Useful Information

OCD Action

This is the UK’s leading national charity that campaigns on behalf of individuals with OCD. They provide a helpline and an advocacy service as well as lots of downloadable information on best treatment, your rights, help for families, etc.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Wellbeing centre (I.A.P.T.)

This NHS service provides high intensity cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as recommended in the NICE guidelines for people living in North Staffordshire (Newcastle and Staffordshire Moorlands). You may self-refer to this service or your GP may refer you instead.

Healthy Minds Stoke-on-Trent (I.A.P.T.)

Like the equivalent Wellbeing service in Newcastle, Healthy Minds offers high intensity CBT for people registered with a GP in Stoke-on-Trent. You may self-refer to this service or your GP may you refer you instead.


It is not uncommon for people suffering with OCD for a long period of time to become extremely demoralised and in some cases very depressed. Where suicidal thoughts and urges are prevalent, it is important to contact your local GP or local community mental health team or in a crisis dial 999 for the emergency services. There is also the NHS 111 service the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or 01782 213555 (this number for people living in North Staffordshire).

The Access Team

Available to people living in North Staffordshire, the Access Team is the North Staffs Combined Healthcare Trust’s point of contact for mental health enquiries. They can arrange assessments and are, in addition to the Samaritans, a point of contact for anyone suffering a mental health crisis. They can be reached on 0300 123 0907.

Emotional Well Being in Staffordshire and Surrounds

The Emotional Well Being Service in Staffordshire and Surrounds (EWISS) provides the IAPT service for people living in South Staffordshire. They provide high-intensity CBT with particular emphasis on exposure and response-prevention (ERP) treatment. To access this service, you need a referral from your GP.