Speak to someone
If you are looking to speak to someone about any mental health issues you may be experiencing, these services will offer you support and guidance.
If you need urgent help, please call 999 or check out these webpages:
University of Edinburgh staff have access to free and confidential counselling services, whether this is through the University's Staff Counselling Service, or through the Employee Assistance Programme.
Find out more about the Staff Counselling Service:
The Staff Counselling Service is also currently working in partnership with MCL Medics to offer further counselling appointments to our staff, through the introduction of the Employee Assistance Programme.
Staff who wish to access counselling through the EAP can experience much shorter waiting times:
Our Occupational Health Service provides you with advice on health-related matters which will affect you at work. THey offer guidance on:
- A health issue affecting work, including stress
- Sickness absence
- Planning a return to work
- Adjustments in the workplace
The University Listening Service
The Chaplaincy runs the University Listening Service daily (Mon-Fri). They offer:
- Confidential, non-judgemental listening
- Help in time of crisis
- Signposting to specialist sources of help (including faith contacts if you wish)
Support is available in person, by phone, email or video conversation.
The Listening Service operates through the University Chaplaincy, for staff or students who want to touch base on any concerns or anxieties, or are looking for a timely or purposeful conversation. Conversations can be held in a variety of places, and could be over coffee or a walk.
Additional Support External to the University
NHS Mental Health Helplines
The UK NHS website provides a list of helplines and websites. If you are concerned about your mental health or that of a colleague, you can use this to find an appropriate source of expert advice.
The Hub of Hope
The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time.