Doctor and patient talking

If you or someone you know has health problems which are causing concern, impacting on your lifestyle and affecting your relationships with friends and family, it may be helpful to talk to a trained counsellor.

Seeking help

Talking about your concerns may help you feel more in control of the situation.

If you have been referred for cardiac rehabilitation, you can discuss your health concerns with one of the nurses.

You can also speak to your GP, who may be able to refer you to a counsellor via the NHS. The services available near you, and the length of time you will have to wait to access them, can vary depending on where you live. You can find out what services are available near you on the NHS website.

You may also want to contact the following organisations for lists of approved therapists. Be aware that there may be a charge to see therapists listed on these websites:

  • Counselling Directory - Counselling Directory is a website providing a support network of UK counsellors and psychotherapists, with information on their training and experience, areas of counselling, fees and contact details.

Other mental health organisations

The following organisations can also provide help and support:

  • Samaritans - Samaritans offers confidential emotional support for anyone who wants to talk to someone supportive and non-judgemental. Call the helpline (24 hours): 08457 90 90 90 or email Samaritans.
  • Anxiety UK helpline - To speak to someone about your anxiety call 08444 775774 (open 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Relate - For relationship and family counselling and advice: in person, online and by phone. Call 0300 100 1234.

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