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Accessing Support

It's important that you know where and how to access support for yourself should you need it. Please see the list of links below to help you find what you need.

  • Supporting Our People - an NHS service developed in collaboration with the RCGP. Primary Care staff will be able to register via an online platform to book individual coaching to support their needs
  • Every Mind Matters - a national Public Health England campaign, which has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. Answer five quick questions to get your free Mind plan, which offers tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood, and feel more in control. This has been updated recently to include advice to those who are worried about coronavirus and maintaining their mental health
  • NHS Employers Health, Safety and Wellbeing - wellbeing support for NHS employers including; working from home, fatigue, supporting vulnerable workers and infection control
  • BMA Wellbeing Support Services - counselling and peer support from the BMA
  • Frontline19 - free online mental health and emotional wellbeing services to support frontline workers at all times, and especially during this pandemic. Connect with a qualified psychologist, psychotherapist, or counsellor on Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime

If you use Twitter, we have gathered together some pages which may be helpful if you are in need of support:

  • You Okay, Doc? - The Mental Health and Wellbeing Charity For Doctors.
  • Doctors in Distress - Supporting the mental wellbeing of UK healthcare workers through facilitated peer support groups, webinars, and creative projects
  • BMA Wellbeing - Here to support all UK doctors and medical students with a range of confidential services and information.
  • You Are Not A Frog - Podcast for GPs, hospital doctors, and professionals in high stress jobs.
  • Doc Support Network - For UK doctors & med students with mental health concerns - peer support to improve your own mental health.
  • NHS Practitioner Health - Treatment for NHS staff with mental health/addiction issues England-wide - tel: 0300 0303 300.
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists - Improving the lives of people affected by mental illness.
  • Mind - Fighting for mental health – for support, for respect, for you.
  • Anxiety UK - The UK's leading anxiety charity
  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) - United against suicide. Helpline and webchat open 5pm-12am: 0800 58 58 58.
  • Beat - The UK's eating disorder charity.
  • Rethink Mental Illness - Leading the way to a better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.
  • Heads Together - Let’s get our #HeadsTogether to change the conversation on mental health!
  • Time To Change - Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated and ashamed. We want to change the way people think and act about mental health problems.
  • Samaritans - Free helpline is available round-the-clock on 116 123.
  • SANE - No-one affected by mental illness should face crisis, distress, or despair completely alone.
  • The Blurt Foundation - Helping those affected by depression
  • Healthy Place - Trusted information on psychological disorders and treatments, plus mental health support.
  • Mental Health First Aid England - A social enterprise with a vision to improve the mental health of the nation.
  • Mental Health Foundation - The UK's charity for everyone's mental health, promoting good mental health for all.
  • Mental Health Today - News, features, discussion and campaigns from Mental Health Today
  • The Mighty - A place where people facing health challenges come together to connect and share stories.

Some 'feel good' Twitter sites to visit:

  • Action for Happiness - Movement of people building a happier society by making positive changes in their homes, schools, workplaces and local communities.
  • Everyday Mindfulness - The journey is the destination.

See also our Practical and Financial Support links.