Support for you: psychological

Counselling and psychological support

Your health and wellbeing is really important to us at LSCft – both your physical health and mental health.

We have worked hard to make sure you can access a full range of mental health support 24 hours a day.

The services can help you deal with personal and professional problems that may be affecting your home or work life or both.

Some services, including our Employee Assist Programme from Health Assured can also help support your families.

Please note, if you feel your situation is urgent, contact your GP, go straight to A&E or ring 999.

Employee Assistance Programme - Health Assured

If you feel you need psychological support/counselling, please first ring Health Assured on: 0800 028 0199.

The confidential helpline is available 24 hours a day and there is usually little or no wait for appointments.

Through the helpline, you can access:

  • Ad-hoc emotional support

  • Formal counselling – either face-to-face or telephone sessions

  • Online video counselling and CBT

Doctors in Distress

A charity dedicated to protecting mental health and stopping suicide in health workers through confidential facilitated support groups.

Committed to influencing NHS culture change to encourage health workers to open up and talk about the emotional impact of their work to prevent the worsening of mental health in the profession before burnout. The charity runs webinars, workshops and programmes specifically for medical students and those in leadership. The peer-to-peer approach used is a proven and effective reflective practice.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust

Helps nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship. This is often due to illness, disability, older age, domestic abuse and the impact of rising living costs.

The charity relies on fundraisers, donors, members and sponsors to ensure nurses in need have somewhere to turn. Take part today and make a difference.

For help and advice call 01527 595 999.

British Medical Association

BMA wellbeing services

 The BMA’s wellbeing services include a range of free and confidential services and information to help support doctors and medical students:

  • Confidential 24/7 counselling line, and Peer support service for all doctors and medical students on 0330 123 1245

  • BMA members, plus their partners and dependents, can also access a free structured course of up to six sessions of therapy with a counsellor

  • A UK wellbeing support directory detailing various support services by geographical availability on the BMA website sources of support page.

For further information visit the BMA website.

Nurse Life Line

Free, confidential, UK-wide and peer-led where you can chat with another nurse or midwife who gets it. A space to offload and decompress. Whether a nurse, midwife or healthcare support worker; newly qualified or experienced, student, associate, military, retired, or a family member or friend of someone in the profession.

All are volunteers trained in support skills

 Please be aware that this is not a help line more about listening and sign posting to professional help. They do not provide advice, counselling, or discuss professional issues, but sometimes just talking about your day with someone who understands can be a game changer.

Visit the website using the button below or call 0808 801 0455.