About Anxiety UK

Our primary aim is to promote the relief and rehabilitation of persons suffering with anxiety disorders through information and provision of self-help services. We also strive to advance awareness of the general public in the causes and conditions of anxiety disorders and associated phobias.

We support anyone affected by:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks/disorder
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Phobia
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Trichotillomania
  • Tranquilliser Problems
  • Agoraphobia
  • Other Phobias such as fear of blushing, heights, vomiting, spiders, HIV, cancer, heart disease, being alone, public speaking, thunderstorms, dentists, death, school, confined spaces, etc.

Anxiety UK’s services include national helplines that are staffed by volunteers with personal experience of anxiety, access to talking therapies, a community of support and advice and a Manchester peer mentoring service.

The charity works regularly with external agencies and healthcare professionals to improve services for those living with anxiety disorders and campaigns to raise awareness of anxiety disorders. Additionally, Anxiety UK offers volunteers the opportunity to gain additional skills, confidence and experience in a supportive environment.

Anxiety UK receives more than 15,000 calls to the helpline and requests for support via email each year and more than 30,000 new visitors to their website a month. Since 1970, the charity has provided essential support to more than 1 million people throughout the UK.

About our founder

Harold Fisher was a joint founder of Anxiety UK in 1970, later becoming Director of the organisation in 1987, (remaining in this position until 1996). He was a member of the British Society of Hypnotists during the period 1973-1980. From 1986 to date, Harold has been a founder member of Anxiety UK’s management committee.

Awards & accreditations

Anxiety UK enjoys the following awards and accreditations, evidence of the the charity’s exemplary 43 year history.

  • Awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (2006)
  • Mental Health Helplines Partnership Quality Standard (2009-12)
  • Investing in volunteers standard (2010-13)
  • Mindful Employer status
  • In receipt of Big Lottery Funding until 2013 for innovative Peer Mentoring Project
  • Received the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation’s Approved Provider standard for the Manchester Peer Mentoring Project in 2011
  • Received Department of Health core grant funding for more than 10 years
  • Regularly referred to by the NHS including NHS Direct

Annual Reports

Annual Reports are available for download as a PDF document, they require the free Acrobat Reader.

To download the latest Anxiety UK annual reports  please click below.

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report