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Counselling and therapy grants

We believe mental wellbeing is just as important as physical health. And we believe that everyone should have access to the counselling and therapy support they need, when they need it.

It's important to talk

We understand that admitting you need support can be difficult. It’s not easy to be open but everyone goes through tough times and, when we do, we could all benefit from someone to talk to.

And while friends and family can be great if you just need an understanding ear, there are times when professional help is invaluable. Someone who can offer unbiased advice from an outside perspective - can really make a difference. That's why we offer counselling and therapy grants, to help you talk things through.

Reasons you might need to talk to someone

It could be that you’re a carer, or someone being cared for, and that you both need some support with the challenges that involves. Or you could use tools to help you manage a long-term condition or disability you’re living with. Maybe you're struggling with stress at work or around your home life. Perhaps you're going through a breakup or bereavement. Maybe there isn't a clear reason for why you need to talk to someone. Whatever is going on - it's healthy to talk it through.

Prioritise your mental health

It's easy to put your emotional wellbeing on the back burner, but your mental health is enormously important. When you’re in need of therapy services that you’re unable to access for free or if complimentary treatment is just taking too long, our grants* could help you receive professional help faster. Don’t suffer in silenceget in touch with us so we can be there for you.


If you or your partner is a former or existing IET member and you have savings of less than £16,000, get in touch with us. There are many reasons you might need to talk to someone.

*Counselling grants cover up to 10 sessions.

Worldwide support

While we believe that everyone should have access to counselling and therapy, we know that this is not always an option. Not all countries have public healthcare systems that offer therapy free of charge and when they do, overstretched health services can mean long waiting lists that make immediate help hard to come by. Reach out to see how we can help you.

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Recognising when you need help

You may recently have lost someone close to you and find that understandably hard to deal with. You might need counselling while dealing with a crisis or emergency. You could be a student finding that unforeseen difficulties are threatening your ability to finish your degree. Whatever the reason, if you’re having a difficult time talking to someone might make the world of difference.

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