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

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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

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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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Natalie talks about Phonophobia (fear of loud noises)

May 15th, 2015

I have various phobias, but I have one that affects me quite a lot: Phonophobia. For those that aren’t sure what it may be, it is a fear of sudden, unexpected loud sounds. Loud and unexpected noises to anybody are startling, but for someone like me, the affects of a loud noise impact me so much more deeply than just making you ‘jump’ and wonder what the noise was – when I hear a sudden noise I instantly fear danger, my life is at risk and I need to flee.

It has a massive impact on my daily life, things even as common as a siren going past triggers my phobia, which then activates my anxiety and panic attacks. What makes it worse is that I live in the area with a hospital, fire service training center and a police station in close proximity.

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Amanda tells her story about how she helped her daughter to overcome her phobias and anxiety…

May 14th, 2015

amanda mhawMy daughter Tabitha (now 11) was what we affectionately call a born worrier. Originally a tiny prem baby she is a sweet earnest and expressive child, usually anxious to please. At 7 she was a great eater with a varied and interested appetite. Then in 2011 she complained of a sore throat after a potato went down the wrong way. Thinking nothing of it at first, we noticed over a period of weeks that she was making a terrible mess of the table at mealtimes – crumbs and tiny bits of food all over the table and floor. Separately I noticed that when sitting next to her (not at mealtimes) she seemed to be swallowing “noisily”. Steadily, and then quite dramatically, her food consumption went dramatically downhill and she started to leave much of her food and lose weight rapidly. We talked to her about it endlessly, got medicine for the continuing sore throat, tried all the usual praise and reward techniques and eventually spoke to the Doctor, Health Visitor and School. Most of whom were a bit unhelpful, suggesting it was a just phase or worse – that it was an attention seeking exercise as my younger child was now growing up and making her presence known. This didn’t seem to add up as, if anything, Tabitha seemed more and more upset about the increased attention she was receiving. Going out of my mind with worry I searched online but all results seemed to focus on other eating disorders and this felt like she was phobic, not about the effects of food, but on the actual act of eating.
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