A comprehensive guide to free and paid services to support you working on your mental wellbeing.
“The Sanctus Directory”
noun, trademark; a telephone and website directory listing businesses and other organisations relating to mental wellbeing support.
The Sanctus Directory of Mental Wellbeing Services is a list of resources curated by us to help you find the help, support, organisation or practitioner you need for your mental wellbeing needs.
We believe in treating your mental wellbeing just like you do your physical health and that everyone has a right to be able to access the appropriate support for them.
Sanctus is the Gym and Sanctus Coaches are the Personal Trainers, yet as we all know, not everyone needs or wants a Personal Trainer (or even going to the gym at all!) all the time.
Sometimes we need more ongoing and specific support for our mental wellbeing than a Coach or a Gym can provide. To extend the analogy to physical health: sometimes we need a Doctor or sometimes we need a Physio, the same applies for our mental wellbeing.
We know how hard it can be to find the right support, let alone accessing or affording it. So we’ve made a considered effort to curate a list to cover a wide range of mental wellbeing needs in an affordable and accessible way. Woes about your financial health are the last thing you need when you’re looking to support your mental wellbeing.
We’ve created The Sanctus Directory to help you find the right support for you.
These lines allow you to speak freely to someone over the phone to help you deal with your current situation. They are all confidential, anonymous and free of charge.
If you are looking for more support and would like to speak to a therapist, counsellor or practitioner, then the below provide low-cost alternatives to seeking private therapy and counselling directly.
If you are unsure of exactly what type of support you need or what practitioner you’d like to build a relationship with, then we’d recommend you jump to Section 8; “Definitions” to better understand the various types of support and practitioners out there. To find other counsellors/psychotherapists, please see section 6.
If you are looking for support around what you believe is a niche or specialised challenge particular to you, then some of the below specialist services may resonate based on what you’re going through.
If you are looking for support specifically around addiction, then some of these organisations might be right for you.
In our lifetime, it is very likely that a friend, colleague, family member or someone we know will be struggling with their mental health and we may want to help support them. Below is a list of resources to help you have those conversations if you feel you need to. We do also have our own resource on this.
Finding the right mental health professional for you privately can be difficult and it can feel a bit like the wild west. Before you begin reaching out, we recommend you skim down to our ‘Definitions’ section. Remember, shop around to see who you feel you have the best connection with, it’s an important decision and intimate relationship which can have a huge impact when you get it right.
We know the world of mental health can be a little confusing; acronyms, psycho-whatsamajigs, therapies, diagnoses, labels and much more. It can feel scary too. The last thing you need when you’re exploring your mental health is to feel confused or concerned that you’re going to pick the wrong type of support or relationship, especially when there’s money involved.
We’ve created a list of the following definitions to help you figure out what’s right for you. Please go through each section.
Will have training in both the theory and practice of how to work with a variety of people with a wide range of emotional distress and whose lives may be affected by both external factors (job loss, bereavement) and internal issues (low self-esteem, anxiety).
They are closely related and the skills and knowledge needed are very similar. Counsellors are somewhat more likely to do shorter-term work focusing on particular problems such as addiction and bereavement, while psychotherapists often encourage a deeper, longer term and more fundamental process of change in clients who seem to require it.
The most common form of therapy on NHS. It aims to help you change the way you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). Rather than looking at past causes, it focuses on current problems and practical solutions to help you feel better now.
Your therapist will help you identify and challenge any negative thinking so you can deal with situations better and behave in a more positive way. CBT can be helpful for depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and managing long term conditions.
Uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, or sound, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
EMDR allows a client to process an emotional experience that he/she cannot yet talk about, yet following a EMDR session find an ability to talk about it freely. Most importantly, it can eliminate stress surrounding the traumatic event, with the purpose of allowing new life in the once traumatized and emotionally difficult memory.
A comprehensive approach which incorporates aspects of humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic therapy. It categorises the human personality into three states — Parent, Adult and Child — which can help you understand how you interact with others.
Therapists also look at how your beliefs and the way you interpret the world around you can create recurrent and problematic patterns of behaviour, and will work with you to help you to change.