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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Counselling resources

To contact the Psychiatrists' Support Service please telephone: 020 7245 0412  or e-mail:


BMA Counselling Service
A confidential counselling service for all doctors, medical students and BMA staff who are under stress through personal, emotional or work related problems. It is staffed by qualified counsellors 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The counsellors are bound by strict codes of confidentiality and ethical practice.

Telephone: 0330 123 1245  (24-hour Helpline)
Website: BMA Counselling

BMA Doctor Advisor Service
The Doctor Advisor Service provides peer support for doctors in difficulty by helping them make informed decisions about their health, working with them to gain insight, facilitating access to appropriate care and supporting them through this process.

Website: Doctor Advisor Service 
Phone: 0330 123 1245 (Ask for a Doctor Advisor)


DocHealth is a strictly confidential self-referral consultation service for all doctors with work or personal difficulties. Face-to-face consultations of up to six sessions are offered by a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy. DocHealth is an independent, not for profit organisation supported by charitable donations from the BMA and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund. In order to sustain the service financial contributions will be requested from all its users on the basis of ability to pay.
Address: BMA, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP
Tel: 0207 383 6533


Doctors' SupportLine
The Doctors' SupportLine is independent, confidential and anonymous. It is staffed by trained volunteer doctors who offer friendly and informal listening and peer support for both personal and work-related issues. Information about other sources of help is available if needed.

SupportLine contact number: 0844 395 3010
Open Monday, Tuesday 8pm - 11pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8pm - 10pm; Sunday 4pm - 10pm
Website: DSN

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