Mental Health Support

Anxiety Arch

Pressures of work or studying, the vulnerability and uncertainty of the architectural professions, health, relationship and family difficulties are just some of the reasons people experience anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression. Many people find their own ways of coping, but some need support to manage these feelings and to get the balance right. This is where we can help.

What can we offer?

Through our partnership with Anxiety UK, we can give you quick access to a range of support;

  • Helpline support
  • Email support
  • Wellbeing assessment (including one year’s membership to Anxiety UK)
  • One to one therapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT, counselling, clinical hypnotherapy, acupuncture) via a network of approved therapists.
Who is eligible for help?
 
If you have worked for a year or more in the UK in architecture, architectural technology or landscape architecture, and are experiencing stress, anxiety or anxiety based depression, you may be eligible for help. You do not need to be a member of one of the professional membership organisations to be eligible.
 

How does it work?

The first port of call is the welfare team at the Society. We will talk to you about your current situation and agree next steps in accessing support to meet your needs. We will also confirm eligibility for our support. Eligibility is based on work experience in the UK rather than being a member of one of the professional membership organisations.

You can contact us by:

phone: 020 3918 8588

email: help@absnet.org.uk

online: enquiry form

post: The Welfare Team, Architects Benevolent Society, 6 Brewery Square, Copper Row, London, SE1 1LF

We know that it is not easy for many people to ask for help, especially if you are feeling anxious. We want to make the process as smooth as possible so people can access appropriate support quickly. Our partner, Anxiety UK, prides themselves on being able to offer timely support to people when they need it without lengthy waiting times, usually within 2 weeks.

We approach all enquiries with sensitivity and respect, and of course treat information confidentially.

Once eligibility has been confirmed by our welfare officer, and a referral to Anxiety UK is agreed as an appropriate way forward, a referral will be made for one of the support services available through Anxiety UK.

There may be other ways in which the Society can help you, including financial assistance, advice and support with housing, benefits or employment issues.  Our welfare officers can talk to you about different ways we can support you. And you can also find out more here.

Find out more about Anxiety UK here.

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