by The Simplyhealth Team
Your questions around counselling and our service, answered by the clinical team here at Simplyhealth.
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The pandemic has emphasised our human need for regular social contact. Mental wellbeing is crucial, yet some people have been deprived of any communication with the outside world at all. This is causing concern for healthcare professionals, friends, family and employers. But there’s no need to go through this unusual situation alone. Telephone counselling and advice services provide a way to help you cope with troubles you may be facing, and mental struggles you may need a hand with, quickly and confidentially.
Here’s what you need to know about our 24/7 telephone counselling service, provided by Health Assured.
Speaking to people you know can be useful for many problems, but sometimes you may want some support from a professional.
Whether you have a health issue, legal concern, financial challenge or a relationship question, you’ll be able to speak to a friendly specialist confidentially.
Your call will be answered by a counsellor who may be able to help you straight away. This ‘in the moment’ support covers a variety of different subjects, including:
Pass the phone number on to the people you live with who are over the age of 16, who are named on your policy, so they can use it too.
They may be facing challenges you’re unaware of, like exam stress, bullying, depression or money issues. It’s worth offering them another way of getting help if they need it.
If you have a legal or financial question, we have specialist teams on hand with legal and financial qualifications and experience.
If you need emotional support, then you’ll be able to speak to someone who’s qualified in counselling or psychotherapy,
This service is provided by Health Assured, one of the leading counselling supply services, so you’re definitely in good hands. They follow the code of practice issued by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
You can speak with a qualified professional 24 hours-a-day including bank holidays, like Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
We know that these times can be particularly challenging for many, so the support is there for you when it’s needed most.
For some people, it can be difficult explaining concerns over the phone. It can be good to see a friendly face, knowing they understand.
Health Assured have you covered with an online counselling option, which means you can use a video link to speak to a counsellor.
Our health plans provide access to telephone counselling 24/7. We're here for you when you need us.
Call the number in your online portal anytime
You’ll speak to a qualified counsellor straight away, and they may be able to help you instantly, depending on the nature of your call.
Store the number in your mobile so it’s there whenever you need it. This number is available on your online Simplyhealth Plan account.
If your issue needs more formal support, you’ll be matched with a counsellor within 48 hours, and generally, you’ll have your first formal session of talking therapy within 7-10 working days.
You can have up to six sessions of structured therapy. If you joined your Simplyhealth Plan through work you’ll be offered up to six structured therapy sessions via phone or face-to-face near home or work.
If clinically appropriate you may be offered online guided CBT using SilverCloud, the industry-leading platform for the delivery of online evidence-based behavioural change. Designed to help manage specific symptoms, feelings and behaviours and equip you with effective solutions.
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