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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.
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 above and follow the instructions.
1. Click on the logo above 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.
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 above and follow the instructions.
1. Click on the logo above 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 warning signs of depression as well as tips for managing symptoms.
We have also created additional modules on mindfulness and coping strategies. These include exercises and tools that can be helpful both when you are struggling and to build your resilience and protect your wellbeing.
Depression Symptoms & Warning Signs. Some of the signs of depression to look for and tips for getting the help you need.
Are You Feeling Suicidal? Explains why suicidal thoughts occur and what to do when experiencing them. If you are currently feeling suicidal it is really important to take immediate actions as well as reaching out for help!
Depression Symptoms & Causes. Describes common symptoms of depression, their causes, and where to get help.
- How to get out of a despairing mood
- How to cope with depression
- Meditation for depression
- How to reverse the vicious cycle of depression
- NICE Guidelines. This guideline covers identifying and managing depression in adults aged 18 years and older, in primary and secondary care.
- Depression Management Package. Very extensive self-help guide for depression, provided by getselfhelp.co.uk. We do recommend to work through our resources first.
- Vicious Cycles Of Depression. Describes the vicious cycles of depression and gives tips on how to break them.