Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

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

Your stories

Understanding PTSD

Annabelle blogs about how Mind's information helped her see past her trauma.

Posted on 30/07/2015

My cPTSD diagnosis

Mick tells us about his difficult path to a cPTSD diagnosis (complex post-tramatic stress disorder).

Posted on 25/09/2017

Useful contacts

Anxiety UK

helpline: 0844 477 5774 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–5.30pm)
Support, help and information for those with anxiety disorders including PTSD.

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.

Combat Stress

helpline: 0800 1381 619 (24 hours)
Treatment and support for British 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 UK & Ireland

The professional association of EMDR clinicians and researchers in the UK and Ireland. Provides extensive information about EMDR. 

A supportive online community which provides online peer support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Freedom from Torture
Provides direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in the UK. Has access to interpreters.

HAVOCA (Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse)
Information for adults who were abused in childhood, including an online support forum.


helpline: 0808 802 0808
Telephone counselling, support and information for survivors of sexual abuse and anyone supporting them.

Free online self-help guide from the NHS which includes some self-help resources for PTSD.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

0808 801 0331 (freephone, Monday–Thursday 10am–9pm and Friday 10am–6pm)
Support for adult survivors of any type of childhood abuse, including local support groups.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Information and clinical guidelines on recommended treatments for different conditions, including PTSD.

NHS Choices
Provides information on PTSD and complex PTSD, including local talk therapy services.

PTSD Resolution

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


Helpline: 08454 500 355 (Monday–Friday 9am–5pm)

[email protected]

Information and support for those seriously injured by road crash and bereaved families.

The Survivors Trust

0178 855 0554
Lists local specialist services for survivors of sexual violence, including advocates and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs).

Victim Support

0808 168 9111
An independent charity for people affected by crime and traumatic events in England and Wales. Provides emotional and practical help to enable people to cope and recover from the effects of crime.

This information was published in May 2017. We will revise it in 2020.

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