If you would benefit from professional psychological support, we offer a confidential counselling service. You can access counselling sessions via phone, Zoom or for those within travelling distance to Altrincham, face to face.
You don’t have to cope alone
Self-help has helped lots of pharmacists. However, for many people who are struggling with their wellbeing and mental health, accessing support can be really important.
Wellbeing and mental health help can include emotional support, counselling, support groups, coaching and many other things. It may be focused on your work as a pharmacist, your personal life, or a mix. Some support is tailored for health professionals and other support is more general.
This page provides information about where you can find mental health and wellbeing support. The support options outside of Pharmacist Support may also be available to members of the pharmacy team who are not eligible for our services.
- How can I get help?
- Where can I get help?
- Pharmacist Support
- GP and NHS
- Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs)
- Student wellbeing support through universities
- Healthcare staff wellbeing support (available also for trainees)
- General wellbeing and mental health support
- Private wellbeing support
There are different ways pharmacists can get help for their mental health and wellbeing.
For example, if you feel you may benefit from a diagnosis and treatment, you may wish to speak to your NHS GP. Or if you would prefer to seek this type of help outside the NHS, you could look into private medical help through a doctor or psychiatrist.
Many people are more interested in seeking support for how they are feeling rather than accessing a diagnosis or medical treatment. Some of these options may be available for free through charities such as Pharmacist Support, others may be available to pay for privately.
Below we have listed a few key places where pharmacists, pharmacy students and trainees may be able to access wellbeing and mental health support. This is not an exhaustive list and we may add to this as our website develops. Some services may only be available to specific pharmacy sectors or countries.
In addition to our wellbeing workshops, we currently offer three direct wellbeing support services that have helped many pharmacists, pharmacy students and trainee pharmacists. Details of these services are below.
Counselling (for psychological and emotional support)
We are able to provide direct psychological support for those who are experiencing mental health issues. These sessions are available through our counselling partnership.
The counsellors are there to help you deal with a variety of issues. By seeking constructive help, you may identify ways of addressing the root causes of your concerns in order to help you to cope.
You can access counselling by filling in a self-referral form.
Listening Friends (for peer support)
Our Listening Friends service offers you the choice of speaking in confidence and anonymously to one of our trained volunteer pharmacists. The peer support provides you with an opportunity to talk about the stresses or pressures working in or studying pharmacy may be causing you. Our volunteers do not provide advice, but they recognise the pressures of pharmacy practice and will offer you the time and space to talk through those issues to try to find clarity. They can also sign post you to other organisations who can provide further specialised help and support.
We provide addiction support to individuals experiencing problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, eating disorders or other types of dependency. Our Addiction Support service also helps family members and others supporting someone with addiction.
Please note our wellbeing support services cannot provide emergency support. Should you require urgent assistance, we recommend you contact the Samaritans, your GP or visit your local A&E department. Our wellbeing services are not a replacement for speaking with your GP if you have any concerns about your health.
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.
Many employees can access free wellbeing support through their employer. This could include emotional support or counselling through an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
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.
- The NHS confidential text support service 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. It is free to access by texting FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7.
- 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.
- Health for Health Professionals Wales offers a free, confidential service that provides NHS staff, students and volunteers in Wales with access to various levels of mental health support. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
England and Wales
- Mind The charity Mind has lots of information and support 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 email@example.com
If you can afford it, there may be some great paid options. Benefits of private support or treatment can include not having to go through the NHS, which can mean 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: