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North Eastern Circuit Wellbeing Helpline

On the North Eastern Circuit, our members wellbeing and mental health is of the utmost importance to us. As a result, all members have access to our bespoke Wellbeing Helpline. It is run by Wendy Showell Nicholas, a BACP accredited psychotherapist with extensive experience working at the bar.


Wendy Nicholas

Wendy Showell Nicholas

Members, pupils and staff can contact Wendy by phone or email ( and she will arrange a Zoom call at a time to suit them. The line is available during working hours and each barrister is able to receive a free 1 hour session, covering all areas of mental wellbeing support. If you require further assistance she will signpost you to additional services.

For immediate, out of hours support in a crisis, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or follow link below

In addition please note that you can also access the Bar Council wellbeing support here


Managing Stress and Building Resilience 

Delivered by Dr. Bill Mitchell to IWAC, who have kindly agreed to share to content with NEC members.

To view the video, please email for the password.

Please do not share the meeting details, as it is for members only.

Click here to view the video. 

Men's Wellbeing Event 

Delivered by Wendy Showell Nicholas (BACP Accredited Psychotherapist and Registered Independent Social Worker with a specialist interest in workplace stress, trauma and vicarious trauma) and Tommy Henderson Reay (A qualified and registered social worker who has worked across many facets of adult social care including mental health services and psychiatric teams)

Click here to download the slides. 

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