Counselling can help individuals tackle emotional and psychological challenges by seeking to expand understanding of problems and identify effective ways to deal with them.
Counselling can be a helpful process for individuals to share what they are worried or stressed about, for example, issues of self-confidence, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship breakdown and addictions.
HEEYH fund access to a team of councilors and psychological support for all trainees, accessible on a confidential self-referral basis. Trainees may choose to access Take Time or Workplace Wellbeing, irrespective of where they are based.
Workplace Wellbeing is a professional counselling and consultancy service to help doctors in difficulty deal with personal or work-related stress and psychological trauma relating to work roles. The service aims to help doctors improve psychological health and stay psychologically healthy. One-to-one counselling is provided on a confidential self-referral basis. The counselling is short-term.
This service is also funded directly by Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber and is available to trainees in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Please telephone: 0114 226 1810
website: Workplace Wellbeing | Sheffield Health and Social Care (shsc.nhs.uk)
30 Wilkinson Street
Sheffield S10 2GB
8.15 am to 7.15 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
8.45 am to 5 pm for the rest of the week
For more details of these services, please contact either service.
Take Time is now able to offer appointments either face to face, by telephone or by an online video platform. It is important to note that the time from the point of self-referral to contact by a clinician may also be increased. However we will endeavour to get in touch with you in the first instance to discuss following self-referral. Please do check your junk/spam folders on your email account before contacting the service and to ensure you do not miss your appointment.
As per our usual advice, if you feel you need urgent mental health support please contact your GP or Crisis team as necessary.
Medical work is inherently stressful and you may find you need help with work-related and/or personal difficulties which can often cause anxiety, stress, depression and unhappiness.
Take Time is a confidential service specifically for junior doctors and dentists within Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber (HEE YH), excluding the South.
The service offers 2 assessment sessions initially, with the option of subsequent time limited sessions. For people who live far from Leeds we may be able to offer telephone consultations after the initial assessment.
The service is funded by HEE YH, and provided by a collaboration between the University of Leeds Student Counselling Service and the Medical Psychotherapy Service, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr V Luthra and Ms Karen Wells
Medical Psychotherapy Service
St Mary's House, South Wing
St Mary's Road
Dr A Menon and Ms Madeleine Robinson
Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service
University of Leeds
19-21 Clarendon Place
If you would like to book an appointment with the Take Time team, please complete our self-referral form.
Your self-referral form will be assessed by a member of our clinical team within 48 working hours of submission, and they will be in touch within the next few days to offer an appointment. Please ensure that you check your junk folder if you do not receive an email in your inbox.
Please click on the following link to view the Take Time Privacy Notice.
Please also note that counselling services are available to all trainees in Yorkshire and the Humber via the Workplace Wellbeing service based in the South, more information is available below under the Counselling Service: South Yorkshire tab.
In the case of an emergency or crisis, please contact:
- Your GP
- Crisis Team through SPA 0300 300 1485
- Dial House 0113 260 9328 or text on 07922 249452
- Connect Helpline 0800 800 1212 ( Open 365 days from 6pm-2am )
- Nightline: 0113 380 1381
- The Samaritans: Freephone 116 123
- Text SHOUT to 85258
- Or go to the Accident and Emergency department of your local hospital.