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Student mental health awareness

Over 30% of medical students experience mental health problems, 80% of them struggle to get support (Student BMJ, 2015).

To mark mental health awareness week (8th – 14th May) events are taking place in medical schools throughout the UK as part of the mental health campaign. Our aim is to help medical students understand that feelings such as stress, anxiety or depression should not be ignored. However big or small you believe your problems are, they need to be talked about.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to listen when someone needs it most.


  • Mental health awareness week

    Mental health awareness week took place from 8-14 May 2017.

    See a roundup of our #knowmentalhealth campaign

    Show your support on Twitter

    Follow and share your mental health tweets using the #knowmentalhealth hashtag.

  • Who can I call?

    Student mental health awareness

    BMA counselling and doctor advisory service

    Any medical student can access BMA Counselling, regardless of whether you’re a member. The confidential, anonymous hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Counsellors are all members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and there’s no limit to the number of calls you can make and you can always guarantee you speak to the same counsellor.

    Call our counsellors any time– 0330 123 1245


    Doctor’s advisory service

    The Doctor Advisor service runs alongside BMA Counselling giving doctors and medical students in distress or difficulty the choice of speaking in confidence to another doctor.

    If you wish to use the service call 0330 123 1245 and ask to speak to a Doctor Advisor - you will be given the name of a doctor to contact and details of their availability.

    This is not an emergency service and if you find yourself in such a situation, please get appropriate help from either your own GP or usual medical advisor.

    Doctor advisors do not provide diagnoses or treatment, although inevitably any interaction will have a therapeutic aspect.

    As with BMA Counselling, once you have made contact with a particular Doctor Advisor you may contact them as many times as you feel necessary and there is no limit on how long you stay in touch for.

  • Who else can help?


    Campaign Against Living Miserably, or CALM, is a registered charity based in England. It was launched in March 2006 as a campaign aimed at bringing the suicide rate down among men.

    Services available:

    Call the CALM helpline for advice and support between 5pm and midnight, 365 days a year.

    0800 58 58 58

    0808 802 58 58

    Webchat – Opening hours are 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year.

    Find help near you (Greater London only) – this includes a search function which allows you to find help in your area.



    Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

    Services available:

     Mind Infoline

     Blue Light Infoline

     Legal Line

    This hotline provides information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy.

    Service between 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).

    0300 123 3393
    [email protected]
    Text: 86463

    This hotline is just for people working in emergency services, volunteers and their families.

    Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm (except for bank holidays).

    0300 303 5999 (local rates)

    [email protected]
    Text: 84999

    Mind provides legal information and general advice on mental health related law.

    You can call them between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays).

    Call 0300 466 6463

    You can also write to them at:

    Mind Legal Line
    Unit 9
    Cefn Coed Parc
    CF15 7QQ


    The Samaritans

    How can you share feelings of loneliness when there’s no one to tell? University, clinical placements and electives can all be challenging, the stress, the pressure and the responsibility, but also often the feelings of isolation these situations can bring.

    Chat to the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, on 116 123 9 (UK)

    Email: [email protected]

    Visit your local branch

    Write to them

  • Feeling like you can't cope? You're not alone.

  • Campaign materials

    Need more 'know mental health' posters and leaflets? Download and print off copies.

    Download posters

    Download leaflets

    Please email [email protected] to request further information or materials.