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Explains what trauma is and how it affects your mental health, including how you can help yourself, what treatments are available and how to overcome barriers to getting the right support. Also includes tips for people who want to support someone who has gone through trauma.

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

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

Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapists (ACAT)
Information about cognitive analytic therapy, including a list of accredited therapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Professional body for talking therapy and counselling. Provides information and a list of accredited therapists.

Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists
Information about body-focused approaches to therapy.

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.

First Person Plural
Support and information for people with complex dissociative disorders and their family and friends.


0300 123 6600
Confidential advice and information about drugs, their effects and the law.

Freedom Programme

01942 262 270

Free support programme for people affected by domestic violence.

Mind Recovery Net
Publishes information on recovery colleges, including a searchable list of providers.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

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

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Produces guidelines on best practice in healthcare.

NHS Service Finder
Searchable database of NHS services in England.

National Survivor User Network (NSUN)
Independent, service-user-led charity for people with experience of mental health issues. Provides information, networking opportunities and peer support.

One in Four

0800 121 7114
Offers advocacy services, counselling, and resources for adults who have experienced trauma, domestic or sexual abuse in childhood.

Rethink Mental Illness

0808 801 0525
Provides support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems, including local support groups.


116 123 (freephone)
[email protected]

Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person. Samaritans also have a Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).

Schema Therapy Institute
Information about schema therapy.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
Information about sensorimotor psychotherapy, including a directory of therapists.

Somatic Experiencing Association UK
Information about somatic experiencing, including a directory of therapists.

The Survivors Trust

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

Together UK
Supports people with mental health problems, including through peer support.

UK Psychological Trauma Society
Forum for professionals to share ideas and knowledge about trauma, including a list of dedicated NHS and private trauma services in the UK.

Victim Support

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

This information was published in January 2020. We will revise it in 2022.

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