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Talking to others can help
Anxiety is a condition that can close you off to others. Talking to people really can help. Often people are concerned about discussing their worries with family and friends. It is often much easier to speak to somebody anonymously about issues such as anxiety. Here are some suggestions for organisations that offer a listening ear.
Listening Friends at Pharmacist Support
Our Listening Friends are pharmacists who volunteer to offer a listening ear to others in times of need. This service provides callers with the opportunity to talk anonymously and in confidence to a pharmacist about any stresses they are facing in their work or home life.
For further information, see the Pharmacist Support website, or call us on 0808 168 5133.
Anxiety UK is a national charity offering support to those affected by anxiety disorders. Call their helpline on 03444 775 774, or contact them via live chat. For further information, see the Anxiety UK website.
Mind provide advice and support to anybody who is living with a mental health condition. The services it offers include talking therapies and peer support. Call their helpline on 0300 123 3393, or contact them via live chat. For further information, see the Mind website.
No Panic is a charity which helps people who suffer from panic attacks and other anxiety related disorders. The services they offer include advice and support including help for people coming off tranquillisers, step-by-step written recovery programmes and self-help cognitive behaviour therapy. For further information, call their helpline on 0844 967 4848 or see the No Panic website.
The term ‘talking therapy’ covers all the psychological therapies that involve a person talking to a therapist about their problems. According to the NHS, for some problems and conditions, one type of talking therapy may be better than another. Equally, different talking therapies also suit different people.
Whilst counselling is the most common form of therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) might work best for people with anxiety. The aim of CBT is to help people to think more positively about life and free themselves from unhelpful patterns of behaviour. A course typically involves around 6 to 15 sessions, which last about an hour each.
For further information on talking therapy, see the NHS Choices website.