The charity Mind has information to support people with a mental health condition and those who care for them. As with many of their other topics, their content about anxiety disorders has quotes from people coping with the anxiety or panic attacks, and a video of people talking about their experiences. You can also contact Mind’s infoline on 0300 123 3393, text them on 86463, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation is a charity that carries out research and offers information about many areas of mental health. It also has podcasts about overcoming anxiety and mindfulness.
This charity has support groups, runs campaigns and can direct you to local mental health services, as well as providing information. This factsheet that you can download has comprehensive information about the different types of depression and directs to other, more specific guidance.
This tool describes itself as gym membership for your mind using meditation and mindfulness techniques. You can start off with free introduction to meditation and then choose to pay for access to more exercises covering a range of topics. You can use it on your phone or computer, depending on what suits you best.
- Big White Wall
This online, anonymous community provides a secure environment for you to seek help if you’re feeling stressed, anxious or down about anything. You can share stories to get and give advice, find information and do courses to understand better how you’re feeling and make positive change. And trained professionals keep an eye on things 24 hours a day to make sure everyone stays safe and supported.
- Be Mindful Online
This website-based mindfulness programme is made up of ten 30-minute modules for you to do at your own pace. It teaches mindfulness techniques to help you manage stress or simply to try to live a happier, healthier life. The programme uses audio clips, text-based information and a library of resources and exercises, and you can track your progress as you go along.
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Reviewed by Graham Pembrey, Lead Editor, Bupa Health Content Team, September 2017
Expert reviewer Dr Rahul Bhattacharya, Consultant Psychiatrist
Next review due September 2020