You can get free psychological therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) on the NHS.
You don't need a referral from your GP, though your GP can refer you for CBT if you would prefer.
Let’s Talk - Primarily offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a talking therapy that has been proven to be effective in managing anxiety and depression. CBT helps you manage your problems by helping you to make changes to the way you think and behave. You can access the service directly via the website or by telephone - 0800 073 2200
You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service by telephone:
Cotswold Counselling Service - 01285 885830.
Gloucestershire Counselling Service - 01453 766310
Listening Post Counselling Service - 01242 256060
Please see the NHS Counselling page for more information on types of counselling and psychological therapy, what is available in your area, and where else you can find help and support.
Mind - Mental Health Charity
It's common for women to experience mental ill health for the first time in pregnancy. Women may feel more vulnerable and anxious, and some may develop depression.
If you have had severe mental ill health in the past, or have it now, you're more likely to become ill during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth than at other times in your life. Severe mental ill health includes bipolar affective disorder, severe depression and psychosis.
Some women with a history of severe mental illness remain well during pregnancy – everyone is different, with triggers for becoming unwell. It's useful to plan for all situations.
Please see here for more information on perinatal mental health problems and the NHS support available.
Below is a list of contacts that may also be useful.
SANDS - Stillbirth and neonatal bereavement support group
Dads Matter UK - suffering with, or worried about, Depression, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)