Clinician Wellbeing

Discover comprehensive resources and support for clinician wellbeing. Access tools, guides, and programs designed to promote mental health, reduce burnout, and enhance overall wellness for healthcare professionals.

Most midwives, labor nurses, obstetricians, and maternity support workers enter their profession to facilitate the start of a new life and care for families at a joyous time.

There are approximately 6300 newborn deaths every day around the world. In the UK 14 babies die before, during, or shortly after birth every day. This means that in addition to caring for parents at a happy time, maternity staff must be able to provide practical and emotional support to families during a bereavement.

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Caring for families during such a heartbreaking time can have a profound impact on healthcare professionals so why is it that those professionals on the frontline are so impacted yet so overlooked?

As a healthcare professional caring for bereaved families, you are committed to providing the best possible care and support to families following the death of their baby.

The report from Trusted Nurses titled “The State of Mental Health in Nursing in 2022,” based on a survey of more than 2,500 US nurses, found that 75% had experienced burnout. Compassion fatigue was an issue for 66%, and 64% reported feelings of depression.

Mental health is not something to be embarrassed about and is common among healthcare professionals.

Seeking help is also expected and allows for timely and professional interventions that promote your well-being. Talk to the organisations below to start getting the help you need and deserve.

The term ‘professional trauma and fatigue’, describes the risks that can be associated with working with other human beings who are in need of support and potentially affected by trauma. Stress, compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, burnout and vicarious trauma are all terms also used to describe this impact.

Sass Boucher developed a model to provide support to caregivers; this model is known as the pillars of protection. Read more here

We believe in supporting the healthcare professionals caring for the bereaved.

Confidence in providing quality bereavement care is crucial not only for bereaved families but also for your own well-being.

Being confident in your ability to care for families, babies, and children, offering opportunities for families to create precious memories and take their baby home, and knowing how to communicate in a sensitive and compassionate manner during difficult times, is essential for protecting your own well-being.

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Clinician Mental Health Useful Links

If you're struggling, it's crucial to talk to someone about it. If you have immediate concerns about yourself or someone else, contact emergency services by dialling 999/911. Professional help is available through your GP, and you can also reach out to your employer's occupational health department to learn about available support services.

While we can't endorse any products and professional advice should not be substituted, the resources below may be helpful in seeking assistance, learning about mental and emotional well-being, and developing coping strategies. Check them out and find what works best for you.

Below are a list of organisations designed to promote mental health, reduce burnout, and enhance overall wellness for healthcare professionals.

Text and Phone Services

Most NHS Trusts have their own employee wellbeing programme and access to counselling/support. We would suggest contacting your HR department to find out what support is available within your workplace. 

  • NHS England: If you need someone to talk to, NHS England have introduced a confidential text support service.

📲 You can access support by texting FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7.  This service is available to all NHS staff who have had a tough day, who are feeling worried or overwhelmed, or who have a lot on their mind and need to talk it through. (NHS England)

• Cavell: Cavell provides grants, advice and a listening ear to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants looking to take charge of their finances and feel more in control. So when health, relationships and bills are causing stress, Cavell is here to 

  • Just B:

📞 Call 0300 303 4434 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, for trauma and bereavement support from Just B

  • You ok doc’ provides ‘Shout 85258’ – this is a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service for any Doctors who are feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope.

📲 Text YOD to 85258. ‘The Shout service is staffed by trained volunteers who will work with you to take your next steps towards feeling better. We can help with issues such as stress, anxiety and depression and are here to talk at any time of day or night’. 

  • Shout UK

Free, 24/7 confidential mental health text support in the UK, a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and need mental health support.
📲 Text SHOUT to 85258

  • MAMA Academy’s Pregnancy Helpline for Healthcare Professionals

📞 Call: 0203 6428 121

Being a healthcare professional, you selflessly support families through the highs and lows of pregnancy and the heartbreak of baby loss. We understand the emotional toll it takes, especially when you're experiencing your own pregnancy.

At MAMA Academy, our helpline is more than a number—it's a haven. Here, your concerns and feelings find solace and understanding. Our team of midwives, specialists in grief and bereavement counselling, are dedicated to supporting you, making sure you feel heard and cared for during these delicate times.

📲 Reach out at 0203 6428 121. Leave a message, and let’s connect for a compassionate chat.

• Frontline19:

Confidential Psychological Support Service for people working in the NHS & frontline services in the UK. Are you a frontline worker, suffering from mental health  due to work related conditions? Feeling overworked, unappreciated, stressed, full of anxiety? Contact:


Student Support

Student Minds: At Student Minds, we’re a charity improving university communities. Around one in four students report having a diagnosed mental health issue while at university, and world events, navigating identity and discrimination can make student life even tougher.


Online Sessions

Monthly online sessions for healthcare professionals working in early pregnancy:

Our monthly ‘Professional Pause’ sessions provide a safe space for all healthcare professionals working in early pregnancy. It’s an opportunity to discuss and reflect on challenging aspects of  work – an open forum to discuss difficult situations or cases, enable people to share experiences, and offer each other support.

The sessions are free of charge.

All sessions can be viewed and booked our our Eventbrite page.

  • Doctors in Distress (Online)

Doctors in Distress works to promote and protect the mental health of healthcare workers and prevent suicide. We run a range of peer support groups and programmes to support healthcare workers mental health.

To find out more about our free weekly webinars and programmes and to register, please check out our programme page here.

To view our online webinars click here.


Local Groups

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.


Free access to headspace: We make mental health support accessible to everyone, no matter their background or experience. Through our flagship Headspace app, we provide mindfulness tools for everyday life, including meditations, sleepcasts, mindful movement and focus exercises

The Mental Health Hotline can connect you with professionals who are happy to listen and help with mental health crises. The services are free, and confidentiality is guaranteed.

📞 Call:866-903-3787

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Find treatment in your area.

If you feel like you need emergency help please contact:

24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
📞 Call for free support: Tel – 116 123


Suicide Prevention UK
Suporting those at risk of suicide in the UK.
📞 Call: 0800 689 5652


The 988 Lifeline US

988 Lifeline a national network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.

📞 Call 988 or text 'HELP' to 988



If you are in crisis, contact your GP/doctor and ask for an urgent appointment. Out of hours contact 111 (UK)

If you feel unable to keep yourself safe, attend your nearest emergency department and ask to speak to the psych liaison team.

If you are unable to do any of the above and feel you are unable to keep yourself safe call 999/911.


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