Looking After Yourself

Urgent/immediate psychological support in a crisis

You can access free & confidential psychological or mental health support 24/7 via

  • The NHS Frontline service for all NHS staff: Call 0300 131 7000  (between 7am-11pm) or Text 'FRONTLINE' to 85258 (24hrs/day)

  • NHS Bereavement & Loss Helpline for NHS staff: Call 0300 303 4434 (between 7am-11pm)

  • The BMA's 24/7 counselling service for all doctors (including non BMA members): Call 0330 123 1245 or visit The BMA

  • The Samaritans: Call 116 123 or visit Samaritans 

  • The Practitioner Support Programme's crisis line: Text NHSPH to 85258 or visit Practitioner Health

Emergency Medicine can be incredibly hard work and we should never fail to recognise the importance of looking after ourselves and each other.

Asking for help when you need it is a sign of strength. Sometimes the simple things can make all the difference; we must protect our breaks and respect our sleep and rest. Details on the EMTA sleep and rest campaign can be found here. The changes required need not be onerous and Mike Farquhar has created a fantastic collection of tips and ideas to improve your sleep that can be found here.

In addition to our sleep and our rest our more general wellbeing needs attention. RCEM have created a fantastic Wellness Compendium which we would urge everyone to read.

Sometimes we need to ask for help, and we should be comfortable in doing so. Please take a look through these resources and email emta@rcem.ac.uk if there are others you feel we should add - talk to each other and look out for each other.

 "The RMBF provides support for doctors and their families through all stages of their career and beyond. Our help ranges from financial assistance in the form of grants and loans to a telephone befriending scheme for those who may be isolated and in need of support."