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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Explains what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Mind's services

  • Mind's helplines provide information and support by phone and email.
  • Local Minds offer face-to-face services across England and Wales. These services include talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side is our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Other organisations

Anxiety UK

03444 775 774 (helpline) 
07537 416 905 (text)
Advice and support for people living with anxiety.

ASSIST Trauma Care
Information and specialist help for people who've experienced trauma or are supporting someone who has.

Birth Trauma Association
Support for anyone affected by birth trauma, including partners.

Body Psychotherapy Network

An organisation aiming to provide a community, a platform and a voice for Body Psychotherapy and body psychotherapists.

Combat Stress

0800 1381 619
Treatment and support for armed forces veterans who have mental health problems.

Disaster Action
Information and support for people affected by major disasters in the UK and overseas.

EMDR Association UK
Professional association of EMDR clinicians and researchers in the UK and Ireland. Provides lots of information about EMDR. Includes a search tool to find EMDR-accredited therapists.

Freedom from Torture
Supports survivors of torture.

Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse (HAVOCA)
Information and support for adults who have experienced any type of childhood abuse, run by survivors.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

0808 801 0331
[email protected]
Supports adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Offers a helpline, email support and local services.

Information about health problems and treatments, including details of local NHS services in England.

NHS talking therapies self-referral
Information about local NHS therapy services for certain mental health problems. You can self-refer (England only) but you must be registered with a GP.

PTSD Resolution

0300 302 0551
Helps veterans, reservists and their families with trauma and distress.

Provides information about PTSD and C-PTSD, including different types of treatment, ways to help yourself and how to support someone with PTSD. 


08454 500 355
Information and support for people bereaved or seriously injured due to road crashes.

The Survivors Trust

0808 8010 818
Lists local specialist services for survivors of sexual violence, including advocates and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs).

Victim Support

0808 168 9111
Provides emotional and practical support for people affected by crime and traumatic events.

This information was published in January 2021. We will revise it in 2024.

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