Helpful links

Looking after your own wellbeing

If you are in distress, here are a few organisations that can help you. Some are general and some are specifically for doctors.

Asking for help is one of the most protective skills we can have and is core to our wellbeing.

If you need help, take this important step now to practise what you encourage your patients to do and get the help you need to be well. Most medical boards and professional associations also have resources to support you on their websites.



Doctors’ health advisory and referral services, offering independent, safe, supportive and confidential services.

Hand-n-Hand Peer Support
Free, confidential peer support for health professionals in Australia and New Zealand offering emotional and wellbeing assistance, connecting through lived experience.

Suicide Call Back Service            1300 659 467
Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service providing 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people affected by suicide.

Lifeline                13 11 14
Providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Beyond Blue         1300 22 4636
Information and support to help Australians achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Black Dog Institute
Researching the early detection, prevention and treatment of common mental health disorders

Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria
Systemic and individual wellbeing support community and services for junior medical officers in Victoria

New Zealand

Lifeline New Zealand         0800 543 354

Suicide Crisis Helpline         0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

United States

Physician Support Line       1 (888) 409-0141
Psychiatrists supporting physicians and medical students

Suicide Prevention Lifeline    1 (800) 273-8255

United Kingdom

Doctors in Distress
Support groups aimed at reducing burnout and suicide in the medical profession

Supportline         01708 765200


Canadian Medical Protective Associatio
Health resources for frontline workers

Canada Suicide Prevention Service    French or English (toll-free)    1-833-456-4566


Royal College of Physicians
Health Resources for Doctors in the Republic of Ireland

Help Lines Ireland Pieta     1800 247 247


More Australian Resources for your Wellbeing


Victorian Doctors Health Program       (03) 9280 8712
The Victorian Doctors Health Program (VDHP) is a confidential service for doctors and medical students who have health concerns such as stress, mental health problems, substance use problems, or any other health issues.

Australasian Doctors Health Network (ADHN)
This website is designed for doctors and medical students, and for the families and colleagues of doctors in Australia and New Zealand. The site provides you with contact phone numbers for help and support in time of need.

Doctor’s Health Advisory Service        (02) 9437 6552

To find a GP who specialises in psychological medicine

To find a psychologist

For Drug and Alcohol advice (incl. 24 hr helplines)

Alcohol & Drug Info Service (24 hrs)    In Sydney (02) 9361 8000      Outside Sydney 1800 422 599

D&A Counselling     1800 888 236 (24 hrs)

Alcoholics Anonymous     1300 22 22 22 (24 hrs)

Narcotics Anonymous      1300 652 820 (24 hrs)

Cannabis Information and Helpline     1800 30 40 50

Suicide Advice     1300 659 467 (24 hrs)

Men’s Line     1300 78 99 78 (24 hrs)

Salvation Army Crisis Line      1300 36 36 22 (24 hrs)

Heads Up   Promoting the mental health of health services staff


IN AN EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 000 (Australia only)


Doctor Wellbeing

House image with words 'Safety First' as foundation, 'Patients First' and Do No Harm' as sides/walls

The research is very clear, when the doctor is well, patient health outcomes and experience improve. To achieve the best possible healthcare results for patients one of the important ingredients is to make sure the provider of that care is as well as possible. We should all have a vested interest in the health of our doctors and all our healthcare workers, for their sake and our own.

[Excerpt from Sharee’s blog post on Doctor Wellbeing: Safety first is a better guiding principle for healthcare]

Read full article here