Below are some of the sources of support we are aware of for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For a comprehensive list of wellbeing and mental health services for doctors, please visit our sources of support directory.
A group of airline crew providing support to NHS staff during the COVID-19 crisis.
A service for key workers and NHS, social care and volunteer organisations to be matched with medical student volunteers for non-clinical help such as errands, childcare, befriending and grocery shopping. Available UK wide.
NHS Staff support line
This is confidential staff support line, operated by the Samaritans and free to access from 7:00am – 11:00pm, seven days a week. This support line is here 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.
Call: 0300 131 7000
Alternatively, you can text FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7 via text.
SilverCloud is an online course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression. You work through a series of topics selected by a therapist to address specific needs. The eight-week course is designed to be completed in your own time and at your own pace.
Free therapy sessions for NHS workers from qualified therapists at Harley Therapy With over 250 five-star reviews, Harley Therapy is the place to book psychotherapy and counselling with the UK's top therapists.
National Health Supporters
National Health Supporters is a network of healthcare students around the country, who aim to assist with the needs of NHS staff to alleviate pressures on them including, but not exclusive to, childcare, grocery shopping and pet sitting during these difficult times.
Support for NHS leaders
A suite of support offers to help you lead your team compassionately and inclusively throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Includes coaching and mentoring, and leadership support circles.
Wellcome trust have built an official respite centre for local NHS staff responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It will see the ground floor of the Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, temporarily adapted for healthcare workers, offering a safe space for them to:
- have a change of scene from the hospital
- have a nap
- eat and drink
- get psychological health and wellbeing support.
Free mental health and well-being service for the NHS workforce. Project5 will give NHS staff access to free one-to-one support sessions with either accredited clinical psychologists, mental health experts or coaches, via an online booking system.
Welldoing.org therapists are offering free sessions to NHS staff. All therapists have been verified and are members of their appropriate professional bodies.
The Relational School
An online psychological support plan for all NHS staff involved in the current COVID-19 crisis
The Relational School is a group of counsellors and psychotherapists who have joined forces to offer free of charge psychological support to doctors, nurses, all other NHS staff who are engaged in the front line whilst facing the challenging realities of the COVID-19 crisis.
Frontline 19 free online wellbeing support
Mental health and emotional wellbeing support service set up by therapists to support frontline staff, working in partnership with Helpforce. Visit Frontline19.com to be quickly matched with a professional psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist offering free online sessions.
The Help Hub - for families & friends
The Help Hub has been set up to support members of the public who may need someone to talk to or listen to them at what is an anxious time for all of us. The network of therapists are aiming to provide a free service for as many people as possible by listening, supporting and helping where they can. This may be particularly useful if your family or friends are expressing anxieties and need someone to discuss these with, other than you.
Heather Wellbeing - Free Therapy & Wellbeing Support
Heather Wellbeing is providing free mental health and wellbeing support to NHS frontline staff fighting COVID-19.
Therapy is provided online and over the phone through Heather’s network of professional psychotherapists that are volunteering for this initiative. There are already over 200 fully qualified psychotherapists registered and ready to help.
Resilient Practice' was formed to raise awareness of the importance of personal resilience in modern life. We will show you how to measure your current resilience with our Resilience Gap Analysis and provide you with the opportunity to improve your self-awareness. You will learn about a range of practical skills from which you can create your own bespoke resilience toolkit.
It can be tough to unwind with all the coronavirus news in the background, and art projects can help block it out for a while. NHS Million teamed up with artists from around the UK to bring you lots of poster designs for you to print and colour in at home.
Provides a broad and comprehensive round up of resources, including links to specific Facebook support groups.
During COVID-19 we are offering enhanced wellbeing support online to doctors through:
- wellbeing workshops, trainings and webinars
- individual or group coaching and support
- facilitated peer support groups.
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