Where to go for help and support for doctors' wellbeing

These websites provide paediatricians with direct links to health, wellbeing and other referral sites for doctors in need.

BMA Wellbeing Support Services - Counselling | Peer Support   - Open to all doctors whether BMA (British Medical Association) members or not and is staffed by professional telephone counsellors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are all members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and are bound by strict codes of confidentiality and ethical practice. You can even choose to remain anonymous when you call.

DocHealth - A self-referral service available to all doctors, UK wide, and aims to provide confidential, specialist-led support for those suffering with stress-related depression or anxiety. The programme will initially run as a 24-month pilot, and aims to complement existing support services such as BMA Counselling and the Doctor Advisor Service. It is a joint venture from the RMBF and BMA. DocHealth is exclusively self-referral, with no report writing unless specifically requested by the doctor using the service. Fees are based on a sliding scale relating to the grade and circumstances of the doctor.

Doctors Support Network - A self-help group for doctors with mental health concerns, including stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, bipolar affective disorder, psychoses and eating disorders. All doctors in the group have been troubled at some stage in their lives. There are regular meetings around the UK, a newsletter and an email forum.

GMC (General Medical Council) online guide 'Your health matters' - Provides the first step in this support, helping to provide timely information for doctors who may for health reasons be involved in the GMC's fitness to practise procedures. The content was written with the help of Practitioner Health Programme, the Doctors’ Support Network and the British Medical Association.

Practitioner Performance Advice (formerly NCAS) - Allows you to self refer, if you are returning to work after a period of absence, or you have health problems which may be impacting on your performance, and they will provide expert advice about the steps you can take and where you can go for help.

NHS Practioner Health Programme - An award-winning, confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists with issues relating to a mental or physical health concern or addiction problem, in particular where these might affect their work. Services for doctors living in London are free of charge and for doctors living outside London there may be a charge.

Royal Medical Benevolent Fund - A UK charity for doctors, medical students and their families. They provide financial support, money advice and information when it is most needed due to age, ill health, disability or bereavement.

Sick Doctors Trust - A proactive service for actively addicted doctors that is structured to provide an early intervention programme. The trust facilitates treatment in appropriate centres, arranges funding for inpatient treatment and provides advocacy and representation when required. A charitable trust controlled by a board of trustees and staffed by doctors in recovery.

Samaritans - supporting anyone through branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland

Whistleblowing hotline for NHS staff - 08000 724 725