Supporting your

Mental Wellbeing

"…a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community."

Mental wellbeing is dynamic and can change from moment to moment. NCH&C wants to empower employees to have positive mental health and encourage them to speak out about issues they are facing.

Mental wellbeing is dynamic and can change from moment to moment. NCH&C wants to empower employees to have positive mental health and encourage them to speak out about issues they are facing.

1 in five people take a day off due to stress. Yet 90% of these people cited a different reason for their absence

1 in six workers will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time

Our current environment

Whilst we are in this stressful time it can be hard to see a way through, but this period will end. It can be hard to remember this particularly if we have loved ones who might be showing symptoms, have suffered from COVID-19 or remain unwell after a positive test result. Try to be kind to yourself and look after each other.

Self-help, podcasts, tools, techniques and Apps.

There is no doubt that we are currently living through a hugely difficult time, so it’s important that we take time to reflect on how we are feeling. It’s completely normal to feel stressed and anxious in challenging times such as this and to feel this way doesn’t mean we’re failing.

NHS Mental Health Hotline

Call 0300 131 7000
(7pm until 11pm every day)
or text FRONTLINE to 85258
(24/7)

Videos

Dealing with COVID-19 This brief animation talks about how to use ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

Videos for Wellbeing >

Music

This site provides playlists, created to calm you down, enliven you, or offer self care and self-management of your mood and feelings. There are also videos with music to offer support for breathing and exercise.

Music for Wellbeing >

Podcasts & Apps

Recognising and reducing burn out

Two podcasts appealing directly to frontline workers about the range of complicated emotional responses they may be having and providing examples of how to recognise symptoms of stress and burnout in yourself.

Switching off

A podcast by Paul Jenkins the Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He talks of the importance of switching off during this time, and talks through some of his personal coping strategies during periods of stress and pressure.

Managing COVID overload

A podcast describing the wealth of COVID-19 information for the general public and health and social care professionals, and that while helpful, there is a danger of becoming overwhelmed and indifferent to new information and feel deskilled and incompetent.

NHS mental health app library

A vast array of apps and online tools is available to help you manage your mental wellbeing. This list should help you to identify which one is the right one for you and your family or friends.

FREE Headspace App

Headspace is a meditation and mindfulness app created with one vision in mind: to help you and everyone in the world get healthier and happier. To support healthcare professionals during this time, all NHS employees have free access to Headspace Plus, along with resources from the Headspace for Work program, until 31st December 2020. You just need to use your work email address to verify free access.