Dentists can contact the organisations listed below for help and support.

Local Dental Committee (LDC)

Local Dental Committees (LDCs) can help dentists with a range of issues and may be able to offer specialist perr support. Further information can be found on the British Dental Association (BDA) website.

NHS Practitioner Health Programme

The Practitioner Health Programme (PHP) is a confidential NHS treatment service for doctors and dentists who are unable to access confidential care through mainstream NHS routes due to the nature of their role or health condition. PHP is a free confidential service for doctors and dentists with mental health, physicial health, or additional problems. 

Telephone: 0300 0303 300 – Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm


Text: NHSPH to 85258 for the out-of-hours crisis text service

The British Doctors’ and Dentists’ Group

This is a mutual support society for doctors and dentists who are recovering, or wish to recover, from addiction to or dependency on alcohol or other drugs. It provides venues to meet for confidential, mutual support and encouragement.


Dentists’ Health Support Programme

The Dentist' Health Support programme provides dental professionals with free advice and support on alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and other health issues.

Telephone: 020 7224 4671




The Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day 365 days a year, for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Telephone: 116 123 (FREEPHONE for callers in UK mainland and Republic of Ireland)

Email: emotional support)