Someone to Talk To

Dark nights and cold, damp weather, can often cause people to feel down. This is why it’s good to talk and all staff have access to the Employee Counselling Service which is open to anyone at any time. For many years NHS Forth Valley has commissioned an external company to provide this service and they are now offering counselling either face-to-face, over the telephone, by Email or Skype.

It’s worth remembering that this service is completely confidential. Although Occupational Health are made aware of numbers attending, it’s a strict case of no names, no pack drill! People can self refer or in some cases, your manager may suggest that it would be worth you contacting them. If you’d rather talk to someone over a tea or coffee, there are clinics available in Forth Valley or alternatively you may be seen more quickly in Glasgow.

HR Director Helen Kelly said: “This is an excellent service. We want you to feel well and supported at work. Sometimes we can feel as though everything is getting too much and that’s when it can be good to talk with an independent service.”

A helpline is available and there’s lots of information on the website plus useful links.

To arrange an appointment call 0800 435 768

The helpline number is 0800 389 7851 and is open 24 hours 7 days a week for advice, information and support.