At any stage of your career there are mental health and wellbeing support options available to you. Here are some of the organisations that can help, use the list below to find the right one for you and contact them directly:

The Virtual Doctors' Mess

AKESO has set up The Doctors’ Mess to help support clinicians during the COVID-19 crisis. This service provides a safe space for all GPs within the East of England to talk with other medics about anything and is hosted by AKESO’s trained facilitators.

The Mess will be open from April

Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month (starting 14.04.2020) 20.00–21.00

Every 3rd  Wednesday of the Month (starting 15.04.2020) 13.0014.00

Join for as long as you like each/any time

To join any session please email with your GMC number  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be sent the link to join for FREE via Zoom from anywhere on any device.  More details can be found here.

General Practice Wellbeing Programme (Schwartz Rounds)

The Schwartz Rounds programme supports our practices by providing a structured forum where all staff, both clinical and non-clinical, come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare. Rounds follow a specified, evidence-based formula where the focus is not on clinical aspects of the patient but on staff experience. No answers or expertise are sought. 

For further information on the Schwartz Rounds programme click here or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BMA Wellbeing and Support Services

The BMA has advice and provides a dedicated helpline for doctors and medical students to speak to a counsellor or doctor advisor in confidence.  You can talk through any issues which may be worrying you in total privacy, confident that you are getting the best possible support.


The GMC website has advice for doctors with health concerns. 

Help me, I’m a doctor

The help me, I’m a doctor site brings together five independent charities that support doctors when they need confidential financial assistance. They can provide support to help doctors in genuine financial need get their lives and careers back on track. 

NHS Practitioner Health Programme

The NHS Practitioner Health Programme is an award winning, free and confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists with issues relating to a mental or physical health concern or addiction problem, especially when it might affect their work. 

NHS GP Health Service

The NHS GP Health Service is a confidential self-referral NHS service for GPs and GP trainees in England. The GP Health Service can help doctors with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression, or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work. GPH is provided by health professionals who have additional expertise in addressing the issues concerning doctors.     

Doctors' Support Network (DSN)

DSN is a peer support group for doctors with mental health problems.


Confidential emotional support 24 hours a day 

Sick Doctors Trust

SDT provide a 24 hour confidential telephone helpline for doctors with drug and alcohol problems.