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At E-zec, we’re true advocates of taking care of our mental health and aim to promote positive and effective ways to cater for our team’s holistic wellbeing. But we know that this time of year can be especially difficult – it’s cold, it’s dark, and Christmas can be an incredibly stressful and emotional time of year. Plus, the current cost-of-living crisis brings additional pressures and anxieties. But please know you’re never alone – no matter what, there’s always plenty of people you can turn to.

Justine Vaughan, Chief People Officer at E-zec said, “Despite being a nationwide business, we pride ourselves on being an organisation dedicated to our people. Our colleagues and teams are at the very heart of E-zec, and in order to provide the highest standard of care to our patients, they need to be well – both physically and mentally.

“Because of this, we’re making a business-wide commitment to support all and any team members who may be facing some challenges. The Comms team is contactable via email:, and will provide confidential (where possible) and discreet support. We’re always on hand for assistance, to provide a listening ear, or signpost to the appropriate help and support – whether it’s work-related or personal. We don’t want any of our team to suffer in silence.

“However, we understand that it can be difficult to open up, and to make the first step in reaching out for help. So, if you feel you’re not quite ready to disclose your feelings, thoughts, or worries to HR, your line manager or any of your colleagues, then please know there’s places you can seek anonymous support.”

  • Samaritans

Call Samaritans on 116 123 for free to speak to someone – available 24/7

Email: and someone will respond to you within 24 hours

  • NHS

Call 111 for medical advice and guidance

Call 999 immediately if you, or someone else, is in danger or at risk

Or, find your local urgent mental health helpline

  • Shout Crisis Text Line

Text SHOUT to 85258 for a confidential, free text chat at anytime

(If you’re under 19, text YM to 85258)

  • SANEline

Call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (between 4.30pm – 10.30pm)

  • National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK

Call National Suicide Prevention Helpline on 0800 689 5652 (6pm – 3.30am every day)

  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Call CALM on 0800 585858 (5pm – midnight every day)

Or, access their webchat service

  • Childline

If you’re under 19, you can call Childline on 0800 1111 (and it won’t appear on your phone bill).

For more support and information on helplines and organisations that can support with your mental health, check out the Mind website:

And please remember, you are not alone.

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