Apps and online resources
NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps from now until the end of December 2020 to support our mental health and wellbeing.
Below is just a few examples, but there are more suggestions available at people.nhs.uk
Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. Using scientifically-backed assessments, tools and training you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfilment and nutrition.
They are offering free access to NHS staff until 30 June 2021, active now.
How NHS staff can get access
- Go to nhs.unmind.com/signup
- Sign up with your NHS email address
- Download the Unmind app from your appstore - your organisation name is NHS.
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.
They are offering free access to all NHS staff with an NHS email address until 31 December 2021, active now.
How NHS staff can get access
Go to https://www.headspace.com/nhs for NHS staff to access, with the option to select clinical or non-clinical staff to start enrolling. You will need to use your NHS email address to sign up.
Sleepio and Daylight (developed by Big Health)
Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep. Free access to Sleepio for all NHS staff is active now and new users have until 31 March 2021 to sign up. All NHS accounts will remain active for 12 months from sign up.
Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation. Free access to Daylight is active now until 31 December.
How NHS staff can get access
How to access Sleepio
- Visit sleepio.com/redeem on your laptop or desktop computer.
- Enter redeem code NHS2020 and sign up for an account using your name and email address.
- Complete the sleep test.
How to access Daylight
- Click on the following link: daylight.com/NHSaccess
- Answer a few short questions to tailor the programme to you.
- Sign up for an account using your name and email address.
- Download the Daylight smartphone app (search 'Daylight - Worry Less', available on both iPhone and Android).
NHS staff and their family members can now gain instant access to mental health support through digital mental health platform SilverCloud.
SilverCloud provides confidential online self-help programmes to help ease your levels of stress and maintain a healthy mind during this challenging time. Programmes use proven methods including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and positive psychology.
Programmes available include:
- Sleep: Learn how to fall asleep faster and stay asleep with healthier habits
- Stress: Manage stress and learn new coping skills
- Resilience: Enhance wellbeing and your ability to bounce back from challenges
These can be accessed simply by visiting nhs.silvercloudhealth.com/signup and entering the access code: 'NHS2020'.
University of Nottingham psychological wellbeing online package
An online package can be accessed which supports NHS staff and healthcare students with psychological wellbeing during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The package has been developed by Dr Holly Blake from the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with the University of Leicester. It contains information, advice and tips from experts and signposting around:
- Psychologically safe work environments
- Social stigma
- Accessing social support
- Self-care strategies
- Rest, shift work, fatigue and sleep
- Managing emotions during the pandemic
You can access the support pack by visiting the University of Nottingham website by using this link
Russ Harris - ACT Mindfully free resource
Russ Harris the Author of the FACE COVID guidance has given free access to his Mindfulness MP3s via his website, use the following URL link to take you to a page where you will see three packages:
Exercises and Meditations from the Reality Slap
Mindfulness Skills Volume 1
- Mindfulness Skills Volume 2
Add the downloads to your shopping cart and proceed to payment – you will not be asked to input any payment details but you will need to input name, address and email you will then receive the downloads via email which you can play and also save to your computer.
Access the ACT Mindfully resources by using this link
A series of mindfulness videos from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust chaplains.
Watch the series on the LPFT YouTube channel by using this link.
Post viral fatigue support - a guide to management
The British Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrom/Myalgic Encephalimyelitis (referred to as either CFS/ME or ME/CFS) has put together the following guide for managing, or reducing fatigue following a viral infection.
We have teamed up with Carers UK to secure access to a wealth of online advice, support and signposting to all staff across Lincolnshire’s NHS.
Available as part of our system health and wellbeing offer, any member of staff can access this resource directly by visiting carersdigital.org and using the access code DNHS9838.
Download more information about the Carers UK staff carer offer by using this link.
Down Dog - Meditation App
Down Dog are giving people free access to their Meditation App until the 1 July 2021.
The App is customizable to your needs, and you'll never get the same meditation twice, helping you to create mental calm and sleep better.