GP and NHS
Starting with your GP when looking for additional support can be a great first step. In England, another way you may be able to access NHS counselling is through self-referral. This is often done through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. You can begin the process of self-referral to see if a local IAPT service can help you on the NHS website.
Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs)
Many employees can access free wellbeing support through their employer. This could include emotional support or counselling through an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
Student wellbeing support through universities
Universities have a range of services to support student wellbeing. This differs from university to university. The best place to start will often be your university’s website. The charity Student Minds also has some information on where students can get help.
Healthcare staff wellbeing support (available also for trainees)
- The confidential staff support line operated by the Samaritans is there for when you’ve had a tough day, are feeling worried or overwhelmed, or maybe you have a lot on your mind and need to talk it through. Trained advisers can help with signposting and confidential listening. It is free to access from 7:00am – 11:00pm, seven days a week. You can call on 0800 069 6222 or you can text FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7 via text.
- Local NHS hubs provide mental health support to health care staff. The hubs are available for NHS staff, including those who are contracted to deliver NHS services, such as community pharmacists.
- The ‘Health for Health Professionals Wales’ has been extended during the pandemic from a doctors only service to be available to all pharmacy professionals. You can request support by filling in a self-referral form.
- Pharmacists and other healthcare staff in Scotland can seek support through the National Wellbeing Hub. To find out more you can contact the health and social care NHS 24 operated workforce mental wellbeing support line 24/7 on 0800 111 4191.6
General wellbeing and mental health support
All of Great Britain
- To access emotional support by talking to someone about how you feel, you can contact the Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123 or by emailing email@example.com
England and Wales
- Mind The charity Mind has lots of information for people who are looking to improve their mental health. Local Minds are independent charities, so services offered can vary depending on the area. You can search to see if there is a local Mind near to you by clicking here.
- Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) The SAMH Information Service provides information and support on mental health. You can contact SAMH on 0344 800 0550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Private wellbeing support
If you can afford it, there may be some great paid options. Benefits of private support or treatment include not having to go through the NHS, quicker access, and more specialist support. Although we cannot recommend one service over another, you can find a counsellor, therapist, or coach through professional bodies, such as: