FREE SUPPORT RESOURCES

Approx. 2.5 million doctors in the world will suffer with a mental health problem this year*

(That's ~70,000 in the UK alone) 

 

This list is checked and updated regularly by Team Joy. It covers the UK but we hope to include international resources soon! Please let us know about resources that we could add or amend - by emailing us at:

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The following support resources are listed alphabetically under the following headings:

 

Specific support resources for doctors

Specific support resources for medical students

Financial support resources for doctors and medical students

General resources (available to all doctors and students as members of the general public)

 

N.B. Resources with a cost are denoted with the symbol '£££' after their name

 

Specific Support Resources for Doctors

Association of Anaesthetists support pages
Representing the life-changing, life-saving profession of anaesthesia – by supporting, informing and inspiring a worldwide community of over 11,000 members.
https://www.aagbi.org/professionals/welfare

Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL)
Provides information, promotes advocacy and mentorship, and creates a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in or working in health care fields.
https://amphl.org

Be-Exceptional
Free access to The Exceptional Method - an evidence-based transformative program specifically for doctors to take control of their lives and to thrive in medicine, developed by Dr Sam Hazeldine.
https://www.be-exceptional.com

BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisor Service
For help, counselling and peer support just call 0330 123 1245 and you will have the choice of speaking to a counsellor or the details of a doctor advisor who you can call directly. Email: info.d4d@bma.org.uk
https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/work-life-support/your-wellbeing/bma-counselling-and-doctor-advisor-service

British Doctors and Dentists Group
A peer-support service for recovering alcoholic and drug dependent doctors, dentists and students. Tel: 07825 107 970. Email: bddg@btinternet.com
http://www.bddg.org

Doctor Advisor Service (BMA)
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.  Tel: 0330 123 124
http://www.bma.org.uk/support-at-work/doctors-well-being/about-doctors-for-doctors

Doctors for Doctors (BMA)
Confidential, nationwide counselling service for doctors and medical students, provided by BACP registered counsellors, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tel: 0330 123 1245
http://www.bma.org.uk/support-at-work/doctors-well-being/about-doctors-for-doctors

DOCHealth (£££)
DocHealth is a new confidential, not for profit service giving doctors an opportunity to explore difficulties, both professional and personal, with senior clinicians. Tel: 020 7383 6533. Email: enquiries@dochealth.org.uk
http://www.dochealth.org.uk/

The Doctors Support Group
Our meetings are held with strict adherence to the principles of professional confidentiality. We aim to assist doctors and dentists cope with the enormous stresses and difficulties they may face.
https://doctorssupportgroup.com/

Doctors' Support Network
Peer support network for doctors with mental health concerns - with regular meetings around the UK, a newsletter and an e-mail forum. Email: info@dsn.org.uk
http://dsn.org.uk

Doctors Support Service (BMA)
Confidential phone and face-to-face support for doctors facing GMC fitness to practice hearings.
http://www.bma.org.uk/support-at-work/doctors-well-being/doctor-support-service

General Practitioner Health (England-wide)
A free and confidential self-referral NHS service for GPs and GP Trainees across England.  GPH can help you with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression, or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work. Tel: 0300 0303 300 (8-8 Mon-Fri, 8-2 Sat). Email: gp.health@nhs.net
www.gphealth.nhs.uk

Hope 4 Medics
A support group for doctors with disabilities. Email: info@hope4medics.co.uk
http://www.hope4medics.co.uk

London Deanery Coaching and Mentoring
A confidential coaching and mentoring service for London's trainee doctors. Email: coaching.lase@hee.nhs.uk
http://www.lpmde.ac.uk/professional-development/coaching-service

MedWorld
An inspirational company that celebrates doctors and advocates for their well-being. Lots of free resources available.
http://www.MedWorld.com

Practitioner Health Programme (London)
An award winning, free and confidential self-referral NHS service for doctors and dentists in London with issues relating to a mental or physical health concern or addiction problem, in particular where these might affect their work.
http://php.nhs.uk

Psychiatrists' Support Service  (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
A confidential support and advice telephone helpline for Members or Associates of the College.
Tel: 0207 245 0412. Email: psychiatristssupportservice@rcpsych.ac.uk
http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/workinpsychiatry/psychiatristssupportservice.aspx

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Mentoring Scheme
Aimed at obstetricians and gynaecologists who have been experiencing difficulties in relation to their work.
Tel: 020 7772 6369
https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/careers-training/resources--support-for-trainees/advice-and-support-for-trainees/mentoring-and-support-for-trainees

Royal College of Psychiatrists Resources
Psychiatrists’ Support Service. Tel: 020 7869 6030. Email: csas@rcseng.ac.uk
https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/workinpsychiatry/psychiatristssupportservice/pss-furtherhelp.aspx

Royal College of Surgeons Confidential Support and Advice Services for Surgeons (CSAS)
Offers a confidential telephone line as a point of personal contact between surgeons which is intended to offer a listening ear and will act as an informed signpost to appropriate sources of advice and support. Tel: 020 7869 6030. Email: csas@rcseng.ac.uk
https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/standards-and-research/support-for-surgeons-and-services/professional-support-for-surgeons

Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
The RMBF provides support for doctors and their families through all stages of their career and beyond. Tel: 020 8540 9194. Email: help@rmbf.org
https://rmbf.org/

Support4Doctors
A wide range of specialist advice and support for doctors and their families; and links to organisations that can provide further help.
http://www.support4doctors.org

Tea and Empathy (Facebook)
Online peer support network of >4,500 NHS staff (mainly doctors) - aiming to foster an atmosphere of compassion and support throughout the NHS. You can post anonymously or openly in the main public group, regional closed groups or secret groups for addictions, mistakes and LGBT staff.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1215686978446877

The Couch (doctors.net)
Online forum for mutual support and advice, and the option of anonymous posting for delicate issues. The Couch also carries a long list of doctors around the UK happy to help others in distress.
http://www.doctors.net.uk

The Sick Doctors' Trust
Support for doctors who are concerned about their use of drugs or alcohol. Tel: 0370 444 5163 (24hr)
http://sick-doctors-trust.co.uk

 

Specific Support Resources for Students

Doctors for Doctors Service (BMA)
Confidential, nationwide counselling service for doctors and medical students, provided by BACP registered counsellors, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tel: 0330 123 1245
http://www.bma.org.uk/support-at-work/doctors-well-being/about-doctors-for-doctors

GMC guidance/support for undergraduates
http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/undergraduate/23289.asp

London Nightline
Confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London and the Open University - term-time, 6pm-8am. Tel: 0207 631 0101. Email:listening@nightline.org.uk. Skype chat: nightline.chat Skype phone: londonnightline
http://nightline.org.uk/contact-us

Med Students’ Mental Health
Information about looking after your mental health as a medical student.
http://medstudentmentalhealth.com

 

Financial Support Resources for Doctors & Med Students

BMA Charities
A group of charities established to help all doctors and their families in times of need.
http://www.bma.org.uk/about-the-bma/what-we-do/bma-charities

Help me, I'm a Doctor
Financial support for doctors and their families bringing together five independent charities that support doctors when they need confidential financial assistance. These benevolent funds provide vital support to help doctors in genuine financial need get their lives and careers back on track.
https://www.doctorshelp.org.uk/

Money for Medical Students
A website providing practical, unbiased information and advice to help medical students qualify with a manageable level of student debt.
http://www.money4medstudents.org

Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
RMBF can consider financial assistance to doctors, medical students and their families who are facing financial crisis. Tel: 020 8540 9194. Email: help@rmbf.org
http://rmbf.org

Royal Medical Foundation
A medical benevolent charity which assists UK medical practitioners and their dependants who find themselves in financial hardship. Tel: 01372 821 01
http://www.royalmedicalfoundation.org

Society for Assistance of Medical Families
SAMF supports medical practitioners and/or their families who find themselves in severe financial hardship. We also work with other charities to enable members of the profession who may have lost their way to find new paths. Email: info@samf.org.uk
https://www.samf.org.uk/

The Cameron Fund
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.
http://www.cameronfund.org.uk

 

General Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Tel: 0844 4775 774
https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

Anxiety UK
UK charity aiming to promote the relief and rehabilitation of people suffering with anxiety disorders through information and provision of self-help services. Tel: 0844 4775 774
https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Beat
UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families.  Tel: 0800 917 7650
https://www.b-eat.co.uk

British Doctors and Dentists Group (for those with a dependency problem)
We are a group of doctors and dentists who are recovering from, or wish to recover from, addiction/ dependency on alcohol and/ or other drugs. Tel: 07792 819 966
http://www.bddg.org/

Dentists Health and Support Trust
Providing dental professionals with free support and advice on health, alcohol and drug issues. Tel: 0207 224 4671. Email: dentistsprogramme@gmail.com
http://dentistshealthsupporttrust.org/

Depression Alliance
UK charity for people affected by depression, offering help to people with depression, run by sufferers themselves.
Tel: 020 7633 0557
http://www.depressionalliance.org

Elefriends
MIND Charity-founded supportive online community - a "safe place to listen, share and be heard".
https://www.elefriends.org.uk

IGA (Institute of Group Analysis) Self-Referral Service (£££)
IGA therapists provide a range of clinical services including group and individual therapy, couple therapy, family therapy, supervision and work with organisations. Referrals can be made to IGA practitioners throughout the UK. Tel: 020 7431 2693. Email: iga@groupanalysis-uk.co.uk
https://www.groupanalysis.org/PsychotherapyReferralService/PsychotherapyReferralService.aspx

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
NHS programme - self-refer for therapy for depression and anxiety disorders
https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Psychological%20therapies%20%28IAPT%29/LocationSearch/1000

Maytree
For those in a suicidal crisis, Maytree offers short-term accommodation with befriending in a confidential, supportive and non-medical environment. National service, with accommodation based in London. Tel: 020 7263 7070. Email: maytree@maytree.org.uk
http://maytree.org.uk

MIND
Mental health charity in England and Wales, working to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress. Tel: 0845 766 0163. Email: contact@mind.org.uk
https://www.mind.org.uk

NHS 111
The NHS 111 service is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of fully trained advisers. Tel: 111
https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care/nhs-111/

Number 42 (£££)
We offer a full range of therapies to enable you to feel better, healthier and more balanced; whether managing current stresses or more long term problems. Tel: 0207 096 5001
http://www.number42.org.uk/

Professional Support Unit
Welcome to the London and South East Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education website, a supporting resource for doctors and dentists in postgraduate training programmes. An initiative of Health Education England working across London and South East. Email: PSU@southlondon.hee.nhs.uk
https://www.lpmde.ac.uk/

Sick Doctors Trust (for those with dependency problems)
Support and help for doctors, dentists and medical students who are concerned about their use of drugs or alcohol. Tel: 0370 444 5163. Email: help@sick-doctors-trust.co.uk
http://sick-doctors-trust.co.uk/

The Samaritans
“Talk to us anytime you like, in your own way and off the record - about whatever's getting to you."
Tel: 08457 909090
http://www.samaritans.org

Whistleblowing Hotline for NHS staff
The Whistleblowing Helpline is a free-phone service for employees, and organisations working within the NHS and social care sector.
Tel: 0800 072 4725. Email: enquiries@wbhelpline.org.uk
https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/whistleblowing/raising-a-concern/

 

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Please contact us at

 teamjoy@joyfuldoctor.com

if you have any further resources that would be helpful for this list

 

- Thanks to the wonderful Tea & Empathy (PUBLIC) Facebook Group for the initial list this was built upon

and to the NHS Practitioner Health Programme for additional resources -

 

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*The World Health Organisation estimates that there are approximately 10 million doctors in the world.

The UK has approx 280,000 Registered Medical Practitioners.

1 in 4 people will suffer with a mental health problem each year.

Some studies suggest doctors have higher rates of mental health problems than the general population

- so these figures may well be underestimates.

 

 

 

 

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