Getting support with your wellbeing

In many parts of England, you can refer yourself to IAPT services, and in some areas IAPT services specifically for people with long-term conditions are available.  It can be helpful for people with long-term conditions, especially if they are having difficulty managing the emotional impact of their condition to seek support.  There are different types of counselling and psychological therapies which offer different approaches. What is suitable for you will depend on what you want to get out of counselling.  

  • Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services - Read more about IAPT services and how to find them from NHS Choices (opens new window)

  • Psychological therapy run by trained counsellors.  

  • Counselling, either funded by the NHS or private 

  • Self Management Courses. Take a look on your local Council’s website.  

  • Through your GP

  • Community mental health services 

Although not available everywhere, Clinical Health Psychology may be available. This is provided by psychologists who have specialist knowledge of physical health problems, such as heart conditions. Ask your cardiologist, specialist nurse or GP if this is available in your area. 

Much of the content below has come from people sharing their ideas and experiences about what helps them. Please note that some of the links below are non-UK resources and so information on services may differ to what is available in the UK. All external links open in a new window. 



  • BeMindful - a website about mindfulness from the Mental health Foundation, including online learning. 

  • Breathworks - information about mindfulness, including mindfulness-based pain management. The website includes a three-minute breathing space meditation. 

  • Free Mindfulness - downloadable meditation exercises. 

  • Happier - a  website that focuses on gratitude and wellness, with free online courses and an online community. The Happier app includes a gratitude journal. 

  • New Economics Foundation - information about the five factors associated with well-being. 

  • NHS Choices - has information about meditation and mindfulness. Search ‘meditation’ or ‘mindfulness’. 

  • TedTalks – TED (technology, entertainment and design) has a huge range of presentations from a variety of speakers, including inspirational authors such as  Brené Brown and innovators such as Steve Jobs. You can search for topics such as ‘health’, ‘stress’ or ‘mindfulness’. 


  • Sane New World: Taming the Mind by Ruby Wax (who did a Masters in mindfulness- based cognitive therapy). Available as a printed and kindle copy, and audio book from Audible. 

  • Audible – audio books available from Amazon (you will need an audible account and there is a cost for books). This is a good site for anyone who prefers listening to, rather than reading, books. There are lots of books if you search for ‘mindfulness’, ‘breathing’ or ‘meditation’. Audible allows you to listen to samples from books before buying, and you can return a book if you do not enjoy it. 


  • Buddhify app - this is a meditation app, offering custom-made meditations for mindfulness. There is a one-off cost of £2 – £5 to download this app, depending on your device. Search your device app store for ‘Buddhify’. 

  • Happier - the app includes a gratitude journal. Search your device app store for 'Happier'. 

  • Headspace mindfulness app - this meditation and mindfulness app is available from Headspace. It is free to download but there is a cost for some of the content. Search your device app store for ‘Headspace’. 

  • Insight Timer app - this app offers over 6,000 free guided meditations, and is free to download. Search your device app store for ‘Insight Timer’. 

Useful organisations 

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - a professional body that sets standards for counselling and psychological therapies in the UK. It has information on the website and details of registered qualified counsellors. 

  • Mind - provides information about mental health conditions and advice, advocacy and support services. Local Mind services provide drop-in centres, counselling and befriending services. 

  • Mental Health First Aid England - provides mental health awareness training to a variety of organisations, businesses and communities, and aims to increase the population’s mental health literacy and reduce the stigma around mental ill health. 

  • Mental Health Foundation - provides information on mental health and tips for looking after your mental health. They also focus on preventing mental health problems. 

  • NHS Choices - provides information on various aspects of mental health services. 

  • Rethink Mental Illness - provides information and advice on mental health problems, practical, legal and welfare issues, as well as services and support groups. 

  • Samaritans - runs a Freephone helpline. Although known as a service for people who feel suicidal, Samaritans are there for anyone who wants to talk. 

  • Self management UK - self-management courses throughout the country for people with long-term conditions and for carers. 

  • Young Minds - for children and young people. Has information about mental health and services, including children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). 

Thank you to everyone who has shared their ideas and experiences.