The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Free Mental Health Support for Health Professionals

This is a list of free mental health support services designed specifically for health professionals.

Some services are available to all frontline staff, while others are profession or specialty specific (doctors and dentists, nurses, intensive care staff, pharmacists and ambulance staff).  There are also national services.

All Frontline Staff

Our Frontline  -offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.

Frontline19  - is a free independent, confidential and UK  based nationwide service delivering psychological support to people working on the frontline. Sessions can be anything from a 20 minute debrief to ongoing weekly support.

Project5  Offers a free service to health and social care workers focusing on wellbeing support for stressed workers. You can book up to 3 sessions of coaching or wellbeing support.

ACC   (Association of Christian Counsellors)  -Up to 8 sessions of counselling for NHS staff (clinical and support staff) working in Covid-19 hospital settings, and paramedics.

Psychological Support Hub  - A free online Psychological Support Hub for frontline workers and their families, those connected to care homes and those in the military. Access to wellbeing support sessions, and therapy for coping with distressing events.

National Services

Practitioner Health (England & Scotland)  - Practitioner Health is a free, confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists across England (and currently also Scotland) with mental illness and addiction problems, who are working or looking to return to clinical practice. There is now also provision for other health professionals. CLICK HERE

Doctors and Dentists

British Medical Association - Confidential 24/7 counselling and peer support services open to all doctors and medical students (regardless of BMA membership), plus their partners and dependents.

British Dental Association- Counselling and emotional support helpline for BDA members.

British Doctors & Dentists Group  - A mutual/self-help group of doctors and dentists who are recovering from chemical addiction – alcohol and/or drugs (prescription and non-prescription) – and other addictions.


Royal College of Nursing  - Telephone counselling service for members to help you deal with challenging, emotional issues you may face, whether work related or personal.

Free intercultural counselling sessions for nursing  - more details attached.

The NHSE&I NEY Equality and Inclusion team are offering a time limited pilot of intercultural counselling sessions to nurses within the North East and Yorkshire region. These sessions are targeted at nursing staff whose first language is not English. The counselling can be in their mother tongue and provided by an intercultural counsellor. Our provider will offer multiple languages

Participants can self-refer and will undertake a virtual assessment, followed by up to 8 virtual sessions. These sessions will be held via Zoom/Phone.

 Intensive Care Staff

Intensive Care Society- Access to 6 sessions of psychological therapy for anyone working in intensive care.


Pharmacist Support- The Listening Friends telephone service for pharmacists (including trainees and students) is provided by trained volunteers who offer callers the opportunity to talk anonymously and in confidence to a pharmacist about any stresses they are facing in their work or home life.

Ambulance Staff

The Ambulance Staff Charity - Providing counselling and therapy for ambulance staff, including specialist support for PTSD and trauma.