Put simply, your mental wellbeing is to do with how you think and feel.
Importantly, it’s not the absence of negative thoughts or feelings. Feeling sad, overwhelmed, anxious or under pressure are all normal, natural responses to life’s ups and downs. We all have good days and bad days. Having good mental wellbeing means being able to manage and understand those feelings in a way that empowers you to live the life you want. To handle those ups and downs with confidence. To feel productive. To have positive relationships. To work towards your goals. And to empower others to do the same.
So if mental wellbeing is something we all have to work at, why do we find it so hard to talk about?
Despite a growing awareness of the importance of consciously cultivating good mental wellbeing, and a rise in the amount of self-help resources out there, it remains a taboo subject for many people. Lots of us still feel that the face we present to the world should show no sign of weakness. No sign of needing a break. No sign of needing anybody else.
We worry that we will be judged, thought less of, treated differently or seen as weak and incapable. We might fear being passed over for promotion or side lined by our social circles.
At CABA our mission is to empower all members of the chartered accountant community to take care of their own wellbeing, through all of life’s ups and downs. Part of this is to have the confidence to reach out for support, and in turn support others too. This website is filled with resources, advice and information to help you do just that.
We’re here 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
So there’s always someone you can talk to, in complete confidence.
CABA supports the wellbeing of all past and present ICAEW members, past and present ICAEW staff, ACA students and their husbands, wives, life partners and dependent children up to the age of 25.
We know that when one area of your life feels out of balance, other areas are affected too. That’s why our services are designed to support you with all aspects of your wellbeing, from your physical health to your financial security and everything in between. To help you restore that balance.
We work in partnership with expert organisations such as Mind , Relate , Age UK , Cruse , Kooth and more to ensure you and your family have access to high quality, professional support, whenever you need it.
All of our services, including those provided by our partners, are FREE and strictly confidential.
Contact us to find out about all the ways we can support you and your family. Wherever you are in the world.
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Strengthen your relationships with family and couples counselling, provided by Relate.
Find a way through the grief of losing a loved one with the support of Cruse Bereavement Care.
If you’re aged 60+ we can introduce you to a befriender who you can chat to on the phone each week.
Develop the skills you need to succeed with CABA’s free courses, workshops and events.
Work with a professional counsellor, over the phone, face to face or online.
Chat online to a friendly counsellor via Kooth, our new service for 2019. Available for people aged 11-25.
Work with a coach to identify your priorities, set new goals and make a plan to achieve them.
Build healthy habits that help you move more, eat well and get the rest you need.
Wherever you are in the world, we’re here to help. See how CABA can support you in your country.
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See how our services make a difference to people around the world.
‘I would say that counselling was crucial for me – I really think I would have ended up signed off work or hospitalised if I hadn’t had that. Somehow it makes you able to carry on because you know someone is there to talk to, that you’ll get a chance to go over all the unfinished business again.’
‘I rang the CABA helpline and said "I need help with this". It was an incredibly difficult phone call to make, but I was determined to find a way through. I just wanted to talk to somebody about what had happened in confidence. My counsellor was able to talk me through coping mechanisms and helped me to identify triggers. I have accepted that it is legitimate to be very frightened after an assault, but I also feel much more in control of my fears now.’
‘I’m so grateful about Kooth. I’m new here and I already recommended to a friend.’
Anonymous Kooth member
‘The most difficult part for me was asking for help. I really didn’t know what to expect from CABA, but I was impressed by how quickly they reacted. They were respectful in gathering the facts about what I was facing and they offered suggestions on how I could manage my situation. I will never forget how it felt to know that someone cared. ’
‘It was so easy to talk about things. I feel like I can completely be myself and be true without being judged.’
Anonymous Kooth member
‘I’m so happy that I didn’t just let the situation get worse and worse until I ended up having to take some stress relieving medication or something. I expected to benefit from the course – but I am so surprised by how much it has affected me. I have made long-term permanent changes that I know will have a positive impact on me, my career and my family for years to come.’
‘Kooth is really proving to be valuable not just for talking to counsellors but also writing articles. They really help me to articulate and understand how I feel.’
Anonymous Kooth member
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