The need to help people with anxiety

Increasing numbers of people are requiring medication, counselling and therapeutic treatments to help them tackle stress and anxiety, one doctor has told the Guardian. Dr Tracey Lucas, a GP from Washington, Tyne and Wear, explained the gap between those in need of help and the NHS's ability to meet demand is widening.

The expert stated practitioners are seeing an increase in cases of mild depression and although this may not always require one-to-ones with a counsellor, there are not enough "tools available" for the health service to give patients the opportunity to deal with their condition.

One way people can manage their depression is by using a free website entitled Moodscope, which enables users to keep a record of the way they are feeling and share it with loved ones.

"It's not necessarily a GP or counsellor, but someone close to the user, who they trust," Dr Lucas explained.

Dr Cecilia d'Felice, a Chartered Psychologist, says it is essential psychology professionals do all they can to support those suffering as a result of the stress of making ends meet - especially while frontline services are becoming more stretched.

"The more psychologists work with our communities generating the understanding each and every one of us need to progress skilfully through life, the more our remaining services can flourish," she stated."