Health and wellbeing of staff and carers
It is important that staff look after their own health and wellbeing whilst supporting patients and family during these unprecedented times.
Samaritans is working alongside the NHS to help support key workers and volunteers during the coronavirus crisis. Staff can call 0300 131 7000, and the support service will provide a non-judgmental listening ear, safe space to offload and information about other sources of support for these key workers and volunteers.
The service also operates a 24/7 text alternative, staff should text FRONTLINE to 85258.
There is also a dedicated NHS mental health and wellbeing page which provides audio guides, as well as a self-assessment.
Thrive LDN has produced a series of NHS-led webinars focused on supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of health and care workers.
Supporting Our NHS People is a useful resource pack designed to help you manage your own health and wellbeing while looking after others.
Supporting our NHS people is a useful resource pack designed to help you manage your own health and wellbeing while looking after others. (ATT)
End of Life Volunteers
BHRUT are working in partnership with Marie Curie to launch a new Daisy volunteer role to provide support to our end of life patients, while also supporting their families and carers.
Free apps for NHS staff:
- The Good Thinking app is a free app designed to help tackle sleep, anxiety, stress and depression, and mental wellbeing
- Listen to a Together in Mind Podcast. ‘Together In Mind’ is a website of podcasts and resources that support the wellbeing of health and social care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. The resources are produced by experts across the patch.
- Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing
- Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep
- Sleepio is a clinically evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep
- Daylight provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation
Local mental health services
- City and Hackney: Talk Changes (020 7683 4278 or visit talkchanges.org.uk)
- Newham: Talking Therapies (020 8475 8080 or visit newhamtalkingtherapies.nhs.uk)
- Tower Hamlets: Talking Therapies (020 8475 8080 or visit https://towerhamletstalkingtherapies.nhs.uk/)
- Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest: Talking Therapies (visit https://www.talkingtherapies.nelft.nhs.uk/) or Mental Health Direct (0300 555 1000)