Triumph Over Phobia is a national charity that was established to provide support to people who experience phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related anxiety disorders. It uses an evidence-based self-help specialised pathway to aid people’s recovery. A helpline is available six days a week, which offers advice, information and signposting to including individuals, carers and family members, as well as health professionals. In addition, the charity facilitates a network of self-help groups across the UK. Currently there are nine, running weekly in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Plymouth, Southampton, Jersey, Guernsey and Torquay. There is also a ‘virtual’ group, three affiliated groups, and volunteers are in place to start further groups in other areas.
At the February 2020 Trustee meeting, a grant of £9,000 was agreed – offered as a three-year grant £3,000 per annum. This funding is provided as Triumph Over Phobia moves the minimum age it can support people from 18 to 16. This will allow vital continuity of service as young people make the transition from child to adult mental health services. The grant will help with costs relating to updating resources, additional training for volunteers and management time. Outcomes for beneficiaries include improved self-worth, confidence and wellbeing; improved mental and physical wellbeing; and improved family and work life, and ultimately a fulfilling role in the community