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If you would like to access further support or discuss any concerns with a qualified mental health professional, the organisations below provide free self-referral options for various talking therapy and counselling services.
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
IAPT is an NHS programme that was set up in 2008 with the aim of helping people better understand and manage their mental health.
The programme offers a range of talking therapy services, including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). CBT is one of the most commonly used and widely researched therapies for the treatment of anxiety and depression and works by providing practical coping strategies for dealing with different problems.
All therapies available through IAPT are evidence-based and delivered by fully trained and accredited practitioners.
To find your local IAPT service and complete a self-referral form, click on the button below and follow the instructions.
1. Click on the link below to open the NHS IAPT service finder.
2. Enter your postcode in the location search bar.
3. Click ‘search’ – you will be presented with a list of all the IAPT services offering CBT in your local area.
4. Click ‘sort by offers self-referral’ at the top of the page followed by ‘update results’.
5. Browse the information for each service i.e. opening hours, distance from your address etc. by clicking on the name of the service (underlined in red).
6. Once you have chosen a service that feels right for you, click on the link to the right of the service labelled ‘click here to access self-referral form.
7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the self-referral form (the information you are required to give in order to complete the self-referral proces may vary between services).
8. Submit your referral by clicking on the green ‘submit’ button at the bottom of the self-referral form.
Most services will contact you within 48 hours to confirm receipt of your referral and arrange an appointment with a practitioner – this contact will likely be a phonecall which will be displayed on your telephone as a private number.
Local Mind Services
Mind is a mental health charity which provides advice and support to anyone experiencing mental health problems.
They have a network of approximately 125 local Minds across England and Wales offering specialised support and care directly to those who need it most. The types of support available through local Minds varies depending on location but services include: talking therapies, peer support, advocacy, crisis care and more.
The main Mind website also provides emergency advice and urgent coping tools for use in crisis situations. You can access these at anytime by clicking here.
To find your local Mind service and complete a self-referral form, click on the button below and follow the instructions.
1. Click on the link below to open the local Minds service finder.
2. Enter your postcode in the location search bar.
3. Click ‘find’ – you will be presented with a list of all the Mind services in your local area.
4. Click on the local Mind that is nearest to your home address and follow the link to their website.
5. Explore the website for counselling and other support service availabilities (this information can usually be found under a “how can we help?” tab although website layouts do vary between services).
6. Once you have identified the support services that are available to you, follow the on-screen instructions to complete a self-referral for the service that feels right for you – this may involve calling Mind directly, in which case a phone number will be provided, alternatively, you may be required to fill out an online referral form.
7. The information you are required to give in order to complete the self-referral process may vary between services.
For online referrals, most services will contact you within 48 hours to confirm receipt of your referral and arrange an appointment with a wellbeing service worker – this contact will likely be a phonecall which may be displayed on your telephone as a private number.
Below are some links to helpful articles and videos that provide more information on the theories and types of anxiety as well as tips for managing symptoms.
- About Anxiety. Explains anxiety and panic attacks, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Overview of GAD, a long-term condition that causes feelings of anxiousness about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than 1 specific event.
- Types Of Anxiety. A good summary of different types of anxiety and how to get help.
- Corona Anxiety Support & Resources. Easy access to a range of information, resources and support to understand how to deal with anxiety during these difficult times while Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting on our lives.
- Mental Health Foundation. Short list of a range of approaches for treatment and management of anxiety disorders.
- Therapy for Anxiety Disorders. Explains different types of therapy that exist for anxiety and how to make it work for you.