Where to get help
It is normal to experience upsetting and confusing thoughts after a traumatic event, but in most people these will improve naturally over a few weeks.
You should visit your GP if you or your child are still having problems about four weeks after the traumatic experience, or if the symptoms are particularly troublesome.
IF YOU, OR ANYONE YOU KNOW IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, PLEASE CALL 999.
Additionally, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call them on the phone: 116 123
The team from mind.org.uk provide information on a range of topics including: types of mental health problems, where to get help and medication and alternative treatments
They will look for details of help and support in your own area. The lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays): 0300 123 3393
Other Useful organizations and services
ASSIST (Assistance Support and Self Help in Surviving Trauma)
11 Albert Street, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2QE
helpline: 01788 560 800 tel. 01788 551 919
Support, understanding and therapy for people experiencing PTSD, families and carers
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
Victoria Buildings, 9-13 Silver St, Bury BL9 OEU
tel. 0161 797 4484 web: www.babcp.com
Promotes the development of the theory and practice of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapies. Can provide details of accredited therapists. Full directory of psychotherapists available online
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
15 St John’s Business Park, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 4HB
tel. 01455 883 316 (to find a suitable therapist)
minicom: 01455 550 307 web: www.bacp.co.uk
For details of practitioners in your area
Combat Stress (Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society)
Tyrwhitt House, Oaklawn Road, Leatherhead KT22 0BX
tel. 01372 841 600 web: www.combatstress.com
For members of all ranks of the Armed Forces or Merchant Navy. Three treatment centres available
Cruse Bereavement Care
PO BOX 800, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1RG
helpline: 0844 477 9400 tel. 020 8940 1671
For all those who have been bereaved
The Compassionate Friends
53 North Street, Bristol BS3 1EN
helpline: 0845 123 2304 web: www.tcf.org.uk
For bereaved parents and their families
Counselling and Psychology Today Directories
Counselling Directory: www.counselling-directory.org.uk
Psychology Today: www.psychologytoday.com/gb/counselling
Both directories provide a huge support network of therapists, enabling users to find a therapist close to them and appropriate for their needs. PTSD sufferers can find a range a information from articles written by professionals, local events, multiple information pages and more.
First Person Plural
PO Box 2537, Wolverhampton WV4 4ZL
Survivor-led organisation for abuse survivors with dissociative stress
PTSD Resolution is a charity that helps Veterans, Reservists and Families who are struggling to reintegrate into a normal work & family life because of trauma suffered during service in the armed forces.
Traumatic Stress Service
Maudsley Hospital, 99 Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ
tel. 020 3228 2969
National referral centre (usually via Community Mental Health Teams). Offers rapid assessment to people suffering from PTSD, or related problems
Hallam House, 56-60 Halllam St, London W1W 6JL
Helpline: 0845 303 0900
Independent charity providing free confidential support to victims of crime
The details of the services presented here are being made available as an informative resource only. PTSD UK does not specifically endorse, recommend, or regulate any of the organisations listed below.
If you contact one of these services looking to have your clinical needs assessed then you should ensure that the clinical advice or care provided for you is delivered by someone who is professionally registered and suitably experienced to provide the care you require. You may also want to look at the BABCP or the EMDR association if you are specifically looking to access evidence based care for PTSD. You can check the registration of clinicians on websites such as www.bps.org.uk or http://www.hpc-uk.org/check/ .
If you are a provider, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to have your services details updated.
This list was last updated June 2014 and is taken from the website of UKPTS.
Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research, Institute for Health & Welfare Research
Tel: 01224 263102.
The Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QG
Belfast – TMR Health Professionals
Tel: 028 9066 1110
Pinewood House, 46 Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5NW
Cambridge, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
Tel: 01223 355 294
15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge, CB7 2EF.
Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan, Traumatic Stress Service
Clinical Partners is the UK’s largest private mental health partnership – helping over 10,000 patients each year to access expert, senior Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists. We work in partnership with some NHS trusts as well as accepting self funded referrals / health insurance.
Our clinicians work with adults, children and teenagers to help diagnose, assess and treat conditions such as PTSD.
Tel: 0203 326 9160
Colchester, Saunders Clinic
Oaks Drive Consulting Rooms, 27 Oaks Drive, Colchester, Essex C03 3QZ
Tel: 029 20688321 Fax: 029 20687068
Cardiff University Psychiatry Service & Traumatic Stress Service
Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ.
East of England Major Trauma Centre
Tel: (01223) 216167
Edinburgh, Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress
Tel: 0131 537 6806; Fax: 0131 537 6104
Tipperlinn House, Tipperlinn Road, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh EH10 5HF.
Glasgow NHSGG&C Trauma Service
Tel: 01416304985 (Anne Douglas), 01412320114 (Dr Lisa Reynolds) and 01415313232 (Dr Jo McColl)
NHSGG&C Trauma service
Humber Traumatic Stress Service
Tel: 01482 617760.
Victoria House, Park Street, Hull East Yorkshire, HU2 8TD.
Lancashire Traumatic Stress Service
Tel: 01772 647071
18 Euxton Lane Chorley Lancs PR7 1PS
Leeds Psychological Therapy Service
Tel: 0113 3431962
17 Blenheim Terrace, Leeds, LS2 9HN.
Lincoln Psychological Therapies
Tel & Fax: 01522 511300, Mobile 07876 231087
Address (for correspondence only): 1 West Hill House, Motherby Hill, Lincoln, LN1
London, Forced Migration Trauma Service
Tel: (secretary) 020 72669548 (direct), 020 7266 9575 (Kerry Young) Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, 7a Woodfield Road London W9 2NW.
London Wiltshire, Capio Nightingale
Tel: 020 7535 7700, 24 hr Tel: 08007830594 For confidential, patient related information Fax to 020 7724 5976
11-19 Lisson Grove, Marylebone, London, NW16SH
London, Institute of Psychotrauma
Tel: 0207 7917630
Institute of Psychotrauma, Dean Cross, 16 Dean Cross Street, London, E1 2QA.
London, Maudsley Hospital
Tel: 020 3228 6000
Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ
Adult Traumatic Stress Service
Tel: 020 3228 2969. Fax: 02032282514
South London & Maudsley NHS Trust, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ
Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma
South London & Maudsley NHS Trust, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ
Child Anxiety & Trauma Service
Tel: 0203-228-3381; Fax: 0203-228-5011
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ
Tel: +90-212-251 0084
Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
London, Traumatic Stress Service
Tel: 0203 513 6911. Fax: 0203 513 6144
South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
Building 2, Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Rd, London SW17 7DJ
London, Tavistock Clinic
Tel: 020 7435 7111
120 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BA.
London, Trauma Clinic
Tel: 020 7323 9890 Fax: 020 7323 9903.
London, Trauma Clinic, 7 Devonshire Street, London W1W 5DY.
London, Traumatic Stress Clinic
Tel: 020 3317 6820 Fax: 020 3317 6830 Address:
Medical Assessment Programme (MAP)
Freephone Helpline: 0800 169 5401
The Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme Department of Community Mental
Health, Chetwynd Barracks Chilwell
Tel: 0191 206 1199.
North East Traumatic Stress Centre, Plummer Court, Carliol Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6UR.
Northampton, St Andrews Hospital
Bedded tel: 01604 616000
Non-bedded tel: 01604616070 Fax: 01604616134
St Andrew’s Healthcare Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5DG
Northumberland, Tyne, Wear and Teesside
Psychology Partnerships Community Interest Company
134A Front Street, Chester le Street, County Durham DH3 3AY and Psynapse, Churchill House, 12 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1DE
Tel: 0191 230 6461 or 0 788 799 8375
Nottingham, Centre for Trauma Resilience and Growth
Tel: 0115 844 0586
St Anns House, 114 Thorneywood Mount, Nottingham NG3 2PZ.
Oxford, Stress and Trauma Centre
Tel: 01993 77 90 77 & Fax: 01993 77 94 99.
47 High Street, W itney, Oxford OX28 6JA.
Phoenix Heroes are supporting our veterans, men and women dealing with PTSD. We are working alongside local organisations and professionals and act as a support platform to place veterans and families on their outdoor group activity projects. We now have a strong support structure to help our homeless veterans too. We also offer training courses and seasonal employment opportunities across the spectrum of the event industry.
Tel: 01206 932 488
University of Plymouth
Tel: 01752 588887
Peninsula Allied Health Centre, Derriford Road, Plymouth PL6 8BH.
Reading, Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service
Tel: 0118 9296400.
Berkshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust, Erleigh Road Clinic, 25 Erleigh Road, Reading, Berks RG1 5LR.
Contact: Phil Coombes on Tel: 01636 642380
Briars Hey, Mill Lane, Rainhill, Prescot, Merseyside L35 6NE
Trauma Psychology UK
Tel: 07919 037972
Based in West Sussex and London.
Watford, PTSD Clinic
Tel: 01923 217554.
The Post Traumatic Stress Clinic, Shrodells Psychiatric Unit, Watford General Hospital, Vicarage Road, Watford, Herts, WD1 8HB.
T: 01904 430370
The Psychological Trauma Service at the Retreat York.
The Tuke Centre 28 Green Dykes Lane, YORK, YO10 3HH
The Veterans Service, York
Contact: Antony Brown : 01904 620781
31 Bootham, York, Y030 7BT CBT
Treatments for PTSD
It is possible for PTSD to be successfully treated many years after the traumatic event occurred, which means it is never too late to seek help. For some, the first step may be watchful waiting, then exploring therapeutic options such as individual or group therapy – but the main treatment options in the UK are psychological treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Traumatic events can be very difficult to come to terms with, but confronting and understanding your feelings and seeking professional help is often the only way of effectively treating PTSD. You can find out more in the links below, or here.
PTSD UK Blog
You’ll find up-to-date news, research and information here along with some great tips to ease your PTSD in our blog.
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