Counselling services

Counselling services

We can help you and other members find counselling services including, befriending, telephone counselling, counselling grants, online counselling and specialist support.

We know it’s not always easy to ask for help, especially when it comes to your mental well-being. So we’re making it easier to find that help with a range of potential services covering:

  • Befriending
  • Telephone counselling
  • Finding a counsellor near you
  • Face-to-face counselling grant
  • Online counselling
  • Signpost to specialist support


We introduced our telephone befriending service to help you avoid loneliness and social isolation. It’s also for Institution members who would appreciate a regular, friendly chat about life, mechanical engineering and/or topical issues of the day. Please see our befriending page for more information.

Telephone counselling

You can access free telephone counselling through our partner providers by calling Tel +44 (0) 1275 376029.

Finding a counsellor near you

Many people would prefer to speak to somebody face-to-face, but don’t know how to find that somebody. Use the Counselling Directory website to see who is available in your postcode area, and what their expertise is.

Face-to-face counselling grant

Many people find the cost of using a counsellor a barrier to obtaining help, especially if NHS provision is unsuitable. If you need help with meeting the costs of counselling, we may be able to help. You can email us at or call us on Tel +44 (0)20 7304 6816.

Online counselling

If you would prefer not to talk to someone directly, online counselling may be more appropriate for your needs. You can access this through the e-counsellor website.

Signpost to specialist support

Sometimes you and other members need specialist and/or condition-specific support. We are currently developing services with the National Autistic Society.


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Find out more

Get in touch with the Support Network team.


How to use these services

For more information on any of the services listed above, contact us.