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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Success for Anxiety UK as it is awarded the Helplines Standard

June 17th, 2015

helplines standard

Anxiety UK is delighted to announce that the Anxiety UK helpline has achieved the Helplines Standard accreditation.

The Helplines Standard is a quality standard specifically developed for the helpline sector to accredit service delivery and recognise best practice. It involves an organisation meeting rigorous criteria in order to ensure that they are providing a comprehensive helpline service.

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Support Anxiety UK through Text To Give Campaign

June 15th, 2015


Anxiety UK have launched a ‘Just Text Giving’ Campaign in association with Just Giving and Vodafone.

Like many charities, Anxiety UK relies on the support of others to provide valuable services to thousands of people living with an anxiety condition every year. If you would like to support us, please text AXUK00 £5 to 70070 and make a difference today.





Anxiety UK launch ‘The Caregivers Guide to Anxiety’ in conjunction with Carers Week 2015

June 8th, 2015

Caregivers guide to Anxiety cover

We are delighted to announce the release of ‘The Caregivers Guide to Anxiety’ in conjunction with Carers Week 2015.

Written by our CEO Nicky Lidbetter, the guide is the first of its kind in the UK, and offers information and advice to individuals supporting those with an anxiety disorder. It contains practical tips and methods to enable caregivers to provide support in a way that is beneficial to both the sufferer, as well as the caregiver.

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Anxiety UK to launch new Research Fund thanks to AUK Fundraisers

May 19th, 2015

AUK-web-useAnxiety UK is a user-led mental health charity established in 1970 that provides direct support services (including psychological therapies) to individuals affected by a range of anxiety disorders. We undertake a campaigning and awareness function; representing those with personal experience of anxiety in the UK.

Over the years, the charity has supported researchers with a range of research projects by assisting with the participant recruitment as well as collaborating directly with large research projects focused on improving treatment and services with people experiencing anxiety. We are keen  to develop and expand our interest and support for research into anxiety disorders and for the first time this year, are launching a new ‘Anxiety UK Research Fund’ to support initially, small research projects with a view to furthering understanding of anxiety disorders  and ultimately, improving outcomes for our client group.


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