Mental Wellbeing

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. Try to be kind to yourself and look after each other.

 

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URGENT SUPPORT

If you feel that you need urgent support don’t feel alone, please reach out, there are several options to support your Mental Wellbeing for immediate support and advice:

The Mental Health teams within our region offer Crisis Support lines offering 24/7 support. For those living within Cumbria, Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside & Sunderland call - 0303 123 1146. For those living within County Durham & Tees Valley call - 0800 051 6171

Alternatively contact your GP for advice and information or the Samaritans phone line operating 24/7 on 116 123

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

Self help resources to support your mental wellbeing

 

 

Below is a summary of key information that can help to support you to look after your mental wellbeing. There is also a newly launched NHS Mental Health Hotline – call 0300 131 7000 (7am until 11pm every day) or text FRONTLINE to 85258 (24/7).

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Click and connect sessions

Join our weekly virtual sessions for an opportunity to connect with colleagues and share experiences and ideas.

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Psychological First Aid training

This free course helps you develop your skills and confidence in providing initial support to people who may be in distress or at high risk.

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Face Covid

Short film that explains how you can respond effectively to the Coronavirus crisis.

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Mental health conversation tips

Read the tips for starting conversations about mental health.

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Top tips on looking after your wellbeing

A quick checklist of tips created by staff at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to help manage your mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Music for wellbeing

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

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FREE NHS wellbeing apps

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps including Headspace, Daylight  and Unmind to support our mental health and wellbeing.

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The Mindfulness Initiative

A curated list of free mindfulness resources for health and care workers to support them through a time of crisis.

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    RCN time and space

    The RCN have developed this resource showing the six stages of the working day in videos, which may support staff during their working day.

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    PODCAST - Recognising and reducing burn out 

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

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    PODCAST - Switching off 

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

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    Recovery College COVID-19 coping course

    The recovery college has developed a free online course on 'Coping during the Coronavirus pandemic'.

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    Every Mind Matters web resources

    Every Mind Matters has helpful tips and advice on things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home.

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    Samaritans self-help app

    Use this app to track your mood and find practical tips and techniques to look after your emotional health.

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    Every Mind Matters - Breathing Exercises

    Take a deep breath in and a long exhale out – feels good, doesn't it? Try these mindful breathing exercise videos to help you feel more calm and present.

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    NHS Mindfulness tips and advice

    Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.

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    Five Ways to Wellbeing

    The five-a-day for your mind.

 

Local support - Northumbria Healthcare staff

Chaplaincy support for our staff during COVID-19

Our chaplaincy service remains an important part of our wellbeing and support. They are there to listen and offer prayer if appropriate.  They can support you with your spiritual needs relating to hope, fear and faith / belief.  Please contact the team by telephone on 0191 607 2270 (ext 72270) or by emailing: chaplaincy@northumbria.nhs.uk

If you have an urgent matter, chaplains are available 24/7 through the hospital switchboard 0344 811 8111.  Please ask for the on-call chaplain who will assess the situation and respond appropriately.

Silvercloud (computerised CBT)

Talking Therapies is offering 12 months unsupported access to Silvercloud (cCBT) to Northumbria Healthcare staff who may be struggling with stress, anxiety, panic or OCD during this difficult period.  Online therapy is a proven tool to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope better if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, having obsessive compulsive thoughts or struggling to sleep. To access go to https://nhct.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/, enter a new username and password and enter the PIN NHCT2020.

Trust libraries

The Trust libraries offer a fantastic range of information and support for staff wellbeing. Although they aren’t currently staffed, the libraries are still open for staff to go to and use PCs, have some quiet time and borrow books using the self-issue process. There is a range of self-help, literature, exercise and craft books that might be particularly help at this time. Take a look at their mental wellbeing leaflet here to see what books are available to you. 

Staff psychology intranet page

(only accessible from a trust computer)

Macmillan support number

Macmillan have expanded their bereavement support to include support for staff to access directly. For anyone who requires bereavement support they should contact the Macmillan team directly on 0191 2934377 to access support.

Freedom to speak up

 

Our freedom to speak up guardian, Kirsty, can be contacted at any time if you have any worries, concerns or if you would like to raise an issue in confidence. Call or text 07717516966 or email freedomtospeakup@northumbria.nhs.uk

 

Local Support - Northumberland County Council staff

 

Personal counselling helpline

For anyone who is struggling with their mental health the personal counselling helpline on 0117 9342121 is available, this is completely confidential and can offer telephone based counselling and further advice.

 

Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy service is offering confidential friendly listening ear on 01670 517716, 07749866402 or email chaplains@outlook.com

Silvercloud (computerised CBT)

Talking Therapies is offering 12 months unsupported access to Silvercloud (cCBT) to Northumbria Healthcare staff who may be struggling with stress, anxiety, panic or OCD during this difficult period.  Online therapy is a proven tool to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope better if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, having obsessive compulsive thoughts or struggling to sleep. To access go to https://nhct.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/, enter a new username and password and enter the PIN NHCT2020.

Other support available for you

 

If someone is at immediate risk of suicide or injury through self-harm, treat it as an emergency and call 999.

Below is a list of numbers you can call for support:

  • Samaritans - 116123

  • CALM - 0800 585858

  • North Tyneside Talking Therapies - 0191 295 2775

  • Northumberland Talking Therapies - 0300 303 0700

  • Mind National - 0800 132 737

  • NHS Mental Health Hotline - 7am and 11pm every day (text service will be 24/7) - 0300 131 700

The Bereavement Support Line by Hospice UK is free to access from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. They are there to support with bereavement and wellbeing issues relating to loss experienced through your work. Call 0300 303 4434

 

Project 5 provides free 1-2-1 confidential support sessions for NHS staff. They link you to a health professional with the skills to assist. Simply create an account here

 

Duty to Care provide fee online sessions to improve and sustain mental health and wellbeing. This includes support from CBT therapists, psychotherapists, mindfulness teachers, breath work experts, nutrition coaches. Register as an NHS workers here to receive your password to log in and access support.

Frontline19 is a free and confidential psychological support service. The service matches you to a fully qualified professional who provides sessions to match your needs, either 20 minute debriefs or ongoing weekly support. Register here.

North East and North Cumbria ICS staff support and wellbeing hub

               

This hub offers health and social care staff across the North East and North Cumbria an opportunity to access mental health support, such as;

  • Someone to listen, support and advise you

  • Reviewing the local support offer and finding the right service for you

  • Access to experienced therapists and evidence-based treatment

  • Group and individual support

 

The confidential helpline is open seven days a week from 7am-9pm on 0191 223 2030

 

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