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The Doctors Support Line 0870 765 0001 has been running for two years now, offering completely confidential and anonymous listening and support for any doctor or medical student who needs it. The line is independent of any employing authority, academic institution and the GMC.

It is staffed entirely by volunteers who are themselves doctors, and who know from hard experience just what it's like being a doctor.

Sometimes we medics feel no one can understand us except another medic.

Doesn't matter if you're a consultant or a medical student, we've had calls right across the board.

Some callers are depressed or anxious, some have been bullied, some have problems with partners or colleagues, some have a marriage breaking up, some simply feeling lonely and less adequate than their colleagues. All feel the benefit of being listened to without being judged, supported but not told what to do.

We are looking for doctors to help on the line. It is open 6pm-10pm and Sundays. Volunteers need to be good listeners; able to put aside the doctor-patient diagnostic model; replace it with an active listening approach that concentrates on the caller; and to be emotionally aware with respect of their own issues.

All volunteers attend a residential training weekend and are available for about two two hours every second week. E-mail and landline are essential. The next course is August 19-21, phone 020 7471 8973, or

e-mail for an application.

Please get in touch.

Dr Lizzie Miller

Doctors Support Line

Doctors Support Network

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