Tackling work-related stress requires an understanding of how and why it occurs, and then developing strategies to reduce it. Here you will
find details of the resources available for individuals experiencing stress and for managers and organisations dealing with employees who are stressed.

The BDA has conducted research into Dentists’ personal well-being and work-related stress among dentists.

Resources for individuals

HSE Guidance: Dealing with my stress
NHS Choices: Beat stress at work and Ten stress busters to identify signs of stress and monitor personal stress levels
MIND: How to be mentally healthy at work
Relate: Maintaining a healthy work-life balance

The Dentists’ Health Support Programme (DHSP)

The DHSP provides advice and support on addiction, mental illness and fitness-to-practise concerns.

Advice is free of charge via a confidential helpline: 020 7224 4671 or dentistsprogramme@gmail.com

NHS Practitioner Health Programme (PHP)

PHP is a London-based service for doctors and dentists with mental or physical health concerns or addiction problems, especially where these might affect their work. Services include confidential telephone advice (020 3049 4505), initial assessment, and psychological treatments.  

Whilst PHP is mainly London-based, they do accept referrals from other parts of the UK on a cost per case basis. 

Dental Protection

Members of Dental Protection have access to a confidential counselling service for dentists suffering from stress and anxiety associated with complaints, litigation, or GDC hearings. 


  • Samaritans provides confidential support to anyone experiencing difficulties or in distress (08457 90 90 90)

  • British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) publishes an accredited service directory of counselling and psychotherapy services

  • SANE provides confidential emotional support to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers (0845 7678000)   

  • MIND – provides information and support on the types of mental health problems (0300 1233393)

  • Relate – provides work-life balance information, advice and support

Resources for employers and managers

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Step-by-step guidance helps organisations to assess the risks of stress and identify solutions for managers to implement.

Managing the causes of work-related stress: A step-by-step approach using the Management Standards.

List of resources for work-related stress.

NHS Employers

Guidance on prevention and management of stress at work
Health and well-being in healthcare settings