Remember that asking for help and involving others can be particularly challenging for people experiencing anxiety, and in some cases, it will cause increased levels of anxiety.

A non-pressured, patient and flexible approach might be needed and offering to research and make some of the arrangements (with their permission) might be helpful too.

Suggestions that might work for the person experiencing anxiety include:

  •  Speak to a GP who will discuss the most appropriate treatment options. CBT is often used for anxiety and might be supported by medication (such as antidepressants or mild tranquillisers) to help reduce the anxiety caused by the therapy. CBT could be face-to-face, in a group setting or a self-guided or online programme.

This video gives more information on what CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is and how it works:

  • Services that allow us to self-refer to mental health services directly include the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service in England.
  • Talking Treatments / Therapies can be accessed via the health service, privately, or via a workplace scheme such as an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
  • You might find it helpful to suggest to the person that they complete a verified anxiety self-assessment quiz, such as this one from the NHS.

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