We are the

National Institutes for Stress, Anxiety, Depression & Behavioural Change.

We are a friendly, welcoming, non-governmental organisation operating globally – through the internet, through apps, through games, online clinics, and socially-distanced conferences and workshops.

We think people who need help in order to change what they do and don’t do are precious and just need
gentle, strong, reliable support.

We are a research organisation

Our biomedical research is currently being undertaken at Bedford, England and the University of Cambridge, England

Our emotional and cognitive wellbeing research is currently undertaken at Lund, Sweden, and Buckinghamshire, England.

Therapeutic story creation development is focussed in Dundalk, Republic of Ireland and the development of our free COVID-19 era programme #CertainAboutUncertainty is based at Newry, Northern Ireland.

We also have a research unit, for studying new solutions for stress-in-pregnancy and Type 2 diabetes, in Karnataka, India.

We have a products and services division called ELK.Health

ELK.Health’s product and service research currently centres on Edinburgh, Scotland – with its administration and sales, and some additional research, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The National Institutes for Stress, Anxiety, Depression & Behavioural Change (“NISAD”) are

7 foundations, associations and research centres working to a common goal. That goal is enabling everyone to access emotional healthcare.


National Institute for Changing Behaviours and Responses to Emotions (“NICBARE”)


National Institute for Better Understanding of Self-harming (“NIBUSH”)


The National Entrepreneurs’ Support Research Unit


National Institute for Research into Stress and Pregnancy (“NIRSAP”)


National Institute for Research into Type 2 Symptom Alleviation (“TYPE 2 Alleviation”)


National Institute for Research into Domestic and Work Stress (NIRDAWS)


The National Forcibly Displaced Children & Adults’ Research Unit

We don’t just research and create new ways to support people with too much stress, anxiety, or depression.

We know (because we see it every day) that being susceptible to these conditions means having difficulty changing behaviours which, often, are a major cause of them.

So what we are is:

“Experts at helping people change the behaviours they have that make them less well than they should be.”

Examples of the behaviours people have that often need our help are:


Being unhappy for no apparent reason

Feeling isolated

Eating more than we think we should

Drinking more than we think we should

Worrying more than we think we should

Feeling that we can’t cope

Feeling overwhelmed