Mental Health Charities and Organizations for Anxiety & Panic Attacks


Mental Health Charities and Organizations for Anxiety & Panic Attacks


Below is a list of mental health charities and organizations which panic attack and anxiety sufferers may find useful.  If you feel you may need professional help I would urge you to speak to your GP first, who may even refer to one of these organizations.  In my experience GP’s do not have the time or resources to fully walk you through the process of overcoming anxiety.  The below list of mental health charities (I have included charities that specialize in depression as anxiety and depression are often linked,) specialize in helping people with mental health conditions.  They often have the resources and expertise to help and support sufferers through the long road of recovery.

Ultimately my program of recovery will give you all the information you need to get better.  However if you feel you need that extra help please do not hesitate to contact one of the charitable organizations below.  I personally recommend, they were very helpful to me during my recovery from anxiety and panic attacks.

Anxiety Care
Helpline: 020 8478 3400
Cardinal Heenan Centre, 326 High Road, Ilford, Essex, 1G1 1QP
Provides helpline and support to those suffering from anxiety.

Anxiety UK
Tel: 08444 775 774
Zion Community Resource Centre,
339 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 4ZY
Provides information and support to people suffering from anxiety disorders.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Tel: 01455 883 316
BACP House, 15 St John's Business Park, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4HB
Offers an information service providing contacts for counselling in England and Wales.

The British Psychological Society
tel. 0116 254 9568
Produces a directory of chartered psychologists.

The Complementary Medical Association (CMA)
tel: 0845 129 8434
Has a register of professional practitioners and training courses.

CRUSE Bereavement Line
Tel: 0844 477 9400
Cruse Bereavement Care, PO Box 800, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2RG
Help line for bereaved people and those caring for bereaved people.

The Institute for Complementary Medicine (ICM)
tel. 020 7922 7980
Has a register of professional, competent practitioners,

Mental Health Matters
Tel: 0191 516 3500
Avalon House, St Catherines Court, Sunderland Enterprise Park, Sunderland, SR5 3XJ
A national organisation which provides support and information on employment, housing, community support and psychological services.

Mind Infoline
Tel: 0300 123 3393
15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 4BC
Provides information on a range of topics including types of mental distress, where to get help, drug and alternative treatments and advocacy. Also provides details of help and support for people in their own area. Helpline available Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Information about the therapy, classes in Mindfulness and training.

National Debt Line
Tel: 0808 808 4000
Tricorn House, 51- 53 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 8TP.
Help for anyone in debt or concerned they may fall into debt.

NHS Choices — Your health, your choices
Information about conditions, treatments, local services and healthy lives.

NHS Direct
Tel: 0845 46 47
Health information and advice.

NICE (National Institute for health and clinical excellence)
web: Information and guidelines on recommended treatments for different disorders.

No Panic
Freephone: 0808 808 0545
93 Brands Farm Way, Telford, Shropshire,TF3 2JQ
Support for sufferers of panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, general anxiety disorder and tranquilliser withdrawal.

PALS — Patient Advice and Liaison Service
Provides information and advice about local NHS services and support organisations and helps sort out problems with NHS services.

Tel: 0300 100 1234
Premier House, Carolina Court, Lakeside, Doncaster, DN4 5RA
Help with marital or relationship problems.

Helpline: 0300 500 0927
89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP
Provides information and a helpline for anyone affected by mental health problems.

24-hour helpline: 08457 90 90 90
Emotional support for anyone feeling down or struggling to cope.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
tel. 020 7014 9955
Has a voluntary register of qualified psychotherapists.


Useful books

Panic disorder: the facts
S. Rachman and P. De Silva
Oxford University Press 2009
Includes valuable new information on treatment and discusses the relationship between panic disorder and other anxiety conditions.

Coping successfully with panic attacks
S. Trickett Sheldon 2009
A self-help book which covers physical causes, such as low blood-sugar, and also psychological triggers.

Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to relax and enjoy life again by overcoming stress and fear
Clare Weekes
HarperCollins 2000
Guide for everything you need to know to keep relaxed through every day life. Offers comprehensive insight and advice into coping with nervous stress.  
(See my article on Claire Weekes)

See my Resource Page for other books that can help.

Charity and Organizations that help with depression

0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
email: [email protected]
Details of local Minds, other services, and Mind's Legal Advice Line. Language Line is available for talking in a language other than English.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
tel. 01455 88 33 00 (general enquiries)

Carers UK helpline:
0808 808 7777
Information and advice on all aspects of caring.

Depression Alliance
Information, support and self-help groups.

Depression UK
A self-help organisation made up of individuals and local groups.

Ecominds web:
Projects offering a range of outdoor activities to promote good mental health.

The Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICM)
tel. 020 7922 7980
Provides a list of professional practitioners.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) web:
Guidelines on treatments for depression.

Chris, PO Box 9090,
Sterling FK8 2SA
helpline: 08457 90 90 90
24-hour telephone helpline

Organises volunteering schemes for mutual help.
Useful contacts

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
tel. 020 7014 9955
Has a voluntary register of qualified psychotherapists,

Local Mental Health Charities in Oxfordshire which are local to the area I live in.

Oxford Mindfulness
61-63 Cuddesdon Corner t: 01865 794794 7 The Paddocks t: 07788450257 Blackbird Leys e: Yarnton e: info© Oxford 0X4 6SB w: Kidlington 0X5 1TF w:
A low cost counselling service based in Blackbird Legs, Rosehill and Barton. The service is run by mainly trainee counsellors and psychotherapists. It is for people on low incomes or benefits who pay what they can afford. Clients range from ages 18 to 80+. Many clients are signposted to the service by GPs but all clients have to make contact themselves.

The Oxford Counselling and Psychotherapy Service
29 Warnborough Road e: Oxford 0X2 6JA w:
Offers counselling for individuals (over 18) and couples. Counselling styles vary according to the practitioner. Fees range from £38 to £48 per 50 minute session but may be negotiable depending on circumstances. Contact Gina: 01865 515324 or Sheila: 01865 865927.

Oxford Men's Counselling Service
Charles Street t: 01865 422363 Oxford 0X4 3AU w: OMCS supports men (over 18) to explore issues relevant to them. The service works with men who may benefit from short or long-term counselling, can attend weekly sessions, can pay towards their counselling and aren't better supported by NHS mental health services. The introductory session costs £15 and there is a charge on a sliding scale thereafter. Access to the service is by self-referral and enquirers are invited to leave their contact details on the voicemail.

Oxford Women's Counselling Service
Off lffley Road t: 01865 725617 Oxford 0X4 3AU w:
OWCC offers a professional counselling service to women in the Oxford area. OWCC provides a supportive counselling environment for women seeking help to explore the issues in their lives and to consider alternative perspectives. People can self-refer by phone, leaving their name and contact details.

Oxford Mindfulness
Offers a programme of mindfulness based stress reduction. There are eight-week group programmes for stress, depression, anxiety, OCD, pain and chronic illness. The programmes are for the public and professionals. Self-referrals and GP, therapist or consultant referrals are accepted.

Oxford Mindfulness Centre University Department of Psychiatry Warneford Hospital Oxford 0X3 7JX
t: 01865 613141 e: w:
Offers a mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) course run over eight weeks, including two-hour classes per week and home practice. It helps prevent relapse after episodes of depression and reduces stress and anxiety. For adults over 18, people recovering from depression, and people suffering from stress and anxiety. Self-referral or GP referrals are accepted.

Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP) Rose Hill Children's Centre The Oval, Rose Hill Oxford 0X4 4UY
t: 01865 778034 e: w:
Counselling service for parents and carers who have difficulty bonding with their babies (under two years old). A financial contribution may be requested depending on location. Also offers training and consultation for other professionals working with parents with babies under the age of two years. Self-referral or third-party agency referrals are accepted.

Wantage Counselling Service Orchard House
t: 01235 769744 Portway e: [email protected] Wantage OX12 9BU w:
Provides professional BACP accredited services run by a team of qualified counsellors. The service is for individual adults, couples and young people aged 15 years upwards. Client fees are established in relation to their income. Call to make an appointment or leave a message on the answer phone. See the website for opening hours.

Riverside Counselling Service
The Friends Meeting House t: 07879381334 Northfield End e: [email protected] Henley RG9 2JJ w: Primarily offers individual counselling. Counsellors work using a variety of modalities on a voluntary basis, providing affordable support to clients needing short or long-term therapy. It will also offer workshops for parents going through separation and divorce. The service is for adults and young people struggling with life difficulties including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and abuse. Self-referrals and third-party agency referrals are accepted.


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