Anxiety UK partners with Headspace to offer free subscription to AUK Members!

October 29th, 2015

From the 2nd of November 2015, Anxiety UK will be offering free subscriptions to Headspace with their Membership offer.

Anxiety UK- the UK’s leading anxiety charity- has recently partnered with Headspace, the lifestyle app known as ‘a gym membership for the mind’. Using proven meditation and mindfulness techniques Headspace helps its users to train their minds, to experience benefits including less stress, better sleep, focus and improved relationships.

Founded in 2010 by Rich Pierson and Andy Puddicombe, the Headspace platform offers unique content varying from guided meditations to animations and videos via the Headspace website and mobile app, teaching users the techniques of mindfulness. The Headspace journey includes a 30-day pack focussing specifically on anxiety, as well as 2 minute ‘SOS’ sessions, designed to help users in moments of high anxiety. Just 10 day’s practice has been shown to have wide-ranging benefits, from improving sleep and relationships to reducing anxiety and stress. With no chanting, no sitting cross-legged, no incense and definitely no gurus – this is meditation for modern living.

Headspace already has 4 million users meditating daily, and from the 2nd November 2015 Anxiety UK is now offering a year’s subscription to Headspace for free via Anxiety UK’s Membership offer. By partnering with Anxiety UK, Headspace are fulfilling their mission of improving the health and happiness of the world through their Get Some / Give Some programme, which donates free subscriptions to charities such as Anxiety UK to help support members.

Along with offering access to a subscription to Headspace, the charity provides further support to those affected by anxiety via an exclusive range of services including: fast access to talking therapies with an Anxiety UK approved therapist including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Counselling; access to several specialist helplines including a psychiatric pharmacy helpline; subscription to the quarterly Anxious Times magazine; and access to a members only area of the Anxiety UK website. A number of tailored membership support packages are available in addition to individual membership support packages including family memberships and student memberships. For more information, please visit: and Headspace for Anxiety UK.

NB. Please note that if you’d like to sign up for a membership prior to the 2nd of November and would still like access to Headspace, give us a call on Monday 2nd November on 08444 775 774 and we will ensure to give you your unique access code.

Anxiety UK’s Good Practice Guidelines for Higher Education Establishments.

October 19th, 2015

As part of Anxiety UK’s Student Initiative this October, we have also developed the Top 4 Recommendations for supporting students with anxiety at University or College.

There is full guidance available for Higher Education Establishments, which are available if you email requesting ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Higher Education’

AUK Top 4 Recommendations Final

Release of The Student Guide to Understanding Anxiety and Free Download!

October 19th, 2015

For one week only, The Student Guide to Understanding Anxiety is available for free download! From the 19th-25th October, you can download the guide by clicking on our Student Membership tab.

The guide has been developed to help support you through university or college and to help you manage any feelings of apprehension and anxiety that you might be having. The guide will also help you to recognise symptoms of anxiety and enable you to identify when anxiety might be beginning to impact negatively on your ability to function on a day to day basis.

Along with the Guide, you’ll also have the option of taking out a Student Membership with Anxiety UK, where you’ll be given fast access to reduced-cost private therapy, and a years subscription to Headspace, a unqiue online meditation and mindfulness programme (launching on November 1st) including being part of a like-minded supportive community.

Anxiety UK to launch new student support package

October 9th, 2015

Anxiety UK- the UK’s leading anxiety charity- is launching a new ‘Student Guide to Understanding Anxiety’, along with a specialised Student Support Package to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

This week, it has been reported that an increasing number of students are in need of therapy due to rising stress and anxiety levels. A report by the NUS in 2013 stated that 20% of students experience mental health difficulties whilst at university; however this figure is known to be increasing on an annual basis.

However, this is not solely a university issue; there has been an increase generally in common mental health issues nationwide such as stress and anxiety which has placed additional demand on already overstretched NHS services. This coupled with rising demand for university counselling support services has meant that immediate access to such services for students experiencing anxiety, depression and stress is not possible.

Nicky Lidbetter, Chief Executive of Anxiety UK said: “We know that students are often most in need of support 4-6 weeks after starting university. Indeed colleagues at the Emergency Department at Manchester Royal Infirmary report that they see the highest instances of self-harm, suicidal thoughts, feelings and attempts amongst students at this time. Students often find themselves struggling after the initial ‘honeymoon period’ in higher education due to experiencing issues such homesickness, loneliness and disillusionment with the notion of the ‘university experience’.”

In response to this growing need, Anxiety UK is launching a new ‘Student Guide to Understanding Anxiety’ which offers information and advice to students in higher education who are living with or experiencing an anxiety related condition including stress, depression and anxiety. The guide will be available to download for free from the Anxiety UK website from 19-25th October inclusive as part of the charity’s programme of activities to mark World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10th October 2015).

Alongside the guide, Anxiety UK is launching a new Student Membership offer; one of the benefits of this is to put students in touch with a network of ‘Approved Anxiety UK therapists’ ensuring timely access to support.

Anxiety UK launch ‘Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund’

October 6th, 2015

Peer support for people with Anxiety

The Institute of Mental Health has been successful in securing funding from Anxiety UK’s ‘Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund’ to further develop peer support training for people with Anxiety.

This exciting research project starts on 1 October and will help to further understand what peer support should look like for people who are unable to attend traditional face to face groups or training because of their anxiety.

Nicky Lidbetter, Chief Executive, Anxiety UK commented: “We are delighted that the Institute has been appointed to deliver this important research project in the first year of the Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund’s existence. We very much look forward to working with the Peer Support Team over the next year and seeing the outcomes make a difference in the future to those living with and affected by anxiety.”

Peer support is commonly defined as ‘offering and receiving help, based on a shared understanding, respect and mutual empowerment between people in similar situations’. Benefits of peer support have included greater empowerment, confidence and self-esteem for those receiving the support as well as for the peer supporters themselves.

The Institute runs an accredited course for peer supporters, which organisations such as, NHS Trusts and charitable organisations access. The course focuses on recovery and peer support and helps learners to develop skills such as active listening and problem solving and gives them the chance to share their experiences.

Marissa Lambert, Education Practice Consultant at the Institute commented: “Participants describe the course as ‘life-changing’ with positive impacts on self-confidence and self-esteem as well as being a route back to work and helping others.”

“We are conscious however, that our peer support group training sessions, and other self-help groups, potentially exclude people with anxiety disorders that prevent them from attending group activities. Many people have anxieties that make it difficult for them to leave their house for training or support.”

Martin Orrell, Director of the Institute says: “To receive funding for this important piece of work is an excellent achievement for Marissa and the Institute’s Peer Support Team. The project supports our long term aim of co-producing with people who access our services as well as working in partnership with Anxiety UK, bringing together national expertise around anxiety and peer support.”

The project will run for one year and throughout that time, the Peer Support Team will work alongside the Institute’s Research Support and Evaluation Team to review the current knowledge about effective support and training methods for people who experience anxiety.

Service users will be central to the project and will be invited to undertake an online survey as well as get involved with more in-depth interviews to explore their perceptions of peer support, and any barriers and facilitators to its success and quality.

Marissa says: “We value opportunities to share good practice and encourage conversations and this project does just that. We aim to produce meaningful outcomes and hope that our findings will influence future practice, and therefore help to provide people with anxiety the same opportunities to access support from their peers.”


Trustee with accountancy and finance skills required

September 28th, 2015

Anxiety UK is seeking to recruit a Trustee with accountancy and finance skills to join board of AUK. Any interested candidates must be able to travel to Manchester. For further information please contact Nicky Lidbetter by email to

Anxiety UK now offering Family and Group Memberships

August 6th, 2015

bigstock-Studio-Portrait-Of-Five-Teenag-13905707Anxiety UK are pleased to announce that it is now possible to join Anxiety UK as a family unit, or as a group.

As with individual membership, those joining as a family or group will have access to many benefits including reduced cost therapy and a subscription to the charities Anxious Times magazine.

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Vote for Anxiety UK!

August 3rd, 2015


Anxiety UK have applied to be in the running for JustGiving’s Charity of the Year and we need your votes! We would love the opportunity to be awarded this prestigious prize to highlight the hard work our staff and volunteers are putting in to reduce the stigma of mental health issues, to guide and support those living with anxiety and to raise money for vital research. If you have been supported by Anxiety UK in the past and would like to vote for us for Charity of the Year, please click here. It will only take a minute and your vote would mean the world to us!

Increasing access to mental health care | Tuesday 8 September 2015 | The King’s Fund, London W1G 0AN

July 15th, 2015
Join commissioners and providers of mental health care from across all settings, to reflect on progress to date and find new ways of increasing access to care.

This one-day conference will provide you with:

• successful case studies where mental and physical health care have been integrated, and examples of new models for providing mental health care in non-mental health settings
• knowledge of providing proactive and preventative mental health services
• examples of innovative approaches to increasing access, including the use of digital technology and LIFT psychology in primary care
• the benefits of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme and Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services, with advice from colleagues leading these initiatives.

Please click here for the full programme 

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Anxiety UK text service launches today!

July 1st, 2015


Anxiety UK are delighted to announce the launch of a new text service, a welcome addition to the current range of services already offered to support those living with anxiety disorders.

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