I appreciate that for many reasons, you may want or need to look elsewhere for help. There is a wealth of information online and many different options for getting help, I hope you find the links below useful.
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NHS Direct – mental health advice from the NHS
Mind – wide variety of information and advice about mental health including self-help
Rethink – wide variety of resources to do with mental health
Mental Health Foundation – various resources to do with mental health
Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Self-help workbooks – workbooks commonly used in NHS / IAPT mental health services
Anxiety UK – information about anxiety including OCD, PTSD panic and phobias
Fit For Work – independent Occupational Health advice
Mental Health Mates – community support group
Tiny Buddha – popular website with a wide variety of inspirational reading & resources with online community forum
Get.gg online repository of CBT-based self-help materials
Samaritans – free 24 hour listening service – 116 123 from landlines and mobiles
Sane – free support and information – 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm to 10:30pm daily)
Childline – 0800 1111
National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
Rape Crisis – 0808 802 9999
Shelter – emergency housing and homelessness 0808 274 1978 (emergencies only please)
Drinkline – national alcohol helpline 0300 123 1110
Frank – anything to do with recreational/illicit drugs 0800 776600
Beat – eating disorders information and support 0808 801 0677
OCD UK – 03332 127 890
Local NHS Community Mental Health Teams
Barnsley – 01226 645000
Doncaster – 01302 798400
Rotherham – 01709 302670 (24 hour)
Sheffield – 0114 226 3636 (24 hour)
Finding a Private Therapist
At present, counselling is not a regulated profession, however many of us choose to register with a professional association. Some of these registers are accredited by The Professional Standards Authority , who also oversee healthcare regulators like the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Therapists who are on an accredited register will have been checked to ensure they have an appropriate level of training and qualification, and are subject to a code of conduct on ethical practice.
There are numerous website that advertise listings of counsellors. Counselling Directory and Psychology Today are probably the most popular for the UK; both of these check all therapists to ensure they are qualified and registered. If you need a particular type of therapist e.g. one that specialises in working with children or couples, please perform a search then use the filters in the left-hand column to narrow down your search results.