During these unprecedented times, we are all being moved into situations we may not be used to, be it working from home, self-isolating, distancing ourselves from loved ones, and all round restricting our movements. On this page we will keep compiling useful information to help with our all-round wellbeing.
Yesterday the Department of Health and Social Care published new guidance to support the health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce. The guidance includes tips, advice and toolkits that employers and managers can use to help build the resilience of teams and address staff concerns.
There is a section that provides guidance on how people working in social care can manage their personal mental health in the current circumstances as well as specific information for registered managers, and those working alone such as home care workers, which links to support and information provided by Skills for Care.
The guidance also includes a section on infection control which brings together in one place links to all current up to date government guidance around how to keep staff and the people you support safe, as well as the guidance for recommended PPE use in various care settings.
Access the guidance at gov.uk
‘Our Frontline’ – service to support key workers
Samaritans have partnered with Shout, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation to launch ‘Our Frontline’, a round-the-clock one-to-one support service for health, social care, emergency and key workers. Support from trained volunteers can be accessed by texting FRONTLINE to 85258 for a text conversation or by calling 116 123 for a phone conversation.
Mental Health Awareness Week
It is Mental Health Awareness Week – 18 to 24 May 2020. This year the theme is Kindness. If you and your organisation want to get involved. The Mental Health Foundation have uploaded a number of resources to their website to help you to get involved. #MentalHealthAwareness
BBC channel for Children CBBC with Newsround added an article for children to understand the importance of kindness during Mental Health Awareness week. Read more here.
During the pandemic we have seen a really impressive response from our communities in supporting one another. From the 7 to the 13 June it is Neighbourhood Watch week. You can get all the information you may need from the Neighbourhood Watch website if you want to do something for you and your neighbours #letsstayconnected
The NCVO look at how to support staff and volunteers with wellbeing in one of their latest blogs. You can read all about it here.
Access the Our Frontline website for resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.
How Can I Help Myself? – Let’s Talk offer support on managing stress and anxiety during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
MIND Your Wellbeing – How to manage during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
NHS Advice on Keeping Well when Self-Isolating
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy advise on how to look after mental health and well-being when self-isolating
The Hull City Council, Health and Well-being Board release Community Hub Information Q&A’s
Fun and easy ideas of recipes and activities from Change4Life
HeadStart: How are you feeling today?
Headstart Hull are looking to find out how you are feeling and are inviting people to write a blog. Let them know by completing this form here.
FREE online course on de-mystifying mindfulness which may be helpful to try during challenging times.
Chatter Pack UK have a list of boredom busting resources for us when at home. From puzzles to virtual tours. Why not take a look.
Hull and East Yorkshire MIND are offering a 4 week course on an introduction to meditation.
Government support on Coronavirus testing, including who can be tested and where to go.
The Samaritans charity has been constantly updating their advice pages on the website as we move through the Coronavirus pandemic. Please take a look and contact them if you need support. They will always be listening.
NHS Urgent Mental Health helpline launched. Now anyone living in England can enter their location and find their local 24/7 urgent NHS mental health helpline.