Mental Health Awareness Week 12-18 May 14

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Confide has put together a guide setting out a series of handy hints and tips to help local residents ease the symptoms of one of the most common mental health problems which, according to a recent survey published by the Mental Health Foundation, affects almost 1 in 5 people who feel anxious ‘nearly all of the time’. The survey also reported that anxiety has heightened and become more widespread in recent years due to worries about money, job security, the future of public services and the threat of terrorism.

Helen Scholes Director of Confide said: “Feeling anxious is a normal emotion that we all experience and in small doses can help us respond to stressful or dangerous situations by motivating us and improving our performance. However, when anxiety becomes chronic it can develop into anxiety disorders, phobias and panic attacks which are really distressing and have a very negative impact on people’s lives. Often anxiety goes untreated and can become overwhelming. Our team of specialist counsellors understand what causes anxiety and how to develop coping strategies to deal with it, so to help people take control, we have put together a series of suggestions that could help ease the often unbearable symptoms.”

The guide, which can be downloaded in a user-friendly PDF format, provides ten helpful hints to combat the symptoms of anxiety, ranging from healthy eating and exercise, to understanding your triggers and learning relaxation techniques. It also outlines some common causes of anxiety and how to spot the signs of anxiety.

We would encourage anyone that thinks they may have persistent anxiety to visit their local GP, who will carry out a thorough assessment and may suggest treatments such as counselling, CBT or medication.”

Download the free guide  Self Help Tips for Anxiety

December 7th 2013


Confide volunteers raised over £250 at The Cooperative Supermarket at Radbrook in Shrewsbury.

We would like to thank the staff and customers at Radbrook for their generous support once again.

December 2013


Confide is aiming to raise funds this Christmas to help subsidise its Low Fee Counselling Service.  The service helps people in distress struggling with issues such as: losing a loved one, childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse, terminal health diagnoses and workplace bullying.

Due to the current economic climate, it has become increasingly difficult for Confide to attract grants to support its work.  In order to raise funds, we have signed up to - the leading UK good cause shopping website which has raised over £5 million for over 50,000 causes.  It is absolutely free to charities and their supporters.

It's a really simple process - supporters register at and nominate Confide as the cause they wish to support, then, whenever they shop through the site, the retailer gives a small percentage of what's been spent back to Confide to say thank you for shopping with them.  There are 2,700 retailers involved, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco

The website is very easy to use and many of our supporters are planning on doing their Christmas shopping online through easyfundraising to raise as much money as possible, so that the valuable work we do can continue.