There is a range of organisations, services and websites which can offer help. Whether you are struggling with addiction or looking for legal advice, find signposts to support.
If you are looking for local support, you can also access our directory of wellbeing support services around the UK, specifically for doctors and medical students.
NHS web page linking to alcohol support services (non-medic specific).
A service for recovering alcoholic and drug dependent doctors, dentists and students.
NHS web page linking to drug support services (non-medic specific).
NHS web page linking to gambling support services (non-medic specific).
Support and help for doctors, dentists and medical students who are concerned about their use of alcohol and other drugs.
A useful NHS guide to coping with grief and loss (non-medic specific).
Supporting the mental wellbeing of medical practitioners and doctors’ families bereaved by suicide.
Counselling and support
Balint groups help health and social care professionals gain a better understanding of the emotional content of their relationship with patients or clients. Search for the ones currently accepting members.
Search for counsellors and psychotherapists in your area (non-medic specific).
Confidential, 24/7 telephone counselling and peer support. Free of charge to all doctors and medical students.
A confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors. Fees are based on a sliding scale relating to your grade and circumstances.
A fully confidential, friendly, self-help group for doctors with mental health concerns.
Wellbeing support via online consultation for NHS workers to go to for instant help and support when they need it most.
A free, confidential service now available to all Health Professionals and Healthcare Students working in NHS Wales.
A free, confidential service for doctors and dentists in England who have mental or physical health concerns and or addiction problems, in particular where this may be affecting work.
Free psychological therapies, including counselling, on the NHS. Search for services in your area and refer yourself directly (non-medic specific).
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 (non-medic specific).
Find disability information and support services near you (non-medic specific).
Supports the welfare, rights and inclusion of chronically ill and physically disabled doctors and medical students.
A support group for doctors with disabilities.
Association of LGBT Doctors and Dentists. Offers help/support/advice or simply the opportunity to make social contact with other lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender doctors and dentists.
Promoting diversity in medicine, widening aspirations and aiding career progression. Supporting African and Caribbean aspiring medics, medical students and doctors in the UK.
The voice of UK medical women on medical issues. Improving the working lives of women doctors.
A group of charities established to help all doctors and their families in times of need.
A charity for doctors who are, or have been, general practitioners, and for their dependants. It offers help in times of poverty, hardship or distress. The Fund aims to meet the needs of its beneficiaries in the fullest and most practical ways possible.
UK charity for doctors, medical students and their families. Provide financial support, money advice and information when needed due to age, ill health, disability and bereavement.
A medical benevolent charity which assists UK medical practitioners and their dependants who find themselves in financial hardship.
Membership society assisting doctors and the families of doctors in times of hardship.
Independent, proactive legal advice for members and non-members. BMA Law’s expert team offer a wide range of services to support doctors at work and at home; from dispute resolution and GMC investigation support, to estate planning and personal injury. All services are offered at preferential rates to BMA members.
Medical Defence Union (for MDU members only)
Provides expert help and advice on medico-legal and ethical matters including handling complaints, claims and GMC cases. It is staffed by a team of medico-legal advisers.
Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (for MDDUS members only)
Supports members with complaints made by patients against them or who are facing disciplinary matters from their employing trust. A highly qualified team of medical and dental professionals gives advice and guidance.
Information and support for doctors who have a hearing as part of a GMC investigation.
Medical Protection Society (for MPS members only)
Provides comprehensive professional indemnity and expert advice to doctors, dentists and health professionals around the world.
Professional support units
There are local services provided by your postgraduate education provider that can support you with your health and wellbeing during your training.
Find these in our UK wellbeing support directory.
Information and guidance on your wellbeing from the Association of Anaesthetists.
Telephone helpline from the Royal College of Surgeons which provides a point of personal contact between surgeons, where they can discuss issues of concern with a professional colleague or peer. Besides offering a listening ear, the helpline acts as an informed signpost to appropriate sources of advice and help.
Informal peer to peer support service for members who are looking for guidance from their peers on workplace issues, interpersonal difficulties, return to work options or non-clinical concerns.
An excellent source of information; from fact sheets on specific mental health issues, and supporting someone with a mental health condition to training to become a mental health professional.
A confidential support and advice telephone helpline to for Members or Associates of the College. It covers addictions, bullying and harassment, career pathway, discrimination, examinations, involvement with the General Medical Council or the National Clinical Assessment Service - this is not an exhaustive list.
Represents the interests of women doctors to government and national bodies, bringing together women trying to advance their medical careers.
An app to support doctors and medical students in their decision-making about whether to speak to someone about their mental health.
Professional skills and career development modules which give insightful and practical guidance.
NHS People guides
Short 10-20 minute guides to improve your wellbeing and experience of work.
Advice from the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund on a variety of subjects regarding your health and wellbeing.
Information, guidance and signposting to help with the impact of patient safety incidents.
Information and advice from the GMC for doctors who have concerns about their own health.
Advice, guidance and discussion on mental health and wellness topics for doctors. You Okay, Doc? offer information, practical tips and community discussion through their podcast, social media guidance and blog. YOD also run a webinar series which explores and provides guidance on various mental health challenges facing doctors.
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