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What is Anxiety?

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Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.

Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life – for example, you may feel worried and anxious about having a medical test or job interview. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.

However, some people can find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives. People with anxiety challenges tend to feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue.

Signs and symptoms of anxiety can be:

  • feeling tired, irritable or restless
  • feeling shaky or trembly, dizzy or sweating
  • being unable to concentrate or make decisions
  • difficulty sleeping
  • feeling worried about the past or future, or thinking that something bad will happen
  • stomach aches, muscle pain or headaches
  • dry mouth
  • pins and needles
  • fast, strong or irregular heartbeat
  • shortness of breath when you're feeling anxious

Panic or anxiety attacks aren't dangerous and are very common, they can be frightening, but they don't usually last too long, and the feelings will pass.

Anxiety can be the main symptom of several conditions, including:

Although feelings of anxiety at certain times are completely normal, see your GP if anxiety is affecting your daily life or causing you distress.

Things you can do +

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  • Talk to someone who you trust, this could be a friend, family member, healthcare professional or counselor.
  • Try some breathing and/or grounding exercises (there's a quick meditation below you can listen to).
  • Exercise, this could be going for a walk, run, swim, practicing yoga or something else you enjoy doing to get active.
  • Listen to music you find relaxing.
  • Keep a diary of what happens when you start to feel anxious and also what works well for you when you're feeling that way, this can help you find patterns of what's causing you to feel anxious and what you can do to help yourself.
  • Find and engage in some peer support, this could be connecting with support groups, forums and helplines, which you can find here.

Quick Anxiety Meditation +

Who can help? +

If you feel that you or someone you know could be suffering with anxiety then you can always go to your GP for help; your GP will be able to refer you over to someone who can help you get treatment. You can also self-refer yourself to services that help with Mental Health Challenges to get treatment.

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NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Talking Therapies - (Self-Refer) - Offer support to those aged 17 and over via a range of brief supported self-help and talking therapy options. The service usually helps people with mild to moderate mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, phobias or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. You can self-refer to the service by calling 0300 300 0055 or you can self-refer here.

The Primary Care Mental Health Service (PCMHS) is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). We provide local specialist mental health support for anyone between 17-65 years of age within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and to support GPs in the treatment of mental health issues in primary care. For more information check out our leaflet here.

Cameo (Self-Refer) - Cameo is an early intervention service for psychosis. The service provides support for individuals, families, carers and friends. Cameo is funded and provided by CPFT (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust). 

Recovery Coach Team - (Self-Refer) - A service available to help offer support for people who have accessed secondary services and about to be discharged back to primary care (GP). Their contact details are and their website link.

Recovery College East - The Recovery College East runs courses designed to help you in your Recovery. The details and prospectus can be found on their website.

CPFT (Self-Refer) - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust - provide several services for people with mental health challenges:

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CPSL MIND - (Self-Refer) - CPSL Mind is a mental health charity which promotes positive wellbeing across our communities and supports people on their road to recovery from a wide range of mental health challenges. They offer online support, community initiatives to connect people, counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, peer support groups, Perinatal services and opportunities to get involved with training, volunteering, campaigning and fundraising. Click here for info on their GoodLife service and here to view their timetable of GoodLife service group programmes.

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Good Life Service - (Self-Refer) - The Good Life Service focuses on individual strengths and skills. It encourages peer support and community connectivity and is available to adults aged 18 upwards living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It has something for everyone, regardless of whether or not you have a diagnosed mental health problem. Click here for info on their GoodLife service and here to view their timetable of GoodLife service group programmes.

University Good Life Project (Self-refer)- CPSL Mind in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge are offering wellbeing support for students in the form of Good Mood Cafes, Open Door calm spaces and mental health information sessions. The project supports students to build connections with other students, learn self-help techniques, connect to personal strengths and get access to further support if needed. Download the leaflet here.

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Lifeline - Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Crisis and Support Helpline, freephone 0808 808 2121 11am-11pm, 365 days a year.

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Kooth (11- 18 year olds, up to 19th Birthday) (Self-Refer) - Kooth is a confidential and anonymous online service for young people, specifically developed to make it easy and safe for young people to access mental health support as and when they need it, while removing any associated stigma. Once signed up, Kooth users have access to BACP trained counsellors available until 10pm, 365 days a year, peer-to-peer support through moderated forums, and a range of self-help materials, co-written by other young people. Any young person aged 11 – 18 with a Cambridgeshire or Peterborough postcode can access the service for free.

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The Cogwheel Trust (Self-Refer) - The Cogwheel Trust provides counselling support for adults and young people aged 6-16 years in Cambridge and the surrounding areas. Parents can refer their child into the service which is based in Cambridge. The Cogwheel Trust is a charity and it asks for donations towards appointments based on income. To find out more visit their website or call 01223 464385.

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Arts and Minds - Arts on Prescription is a series of friendly, weekly art workshops for people experiencing depression, anxiety and/or other mental health problems. Led by a professional artist and a qualified counsellor, they offer the chance to experience working with a wide range of materials and techniques, including drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Sessions last for two hours and are open to all abilities – no experience necessary – and offer the opportunity to work on something creative, stimulating and absorbing with the aim of increasing well-being. A ‘hands-on art workshop’ is a good description of Arts on Prescription, it is important to understand that it is not art therapy, although participants find it therapeutic!  The counsellor is there in case anything comes up, which sometimes happens, but generally, the artist and counsellor co-facilitate the workshop by taking part in the creative activities alongside the participants. For more information on how to be referred to the service visit the website.

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Make Do andMend (Self-Refer) - Make Do and Mend provide workshops for people who experience mental distress. These workshops aim to promote recovery by developing self-esteem through developing skills. Workshops include areas such as candle making, guitar and cookery. There is a small membership fee to join Make Do and Mend.

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Everyturn Mental Health (previously Insight) - (Self-Refer) Free, confidential NHS Talking Therapies that you can refer yourself to. Call 0300 555 0888 or online

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Lifecraft - Lifecraft is a user-led organisation for adults in the Cambridge area who have experience of mental health difficulties in their lives. Services include creative activities, recovery groups, social activities and employment and volunteering opportunities. Lifecraft also have an Information Hub, a counselling service and Lifeline a Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Crisis and Support Helpline, freephone 0808 808 2121 11am-11pm, 365 days a year.

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Everyone Health - Everyone Health have several services available:

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Healthy You - are a free service for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents who are looking to make changes to their lifestyle. So, whether you want help to stop smoking, lead a more active lifestyle, lose some weight, or simply take advantage of the NHS Health Checks we offer, Healthy You – funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council – can help you.

CCC is now Evolve Counselling | Cambridge Network Evolve Counselling (Self-Refer) - is a mental health charity providing affordable counselling and related services to organisations and to those in the local community who either can't afford to pay market rates or wait for a GP appointment, ensuring a lack of funds is no barrier to getting help. They supports people with a wide variety of problems; including anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, critical or chronic illness, disability, life change and many more.

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Richmond Fellowship (Cambridge Employment Service) - (Self-Refer) - We’re a specialist employment service providing support for people recovering from mental health problems to find paid employment, voluntary work, education and training or to retain their current employment.

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Illuminate (Self-Refer) - Illuminate is a registered charity, providing coaching and personal development courses throughout the East of England. Based in Cambridge we help people who have experienced a setback including mental ill health, and are unemployed or on a minimal income. Through our work we rebuild self-confidence, enabling sustainable positive changes, improving lives for the better.

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Frazzled Café (Self-Refer) - Frazzled Cafe is a registered charity that operates with the purpose of providing a safe, anonymous and non-judgemental environment where people who are feeling frazzled can meet on a regular basis to talk and share their personal stories. Frazzled Cafe is for the four-in-four feeling frazzled and overwhelmed by the stresses of modern life. With the support of Marks & Spencer we are currently running fortnightly Frazzled Cafe meetings in Brighton, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London (Marble Arch, Victoria & Stratford), Newcastle, Norwich and Wolstanton in Staffordshire. Please bear in mind that these meetings are not therapy sessions. If you are currently suffering from serious mental illness it may not be appropriate to attend.

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People & Animals (Self-Refer) - Provides animal and land-based therapeutic interventions, activities, education and skills development opportunities for children, young people and adults to support and enhance the physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals and the wider community. Creating opportunities for excluded and vulnerable people to engage, driving social change, supporting coordinated community action in economically marginalized, isolated communities. We utilize the non-threatening appeal of animals and nature-based activities to overcome barriers faced, regardless of physical or learning disability, mental health challenges, age, culture, economic status or background.

  MyHealth Cambridgeshire & Peterborough App - The MyHealth app provides up-to-date information about the locations and opening times of a range of health services in the area, including some mental health services. Search for ‘MyHealth Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’ in the Android or Apple app store to download.

Group Therapy Centre

Group Therapy Centre - The Group Therapy Centre is a long-established, not-for-profit, psychological treatment service, and is unique in providing both short and long-term group therapy. We treat a wide variety of conditions ranging from Depression and Anxiety to more serious conditions such as Bipolar and Personality Disorders. We offer CBT, Schema and Long term open ended group therapy. CBT services are free, other services incur a fee based on ability to pay.

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Head To Toe Charity - With your support, Head to Toe can help our amazing NHS staff to provide even better care and treatment, while raising public understanding of the challenges experienced by the people that CPFT serve. Every penny you give will enhance the services that CPFT provides and support people of all ages receiving mental health, community and social care across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

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#ANDYSMANCLUB - (Self-refer) - ANDYSMANCLUB are real, non judgmental, talking groups for men. We are the creators of the viral #ITSOKAYTOTALK movement, and hold meetings every week, that we are open every Monday 7-9pm except bank holidays in over 150 locations across the UK. Email at 

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How Are You Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - is a website that brings together everything in the local Peterborough community that is good for mental wellbeing. It includes activities from yoga to singing, sports clubs to arts groups, places to talk or get a cup of tea, plus information about local professional mental health support.

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Sew Positive - Sewing, Sewcialise, Mending and Upcycling. We offer a term-time weekly drop in and other creative courses - some on Social Prescription - using sewing for people experiencing depression, anxiety and/or other mental health problems, and people who face social isolation. Led by a creative tutor and volunteers, we offer the chance to learn and work with a wide range of materials and techniques, including sashiko, boro (slow stitching and repair), visible mending, upcycling, basic sewing machine skills, embroidery, making a lampshade from upcycled fabrics, textile art and reducing textile waste. Sessions usually last for two hours and are open to all abilities – no experience necessary – you will work on something creative, stimulating and absorbing to increase well-being. For more information on our services visit our website or Linktree.

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PoetsIN is an award-winning charity with one simple goal – to help those in need heal, learn, and grow with the power of words delivered through a UK-wide programme of online and in-person creative writing workshops, mentorship programs, and listening programs.

*Some information gathered from and the services listed.


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