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Mental wellbeing resources

Our Sight Loss Advice Service can give you emotional support to help you face the future with confidence. Find out about what services we offer below.

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You can also get in touch with us via the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or by saying “Alexa, call RNIB Helpline” on Alexa-enabled devices.

Mental Wellbeing Check-in

RNIB's Sight Loss Advice Service offers a free Mental Wellbeing Check-in over the phone with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)-registered counsellors with sight loss experience, to give you emotional support.

RNIB counselling will give you space to share feelings, explore coping strategies and any further support needs you may have. Our Mental Wellbeing Check-ins were previously called Emergency mental health sessions. We updated the name to better reflect the support on offer.

These sessions are available to anyone with sight loss living in the UK.

If you're struggling with your mental wellbeing and would benefit from support, you can register for a one-off check-in by completing our booking form.

Counselling support groups

Our Sight Loss Counselling Team runs support groups for people affected by sight loss. Seeing it Through groups provide a supportive setting in which you'll be able to:

  • talk about the way you feel
  • gain support from people who understand what you're going through
  • explore and learn ways of dealing with difficult feelings.

Our tips for maintaining your mental health

We have a series of good mental health guides, which covers breathing exercises, tips for sleeping well, recognising the signs of loneliness, building your resilience and more, that can help you improve your mental wellbeing.

Other ways we can support you

Living Well with Sight Loss courses

We have specific Living Well with Sight Loss courses that focus on your wellbeing. Sign up today.

Keep doing the things you love

Discover ways to continue feeling great through hobbies and personal care, living independently in your home and enjoying leisure activities.

Connect with others

Join our Facebook groups for a supportive space where people affected by sight loss can talk to others in a similar situation.

The Happy Hour

Listen to The Happy Hour show on RNIB Connect Radio for a mix of chat and music, with a focus on sight loss, mental health and mindfulness.