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)

If you are struggling, you are not alone, there is help out there...


This list of SUPPORT RESOURCES for doctors and medical students

is checked and updated regularly by Team Joy

It currently 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:


Why not try?...

  • Your colleagues
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Educational Supervisor
  • Training Programme Director
  • College Tutor
  • Training Programme Director
  • Mentor
  • Academic Tutor
  • Department Head
  • Team Manager
  • Hospital Chaplaincy
  • Trust Wellbeing Lead
  • Occupational Health


The list...

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




Association of Anaesthetists support pages

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.

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.

British Doctors and Dentists Group
A peer-support service for recovering alcoholic and drug dependent doctors, dentists and students. Tel: 07825 107 970, Email:

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

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

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.

Doctors Support Service (BMA)
Confidential phone and face-to-face support for doctors facing GMC fitness to practice hearings

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. Email: Tel: 0300 0303 300 (8-8 Mon-Fri, 8-2 Sat)

Hope 4 Medics
A support group for doctors with disabilities. Email:

London Deanery Coaching and Mentoring
A confidential coaching and mentoring service for London's trainee doctors. Email:

An inspirational company that celebrates doctors and advocates for their well-being. Lots of free resources available.

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

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:

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

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:

A wide range of specialist advice and support for doctors and their families; and links to organisations that can provide further help.

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.

The Couch (
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.

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




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

GMC guidance/support for undergraduates

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,, Skype Chat:, Skype phone: londonnightline

Med Students’ Mental Health
Information about looking after your mental health as a medical student.




BMA Charities
A group of charities established to help all doctors and their families in times of need.

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

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:

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

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.


GENERAL RESOURCES (available to the general public in the UK/England)


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

UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families.  Tel: 0845 634 1414

Carers UK and Carers Online
The organisation representing the UK's 5.7 million carers. Tel: 0345 573 369, Email:

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

MIND Charity-founded supportive online community - a "safe place to listen, share and be heard."

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
NHS programme - self-refer for therapy for depression and anxiety disorders

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:

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:

The Samaritans
“Talk to us anytime you like, in your own way and off the record - about whatever's getting to you."
Tel: 08457909090


Please contact us at

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 -


* 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.