Explains phobias, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Your stories

Living with my phobia of bananas

Vix blogs about how her unusual phobia impacts on her everyday life, and how she manages it.

Posted on 08/03/2017

Lots of social phobia, but no friends

John blogs about living with social phobia and the steps he’s taking to recover.

Posted on 15/06/2015

Confronting my social anxiety at university

Max, a volunteer at Mind Cymru, shares his experience of social anxiety and how he is overcoming this.

Max Dean
Posted on 25/02/2015

Useful contacts

Anxiety UK

0844 477 5774

Information and counselling. Offers a helpline and online support for people with anxiety and phobias.

Be Mindful

Explains the principles behind mindfulness, and gives details of local courses and therapists.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

0161 705 4304

Lists accredited CBT therapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 883 300

Information about counselling and therapy. See sister website for details of local practitioners.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

020 3178 2199

Lists hypnotherapists and other complementary healthcare practitioners.


Mind’s safe, supportive online community where you can listen, be heard and share your experiences with others.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

0845 003 7780

Guidance on phobias, anxiety and panic disorders.

No Panic

0800 138 8889

Information and support for people with phobias, panic attacks and anxiety disorders.

No More Panic

Information and online support for people experiencing anxiety disorders, panic and phobias.

Reading Well

For information on Read Well Books on Prescription.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

For information on phobias.

Triumph over Phobia (TOP UK )

01225 571740

Help for people with phobias.

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