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What is Mental Wellbeing?

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.

Look after your mental wellbeing

Look after your mental wellbeing

Practical self-help resources for better mental wellbeing

Spot the signs and take action

Spot the signs and take action

Advice on how to support others and when to reach out for help

Mental Wellbeing at Work

Mental Wellbeing at Work

Tools to succeed at work without burning out

Time to diminish the stigma of mental wellbeing.

Overcoming our reluctance to open up about the way we really feel.

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CABA can help

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  , 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.

Our Services

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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24 Hour Support

Call +44 (0) 1788 556 366 or chat to us online.

Relationship counselling

Strengthen your relationships with family and couples counselling, provided by Relate.

Bereavement counselling

Find a way through the grief by talking with our trained bereavement counsellors.

Telephone friendship

If you’re aged 60+ we can introduce you to a befriender who you can chat to on the phone each week.

Courses and Workshops

Develop the skills you need to succeed with CABA’s free courses, workshops and events.

Emotional Support

Work with a professional counsellor, over the phone, face to face or online.

Support for Young People

Chat online to a friendly counsellor via Kooth, our new service for 2019. Available for people aged 11-25.

Telephone life coaching

Work with a coach to identify your priorities, set new goals and make a plan to achieve them.

Physical wellbeing

Build healthy habits that help you move more, eat well and get the rest you need.

Find support near you

Wherever you are in the world, we’re here to help. See how CABA can support you in your country.


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