NHS Wellbeing support

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The following wellbeing resources are available to any NHS staff member:

A confidential staff support line, operated by the Samaritans and free to access.

This support line is here for when you’ve had a tough day, are feeling worried or overwhelmed, or maybe you have a lot on your mind and need to talk it through.

Trained advisers can help with signposting and confidential listening.

Call 0800 069 6222 from 7am–11pm, seven days a week or text 'FRONTLINE' to 85258 for support 24/7 via text.

A confidential bereavement support line, operated by Hospice UK and free to access.

A team of fully qualified and trained bereavement specialists are available to support you with bereavement and wellbeing issues relating to loss experienced through your work.

Call 0300 303 4434 from 8am–8pm, seven days a week

Free one to one, confidential support sessions available for our NHS people.

Project 5 is led by clinicians and coaches and can link you to professionals with the skills to assist at a time of crisis.

Visit www.project5.org to register for support.

These are designed for people in workforce, occupational health, organisational development, leadership, trade union support or any other area that is supporting the wellbeing of our NHS people during
and following the COVID-19 response.

Visit http://horizonsnhs.com/caring4nhspeople/ for access to sessions.

NHS England & NHS Improvement have partnered with Be Military Fit (BMF) to offer a new dedicated, physical health and wellbeing offer that has been specifically developed for our NHS people. This offer is for colleagues of all abilities - from those who have never exercised before, through to those who already enjoy regular exercise. The online platform also features a learning and development programme that aims to help you look after and improve your wellbeing, particularly through winter.

To explore what’s on offer, try something new and see what works for you, click here

There is a team of fully qualified and trained professionals, all of whom are Tagalog speakers, ready to help you at our NHS bereavement and trauma line for Filipino staff.

This assistance is available from anywhere in the country and is provided by Hospice UK.

Tagalog speaking specialist counsellors and support workers are available if colleagues:

- Have experienced a bereavement

- Wellbeing has been affected by witnessing traumatic deaths as part of your work

- Need to discuss any other anxiety or emotional issues you may be experiencing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence and this will be
explained to you when you call.

Call 0300 303 1115 from 8am–8pm, seven days a week.

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps from now until the end of December 2021 to support mental health and wellbeing.

Apps include Sleepio, Daylight, Unmind, Headspace, Liberate Meditation, #StayAlive, Movement for Modern Life, Cityparents and Bright Sky.

The following pages will provide more information about how to access support from these apps.
Wellbeing apps

Visit https://people.nhs.uk/help/support-apps for more information on how to access each app for free.

During these challenging times there is advice, guidance and support available around drug and alcohol issues for individuals and/or their family members.

Early access to appropriate information can help to deal with the issues effectively and reduce/stop the harm.

A range of information on substance misuse and gambling support is available through a number of organisations.

Visit https://people.nhs.uk/substance-misuse-and-gambling-support

An organisation who work to improve people's financial wellbeing across the UK, to provide you with free, independent support. This can include asking for help with sorting out debts, credit questions and pensions
guidance.

Call the NHS support line on 0800 448 0826, Monday - Friday, 8am to 6pm or send a message via WhatsApp on +44 7701 342 744 or search further top tools and resources on https://people.nhs.uk/help

Leadership support circles provide evidence-based guidance and tools in a series of short, themed and interactive online sessions based on 10 principles for leading compassionately.

Leadership support circles are a reflective space for managers at all levels to come together in a multidisciplinary setting to share their experiences and be heard.

Visit https://people.nhs.uk/support-for-leaders to book on to a session.

The British Indian Nurses Association (BINA) has a range of specific
support, including:

  • Established regional support groups, who can provide local support from those in your communities
  • BINA is establishing a helpline to support nurses and AHPs in India. It is hoped this will be live in the next two weeks. The NMC are supportive of the helpline and have provided clear clinical direction to BINA members volunteering their services.
  • NHS England and NHS Improvement have also run online listening events for Indian nurses to discuss the current situation and explore how the organisation might be able to further support NHS staff.

Visit https://binauk.org/ for more information on how to access support.

If you have any questions, you can call +44 (0)1234 363272 or you can email admin@binauk.org

Accord Legal Services are proud to be offering free wills for NHS staff and other key workers as a way of saying thank you.

Email paul.whatley@accordwills.co.uk or call for advice on 01443 217634 / 07854 651883

The national Money Saving Expert website has helpfully pulled together a comprehensive list of discounts and deals available including food discounts, unlimited mobile data, free parking and lots more.

These offers are all new and in addition to what NHS/emergency staff can
usually get (eg, with a Blue Light Card).

Visit www.moneysavingexpert.com and search for 'NHS and care worker staff freebies & discounts.

This easy-to-use resource has been developed with NHS staff to:

  • Help bridge a gap in understanding and enable us to talk openly and regularly about emotional health
  • Assess the impact emotional wellbeing has on ourselves, our colleagues and on our patients
  • Enable us to action plan to enable more good days than bad


The toolkit can be used to check your own wellbeing or speak to and support colleagues with their emotional wellbeing.

Visit www.nhsemployers.org/howareyoufeelingnhs

A gentle online class focusing on releasing tension in your body and mind.

This class is specifically designed for NHS Staff during the current COVID-19 pandemic to offer some respite from their role supporting our community.

All you need is an ‘nhs.net’ email address to register and state the you are an NHS employee in the ‘further comments’ box.

Held weekly on a Tuesday at 6.00pm

Register at https://thebodyandmindplace.co.uk/join-our-community/ or call Philip Burgess on 07532 223209

The role of a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace is to be a point of contact for an employee who is experiencing a mental health issues or emotional distress.

This interaction could range from having an initial conversation, through to supporting the person to get appropriate help.

Mental Health First Aiders are not trained to be therapists or psychiatrists but they can offer initial support through non-judgemental listening and guidance.

ULHT - Contact organisationaldevelopment@ulh.nhs.uk
LCHS - Visit the Trust's intranet for your 'Mental Health First Contacts'

As part of the The Royal Wolverhampton's NHS Trust's commitment to looking after staff wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic, they launched #DoingOurBit – a free collection of dedicated, original fitness videos for staff to do at home to keep up their fitness and encourage a more active lifestyle.

As you continue to navigate this difficult time, #DoingOurBit aims to help you be happy and healthy through activity.

Sign up to the platform at www.fit4thefight.org/nhs-members-area and register using any NHS email address
Follow on Instagram: @nhsdoingourbit
Follow on Facebook: ordoingourbit

We’re now offering a FREE 90 day subscription to NHS workers.

We know it’s tough for our NHS right now and that the physical and mental health of our precious NHS workers are at breaking point. So we’re really chuffed they now get free access to MFML and can discover some tools to add to their toolbox; maybe even just a pause for breath to help deal with the stress and overwhelm.

Use your NHS address and claim your free 90 days by visiting https://movementformodernlife.com/blog/nhs-staff-mfml-for-free/

This is a closed Facebook group which anyone working for the NHS in Lincolnshire can join.

It provides a platform for ladies to discuss their menopausal issues in a safe and supportive environment.

The closed group can be accessed simply by searching 'Lincolnshire NHS Menopause Support Group' in Facebook.

Your Trust's Chaplains are there to listen whenever you need them.

Whether you're feeling anxious, upset or just want to talk.

ULHT - Contact your site's Chaplain by contacting the switchboard
LPFT - Email Revd Charles Thody on charles.thody@nhs.net

Whether you are a nurse, midwife or healthcare support worker; newly qualified or experienced, student, associate, military, retired, or a family member or friend of someone in the profession, if you want to chat, our volunteer team will be here to listen.

Free, confidential, UK-wide and peer-led. A space to offload and decompress. Chat with another nurse or
midwife who gets it.

Call 0808 801 0455 , available Monday-Friday, 7pm-11pm

If you are feeling at risk of suicide or are concerned about someone else, our NHS colleagues also have access to the Stay Alive app which is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis.

You can download the Stay Alive app from your app store or view their website here: www.stayalive.app

WWTM C.I.C is providing free 8-week mindfulness courses supporting key-workers in the current climate.

Ongoing enrolment & more info online at https://wwtm.org/members/ (click [join free]) or contact us direct at mat@wwtm.org

Veterans' Gateway (for anyone in the UK or overseas)

Samaritans helpline (for urgent and immediate support)

NHS Op Courage (Veterans and their families in England for specialist
support)

There are also a number of military charities which offer advice and support, all of which are members of

The Contact Group, a collaboration of organisations working together to improve mental health support to the UK armed forces community.

In light of the recent events in Afghanistan, we want to ensure that our veteran community and their families who work in the NHS are supported during what may be a very challenging time.

There are a number of support options available:

Veterans Gateway: Call 0808 802 1212, or visit www.veteransgateway.org.uk

Samaritans Helpline: Call 0800 069 6222 for a dedicated line for NHS staff

For Op Courage: Seek a referral from your GP or find out more information at www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/armed-forces-community/mentalhealth/veterans-reservists

For The Contact Group: visit www.contactarmedforces.co.uk

An offer to all NHS staff and Care Home workers.

A free download of At Peace with Nature until the end of 2021

Available from Symbiosis website: www.symbiosis-music.com

Health Education England and the Reading Agency have crowd-sourced a list of uplifting, digital resources from NHS staff.

The choices of poems, podcasts and websites were recommended by your colleagues in the NHS, and are ideal for boosting your mood.

You can use at your leisure via any computer or mobile device.

Visit https://library.nhs.uk/nhs-staff-and-learners/uplifting-resources/

Free, online access to a 12-week weight management programme, which can be personally tailored to support a healthier lifestyle.

This new and exciting programme is offered to NHS staff living with obesity, to provide the support needed to stay healthy and active.

For information on eligibility and how to access support, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/supporting-our-nhs-people/supportnow/digital-weight-management-programme-for-nhs-staff/

Free daily singing sessions, for the first full week in every month. We really believe in the value of singing; that singing regularly is ‘good for you’.

It helps your voice, health and mental wellbeing, relieves stress, connects you to your body and reminds us of the joy of music and communicating.

The NHS is vital, built entirely on the daily effort and passion of the many people that make it up. We wanted to say thank you!

Live each day at 6pm for 20 minutes and session videos are then available online to do any time (via Zoom)

Visit https://vocaltapas.com/nhs-staff/ to register

Are you an unpaid carer?

Do you provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend due to their disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care need?

If you answer ‘yes’ to this question, then you are a carer.

Speak to your manager for the free access code and visit www.carersdigital.org/login/index.php

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