Most people experience feelings of anxiety at some points in their life and is not uncommon. This page provides information about anxiety and where you can find support.
Talking about your feelings, past experiences and present struggles has huge benefits for your mental health.
For some people, it can be much easier to speak to somebody outside of friends and family about issues such as anxiety, stress and depression. On this page, you will learn about talking therapy, and the types of support you can receive from Pharmacist Support and other organisations.
What is talking therapy?
The term ‘talking therapy’ covers all the psychological therapies that involve a person talking to a counsellor or therapist about their problems. It is a safe space to talk, cry, shout or just think. There are many types of talking therapies and counsellors/therapists available, some of these may be paid for services and some can be free or ran by volunteers. It can be worth doing some research to find the method and therapist that really suits you.
Counselling through Pharmacist Support
At Pharmacist Support, we offer pharmacists and their families, trainees, and students up to twelve sessions of funded counselling. The service is run by an independent partner with trained counsellors.
Listening Friends at Pharmacist Support
Our Listening Friends peer support service provides pharmacists, trainees, and students the opportunity to talk anonymously and in confidence to a volunteer pharmacist. This may be about any stresses they may be facing in the workplace or in their studies.
Having access to a service like Listening Friends has sometimes felt like my only outlet I have for my anxieties and fears without worrying my family more than they are already.Listening Friends beneficiary
Anxiety UK is a national charity offering support to those affected by anxiety disorders. Call their helpline on 03444 775 774, or contact them via live chat.
Mind provides advice and support to anybody who is living with a mental health condition. The services it offers include talking therapies and peer support. Call their helpline on 0300 123 3393, or contact them via live chat.
No Panic is a charity which helps people who suffer from panic attacks, and other anxiety related disorders. The services they offer include advice and support including help for people coming off tranquillisers, step-by-step written recovery programmes, and self-help cognitive behaviour therapy. For further information, call their helpline on 0844 967 4848 or visit their website.