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Counselling Service

As an RCN member you can get free, confidential support and assistance to help you deal with challenging, emotional issues you may face, whether work related or personal.

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Advice on mental health and wellbeing 

Resources and self-help tools on topics such as depression, stress, domestic abuse, grief, relationships, trauma, and more.
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Getting counselling with the RCN

The RCN offers members up to six telephone counselling sessions. Find out more about what we offer and how to access the service.

Managing a crisis

If you are in crisis, follow this link for advice on keeping yourself safe and where to get immediate professional assistance. 

Mental health and wellbeing resources for students:

There are a range of support services and charities dedicated to supporting the mental health of students. 

Are you suffering with possible symptoms of trauma?

Find out about types of trauma, trauma symptoms. and how to recover.

Work related advice

If you need advice on a work related issue, want to know more about your employment rights, or need to be put in contact with your RCN rep.

COVID-19 and your mental health

Advice and resources on how to look after your mental wellbeing during Covid outbreaks, with tips for self care.

Further information

The RCN's guide Stress and You advises how you can reduce stress and manage your responses more effectively, as well as what support to expect from your employer. 

See the NHS Mood Zone for practical information, interactive tools and videos from the NHS, to help you look after your mental health.

The NHS Mood self-assessment quiz is based on tests commonly used by GPs to assess whether someone is stressed, anxious or depressed.

The Listening Service - Nurse Lifeline offers a national, free and confidential peer to peer listening service, by nurses and midwives, for nurses and midwives.

You can also get help and advice on a range of workplace issues.

Five ways to combat compassion fatigue

Emotional resilience coach and former frontline nurse Jayne gives her top tips on understanding and overcoming empathy-sapping exhaustion
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Whatever you're going through, The Samaritans can offer emotional support over the phone, any time, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.



The mental health charity, Mind,  is there to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. Find out more by visiting their website.

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The Acas framework for positive mental health at work shows the role of employers, managers and individuals in promoting mental health at work.