Experiencing an outbreak can be very unsettling and have a real negative impact on an individual’s mental health. Individuals may have a variety of concerns about the impact of the virus on their own health, as well as for patients and colleagues.
There can be concerns around the impact the virus could have either directly or indirectly on staff’s wider family and friends, particularly if they have caring responsibilities for at risk groups. In addition to keeping employees informed, it is also helpful to provide support and tips on what staff can do to support their own mental wellbeing.
- We will continue to provide the latest expert advice.
- Protect themselves – follow PHE guidance in terms of hand hygiene, ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ and stay at home if they feel unwell and contact NHS 111 (preferably online) for advice if they feel they may have symptoms of COVID-19.
- latest PHE information.
- Remind staff of the five ways to wellbeing, which includes support for mental wellbeing.
- Stay connected – when individuals feel vulnerable, help them to feel supported by keeping in contact with family and friends.
- Happy to Talk to children and vulnerable relatives and discuss ways they can keep themselves well and protected.
Covid 19 General support and advice
“The calm before the storm” podcast
“Supporting you and your practice” podcast
GOV UK Guidance for the public on mental health & wellbeing
Mental Health Foundation
The Samaritans – 116 123
NHS Free 24 hr support line: Telephone 0300 131 7000; Text 85258
NHS Practitioner Health Programme
RCN wellbeing and-your-mental-wellbeing
The Joyful Doctor
My Internal World Web based mental health assessment and programmes
NHS Mindfulness app Free for NHS using NHS email until end Dec 2020
Unmind This link allows all those with and NHS email address to sign up for an online resource to support the mental health of our teams
Sleepio – online sleep improvement programme – sleepio.com/redeem and enter the code NCE2020
PHE Every Mind Matters
Help Guide to Mental Health
Mental health in the workplace