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Below is a list of different organisations with a special interest in emotional & mental health and well-being, and sources of information on a variety of therapies available in the UK.
Online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
CBT helps to explore the links between our thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and to develop positive coping strategies. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), but there is a major shortage of therapists, and long waiting lists on the NHS, so many people seeking help do not get access to CBT when they need it most (and when it could be most effective).
Online CBT programmes have been developed recently and have shown to be promising in helping people to help themselves with the aid of modern technology. You can access the following programmes that are based on the principles of CBT, free of charge:
Living Life to The Full www.livinglifetothefull.com
Mood Gym http://moodgym.anu.edu.au
Feel Better www.kpchr.org/feelbetter
Depression Alliance www.depressionalliance.org Tel: 0845 123 2320
Aware www.aware-ni.org - Advice and information for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing depression. 10 Clarendon Street, Derry, BT48 7ET, Tel: 028 7126 0602.
Beyond Blue www.beyondblue.org.au - The national Australian depression initiative.
Clinical Depression www.depression-screening.com - Information and news on clinical depression.
Defeat Depression www.depression.org.uk, News, chat room and information
Depression and Bi-polar Support Alliance www.dbsalliance.org USA-based patien-directed organisation
Depression Anonymous www.depressionanon.co.uk A self-help organisation producing a monthly magazine, book reviews, bulletin board and pen-friend scheme.
Depression Helper www.depression-helper.com Depression help and advice.
Depression World www.depressionworld.net Website maintained by a chartered psychologist and UKCP psychotherapist.
Phobias, Anxiety & OCD
Agoraphobics United www.agoraphobics.co.uk
Anxiety Alliance www.anxietyalliance.org.uk
Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Britain & Districts Agoraphobic Society www.badas.ik.com
Dental Fear Central www.dentalfearcentral.org
Emetophobia Online www.emetonline.co.uk
Gut Reaction www.gut-reaction.freeserve.co.uk Emetophobia support
The Health Anxiety Centre www.aimoo.com/forum/freeboard.cfm?id=320897
No More Panic www.nomorepanic.co.uk
Panic Attacks www.panicattacks.com.au
Social Anxiety Online www.socialanxietyonline.co.uk
Social Phobia / Social Anxiety Association www.socialphobia.org
Social Phobia World www.socialphobiaworld.com
Domestic Violence Helplines & Support
Women's Aid www.womensaid.org.uk Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
Paws for Kids www.pawsforkids.org.uk
NSPCC www.nspcc.org.uk Child Protection Helpline 0800 800 500; Childline 0800 1111
Action on Elder Abuse www.elderabuse.org.uk Tel: 0808 808 8141
Mankind www.mankind.org.uk Support for men experiencing domestic violence
Broken Rainbow www.broken-rainbow.org.uk Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence
Victim Support www.victimsupport.org.uk