Mental Health and Counselling

Please see below for a wide array of offers targeted to mental health and wellbeing.

You may note that there may be multiple options that sound similar, but we would encourage you to explore any or all that you may feel are helpful to see what seems best suited to you. If you try one and it doesn’t seem to fit with your needs, then please consider other options as your experience may be different in each case.


Our NHS people

Can help with: mental health, financial worries, substance misuse, peer support

The offer: this is the main NHS staff support page for wide range of issues including stress, mental health, drug and alcohol, financial issues, self help, peer support.

Access: this can be offered via self help, telephone, text, access to other services and apps:

BMA Welbeing Service

Can help with: mental health, work related issues (formal and informal), drug and alcohol.

The offer: Counselling for doctors and medical students, GMC investigation support, psychotherapy for doctors. Large directory of wider support services for members.

Access: Doctors, medical students, partners and dependents (regardless of membership).

Calm harm

Can help with: self harm.

The offer: app offering task based support to help resist the urge to self harm.

Access: public.


Can help with: mental health.

The offer: daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation.

Access: NHS staff.


Can help with: mental health.

The offer: Free access to headspace mindfulness app to NHS employees until 31/03/2021

Access: NHS staff.

Medical Protection Society (MPS)

Can help with: Counselling, wellbeing assessment and support (via app)

The offer: Counselling, Wellbeing app (Ecare), webinars, “breaking the burnout cycle”.

Access: MPS members.

NHS Practitioner health

Can help with: Mental health, wellbeing.

The offer: Doctors common room and more. Video conference (zoom) based webinars multiple times per day. run twice daily on zoom for 75 mins. It is a positive place to come together, to connect and to establish a safe, containing space in which to think and reflect. Each session is hosted by experienced Practitioner Health clinicians. People can join the group when they wish and there is no expectation that people will attend every group.

Access: Doctors, dentists, medical students and retired doctors brought into clinical practice

NHS Staff support line

Can help with: mental health.

The offer: A confidential staff support line. You can call for support, signposting and confidential listening.

Access: NHS staff. 

Support Line: 0300 131 7000 OR text FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7 via text.

One you / Every mind matters (NHS)

Can help with: mental health, lifestyle, smoking.

The offer: Confidential online self assessment of mental and physical wellbeing with tailored suggestions to for achievable outcomes to guide self help. Covers stopping smoking, eating less, moving more, sleeping better, reducing stress.

Access: public

Think Wellbeing

Can help with: mental health.

The offer: Support for common mental health problems like mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress. We can help with other problems like panic attacks, phobias and post traumatic stress disorder. We also offer help to people with long term physical health conditions who experiencing symptoms of low mood, anxiety or depression.

Access: public (Wigan)


Can help with: mental health.

The offer: Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. Using scientifically backed assessments, tools and training you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfilment and nutrition.

Access: NHS staff until 31/03/21

Royal college of nursing

Can help with: Mental health, financial problems, immigration issues.

The offer: Career support, counselling (personal or work related issues), immigration assistance, Financial support, peer support and welfare advice.

Access: RCN members.


Can help with: mental health.

The offer: Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

Access: public. 

Support Line: 116 123.

NHS Practitioner health

Can help with: Mental health, Addiction.

The offer: online or telephone assessments and consultations via our network of clinicians and therapists. Support with bereavement, suicide, complaints, investigations.

Access: Doctors, dentists, medical students and retired doctors brought into clinical practice.

COVID-19 Resources

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