If you experience a mental health crisis call 111 option 2 for advice.
Counselling / Therapy
Lawrence Way Community House – tel no 01223 425419 (answerphone)
Free time-limited counseling if you live in the following electoral wards: Arbury, East Chesterton, Abbey or King’s Hedges.
Brief ‘CBT’ for anxiety, Couples counseling, They also run anger management courses twice a year, Centre 33 (counseling for under 25s) 01223 316488, Bereavement CRUSE 01223 302662
Group Therapy Centre, 3 Downing Place 357221 - £9 / session in the evening.
Relate, 3 Brooklands Avenue - 01223 357424 (also offer psychosexual therapy) Website
Cogwheel Trust (work with couples and families) 01223 464385.
Family & divorce centre (mediation) 01223 576308/9
Jeanette Josse (Individual, Marital and Family Therapist) 01223 460122
General Counselling - Parkside 01223 242029, Cambridge Consultancy 01223 415039
Norfolk St cafe / resource centre. 47-51 Norfolk St. Delicious lunches! Click here
Anxiety and depression
There is good evidence that one of the best treatments for anxiety and depression is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Click here to access an online computerised CBT course written by a team of UK psychologists.
Moodgym is an Australian award-winning on-line CBT program. One study showed an improvement of 4.0 points on depression scale compared to 1.0 with placebo intervention).
If you would prefer to have supervised CBT then you could see Jo De Bono (07789 646974) & Paul Delderfield (07748 504474) privately.
Phobics Society is a first class resource with questionnaires & links
Detailed self-help workbooks:
Anxiety / depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (e.g. difficult birth)
Shyness & Social Anxiety
"I'm tired all the time doctor" / Chronic Fatique Syndrome
Available from the Mental Health Info link at The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Excellent books on depression:
Greenberger - Mind Over Mood
Gilbert - Overcoming Depression (local libraries have several copies of these two books which can be reserved for you) http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/library/
Prevention of teenage suicide written both for young people and their parents: Papyrus (0870 170 4000)
Visit patient access https://patient.info/health for information on a range of mental health issues.
One study showed that St Johns Wort 900 mg/d can be upto 12% more effective than paroxetine in depression – you MUST speak to your doctor before starting any herbal remedies.
Natrasleep (Vallerian) helps with sleep but can take several weeks to work. Take 600mg alcohol-based valerian extract at night for 4 weeks.
In addition - try the sedative antihistamine Nytol (blue box) available from most pharmacies.