help with depression and anxiety

Many of us feel low or anxious sometimes. But when those feelings last for a while, or they keep coming back, they can start to control our lives and cause problems. These anxious or depressed feelings can make us feel hopeless, but studies have shown that we can take steps to mitigate and overcome these strong, negative emotions. They don’t have to stay with us forever.

In this section, we’re going to take a look at what can cause and exacerbate feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as how you can improve yours, both on your own and with the support of loved ones and professionals.

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what is anxiety and how can it affect you?

Feelings of anxiety can be triggered by many things. Sometimes they can crop up on us before we even know what’s happening. Let’s take a look at what anxiety is, what it looks like, and how it might affect you.


simple techniques to help you manage anxiety

Anxiety can often feel like it’s taking over your life, especially if the negative or critical voices in your head get really loud. There are steps you can take at home to mitigate those feelings, though. Here are just a few.

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depression: how to spot the signs and offer support

Depression is often used to describe someone having a bad day, or experiencing short-term low mood. But it’s much more than that. Here, we’ll take a look at the emotional, mental, and physical signs of depression so that you know what to look out for.

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how counselling can support you

One of the most common ways to treat anxiety and depression is counselling. But how does it work, and why does it work? Let’s break down what the process is like, and if it could benefit you.

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Who is eligible for support?

We support past and present members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)1, ACA students2, ICAEW staff members3, and the family and carers of members and students4

  1. No matter where your career takes you, past and present members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England Wales (ICAEW) are eligible for caba’s services for life, even if you change your career and leave accountancy 
  2. ACA students (ICAEW Provisional Members) who are either an active student or have been an active student within the last three years are eligible for caba's services 
  3. Past and present staff members of the ICAEW or caba are eligible for caba's services for life, even if you leave either organisation. Please note, for former employees, our financial support is only available to those who have had five years continuous employment with either organisation 
  4. Family members and carers of either an eligible past or present ICAEW member, ACA student or past or present employee of the ICAEW or caba are eligible for caba's support. We define a family member as a: 
    1. spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner 
    2. widow, widower or surviving civil partner who has not remarried or cohabiting with a partner 
    3. divorced spouse or civil partner who has not remarried or cohabiting with a partner 
    4. child aged up to 25. Please note, children aged between 16 and 25 are not eligible for individual financial support 
    5. any other person who is or was dependent on the eligible individual supporting them financially or are reliant on the eligible individual’s care 
    6. any other person on whom the eligible individual is reliant, either financially or for care 

You can find out more about our available support both in the UK and around the world on our support we offer  page. 

Are your services means tested?

If you need financial support, we carry out a means test where we consider income, expenditure, capital and assets.  

*Please note none of our other services are means tested. 

I’m an accountant, but not a member of ICAEW, can you still help?

Unfortunately not. We only support past and present ICAEW members, their carers and their families. If we are unable to support you, where possible we will point you to help elsewhere.

caba has supported me in the past; can I receive support from caba again?

We understand that circumstances change. If we’ve helped you in the past there’s no reason why we can’t help you again. You can contact us at any time. Please call us if you need our help.

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