For a variety of reasons, there has traditionally been a reluctance amongst the dental profession to speak about and seek support for their personal problems, including mental health. It is time to put an end to that. There is strength, not weakness, in asking for help, and to that end, a resource has been created to offer simple and practical steps to know where you can find the support you need throughout the UK.
It has been created for all dental team members, including students and non-clinical roles. It outlines how to assess your own mental health and wellbeing and provides resources for self-care, including the range of organisations available to support you.
We recognise that not all needs are purely financial and so we also offer additional wellness and wellbeing support to our applicants through our partnership with Health Assured.
This confidential benefit is designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing. The service offers not only reactive help when you need it but also proactive and preventative support to help deliver the best possible outcomes for you.
Further information about how to access the different services;
A free helpline available 24/7 and 365 days per year. Offering specialist information on legal matters; consumer or civil disputes; medical information (via trained nurses) and tax information. Ring 0800 030 5182 saying you are calling from/ being referred by the BDA Benevolent Fund.
Structured telephone or face-to- face counselling. This is also accessed via the telephone helpline. Ring 0800 030 5182 saying you are calling from/ being referred by the BDA Benevolent Fund.
Health and wellbeing portal
This is accessed via this link. You will need the username Benevolent and password Fund
When life delivers the unexpected and things get tough, we’re here to assist you.