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.

Annabelle
Posted on 30/07/2015

Complex PTSD and me

Sarah blogs about her experience of complex PTSD after suffering abuse.

Posted on 10/08/2015

Useful contacts

Anxiety UK

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

ASSIST trauma care

helpline: 0178 856 0800
assisttraumacare.org.uk
Information and specialist help for people with PTSD and anyone supporting them.

Birth Trauma Association

birthtraumaassociation.org.uk

Support for anyone affected by birth trauma, including partners.

Combat Stress

helpline: 0800 1381 619 (24 hours)
combatstress.org.uk
Treatment and support for British Armed Forces Veterans who have mental health problems.

Elefriends

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

Freedom from Torture

freedomfromtorture.org
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)

havoca.org
Information for adults who were abused in childhood, including an online support forum.

Lifecentre

helpline: 0808 802 0808

lifecentre.uk.com
Telephone counselling, support and information for survivors of sexual abuse and anyone supporting them.

Moodjuice

moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk
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)
napac.org.uk
Support for adult survivors of any type of childhood abuse, including local support groups.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

nice.org.uk
Information and clinical guidelines on recommended treatments for different conditions, including PTSD.

NHS Choices

nhs.uk
Provides information on PTSD and complex PTSD, including local talk therapy services.

PTSD Resolution

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

The Survivors Trust

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

Victim Support

0808 168 9111
victimsupport.org.uk
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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