Listening Friends

Listening Friends is a free and confidential helpline staffed by trained volunteer pharmacists who provide a listening ear to fellow pharmacists and pharmacy students struggling with stress, or simply in need of a sympathetic, non-judgemental person to talk to.

The Role of the Listening Friend

Our Listening Friends peer support service provides callers with an opportunity to talk about the stresses or pressures working in or studying pharmacy may be causing them. Our volunteers do not provide advice, but they recognise the pressures of pharmacy practice and will offer the time and space to talk through those issues to try to find clarity. This may include directing the caller to more specialist help if needed. Volunteers are trained to offer support regarding the particular pressures that apply to pharmacy.

At the moment, we  are not actively recruiting, but we are gathering the details of all those who register interest and will be in touch in due course, .

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Further support

Further support

Help with stress

This page explores how we can understand stress and recognise our own personal warning signs, and ways we can deal with stress to help lead happier and more fulfilling lives.

Further support


Whilst it cannot eliminate life's pressures, mindfulness can be a good way of helping people to deal with them in a calmer manner that is beneficial to overall wellbeing.

Further support


We provide direct psychological support for those who are experiencing mental health issues. You can access up to twelve free counselling sessions via phone, Zoom or for those within travelling distance to Altrincham, face to face.