touched by a mental health concern”. 

 

Get Self Help

“This website provides CBT self help and therapy resources, including worksheets and information sheets and self help mp3s.”

 

Blogs and Vlogs

 

Clare Rose Foster  - “Notes from Depression Island” Blog

“I have over eight years of experience in providing online support for a range of issues including

mental health, wellbeing and resilience, relationships, and sexual health. I’m a confident writer and editor, particularly for online audiences and young people. I’m experienced in facilitating peer support and managing support communities.I have developed on and offline training in communication and listening online, emotional support, overcoming barriers, self care and offering appropriate signposting to users in distress”.

 

Claire Greaves -  “Mental Illness Talk” Blog

“ I have suffered from mental ill health for many years. Through this blog I hope to raise awareness and understanding to the general public and therefore reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. I hope through my passion for writing and my experiences that I can help other sufferers to feel less alone”.

 

Laura LeJeune - Vlogger

Laura’s been vlogging on YouTube for five years, picking up over 90,000 subscribers along the way.

She’s helped support a huge network of people by aiming to be the big (internet) sister she never had, offering insight into topics such as anxiety, depression and agoraphobia. In one video Laura said: ‘The best thing about being a YouTuber is having the chance to actually speak up and have my voice be heard [and] to be able to speak for people who are to afraid to speak out. ‘My main goal is to just raise awareness about mental health. That’s what I’ve always wanted from this channel, to raise awareness and help people. I want people to feel less alone.’

 

Research & News

 

Centre for Mental Health

“Centre for Mental Health is the UK’s leading authority in mental health research. We use research to change people’s lives. Centre for Mental Health seeks to create a society where our mental health is protected and promoted from the first spark of life onwards; where people with mental health problems get the right help quickly; and where a mental illness doesn’t stop a person from enjoying a fair chance in life”.

 

Mental Health Foundation

“Our knowledge, informed by rigorous research and practical based study, has been pioneering change for more than 60 years and we aren't afraid to challenge the status quo or tackle difficult or under researched issues”.

 

Mentalhealth.org.uk

'Our knowledge, informed by rigorous research and practical based study, has been pioneering change for more than 60 years and we aren't afraid to challenge the status quo or tackle difficult or under researched issues.'

INFORMATION - RESEARCH

 

National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Provide guidance for treatment of depression for NHS services - useful source of information on evidence-based therapies for different diagnoses.

INFORMATION - RESEARCH


 

Campaign and Political Action Groups

 

Asylum

“Asylum magazine is a forum for free debate, open to anyone with an interest in psychiatry or mental health. We especially welcome contributions from service users or ex-users (or survivors), carers, and frontline psychiatric or mental health workers (anonymously, if you wish). The magazine is not-for-profit and run by a collective of unpaid volunteers. Asylum Collective is open to anyone who wants to help produce and develop the magazine, working in a spirit of equality.”

 

Critical Psychiatry Network

“The CPN is a network primarily for psychiatrists, psychiatric trainees and medical students with an interest in psychiatry. If you are sympathetic to the ideals of CPN and wish to join the network then please contact us.

We are unable to give clinical advice or provide details of members. We have formal links with the Hearing Voices Network who may be able to suggest local critical psychiatrists. GPs can also now refer out of area if appropriate.”

 

Regional organisations

 

Scotland

 

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

“SAMH is Scotland's leading mental health charity. On these pages you can find out more about our vital work. SAMH works hard every day to ensure that people are talking about mental health and we do this in four ways: Community based services for people with mental health problems, national programmes, policy and campaigning work, raising funds to ensure that our vital work can continue”.

 

Penumbra

“Penumbra is one of Scotland’s largest mental health charities; we support around 1000 adults and young people every week. With around 400 staff across Scotland, we work to promote mental health and wellbeing for all, prevent mental ill health for people who are ‘at risk’ and to support people with mental health problems. We provide a wide range of services which offer hope and practical steps towards recovery, and we campaigns to increase public knowledge about mental health and to influence national and local government policy.”
 

 

Counselling and Psychotherapy Regulatory Bodies

BACP

“BACP’s primary purpose is to support counsellors and help them better serve their clients. Our Association was formed nearly 40 years ago by a group of counsellors who were passionate about the value of counselling and its potential to improve the lives of individuals and communities. This passion and commitment, and the knowledge that counselling changes lives, are still at the heart of everything we do”.

 

UKCP

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. We have over 8,700 individual members, and more than 70 training and accrediting organisations. UKCP is the quality mark for high standards in psychotherapy. We hold the national register of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors, listing those practitioner members who meet exacting standards and training requirements. We also hold a specialist register for psychotherapists qualified to work with children and young people”.

 

The National Counselling Society

We at the National Counselling Society (NCS) were first set up in 1999 by a group of counsellors, psychotherapists, hypnotherapists and psychologists. Since then, we have been acknowledged as having an important role to play in counselling in the UK. We have a cooperation agreement with the Royal Society for Public Health.Our belief is that counselling (and related therapies) should be seen as a vocation (not just a job but a worthy occupation) and that the relationship between counsellor and client is important for the outcome of therapy. We support and promote counselling and counsellors, offering a wide variety of benefits to our members and training organisations. We also play a role in making sure that the best interests of the clients are protected. We know that we have a duty of care to the public”.