Support for your mental and emotional health

On this page you will find a range of resources and apps to help support your mental and emotional health.

Preventing burnout – switch off from work and rest
Burnout is a state of emotional, mental and sometimes physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress. Sometimes we may forget to take time for ourselves, to relax and practice self-care.

To find out more about the common symptoms of burnout and the changes we can make to avoid the risks or to assist someone else, have a look at this informative webinar from our partners Health Assured.

A few quick tips:

    • Please do remember to take your breaks or maybe go for a short walk
    • If you’re on site make use of staff rest rooms and have a break from your PPE
    • Manage your work demands together with members of your team
    • Don’t feel guilty about taking time out and do make use of your annual leave even if it’s just some chill out time at home
    • Ask for help as soon as it is needed – you can talk to your manager in your wellbeing review so they can understand what individual support you need
    • And finally, don’t forget our Going Home Checklist!

Understanding and Supporting Post Trauma Reactions

Kerry Hinsby and Fiona Lowis from our psychology team have presented a new webinar.

Many of the situations that staff have found themselves in at work and in their personal lives during COVID have been extremely challenging and stressful. As recommended by the Kings Fund, preparing staff and managers with information about post trauma stress reactions is key to aiding recovery.

In this webinar you will:
• Understand what types of situations could trigger a trauma reaction
• How to spot signs of trauma and distress in yourself and the staff you support
• Understand the meaning behind these reactions
• Know how and when to support staff to seek more formal support

The recording is available to view now on YouTube.

Recovery College Online – staff webinars

Health Education England have provided Recovery College Online with some funding to deliver online training for healthcare staff during Covid-19 both to support their service delivery and also support their wellbeing.

Because the pandemic has a multifaceted impact on people and communities, the webinars will cover a range of topics that are informed by the evidence about managing and healing from adversity.

They are free to access and are being delivered on Zoom. Links to each session are on this RCO page. Recordings of the sessions will also be available on their website.

Resilience
Develop new skills and discover new ways to improve your experience of work and cope better with stressful situations and change, reducing stress and anxiety.

Here are some short 10- to 20-minute guides developed by experts.

Use this resilience toolkit comprising of 8 individual tools for you to download, so you can start building your own resilience today.

Health and wellbeing apps
Mindfulness and meditation can help you be in the present. You can also make use of a number of wellbeing apps, which have been made available to NHS staff for free until the end of March 2021 such as:

  • Headspace
  • Unmind
  • Sleepio
  • Daylight

Dealing with emotions
How are you feeling today? The NHS Employers Emotional wellbeing toolkit can be used to support you to maintain good mental wellbeing.

Fear, boredom, grief, confusion – we’re all feeling … a lot right now. How do we cope with our heightened emotions during this global pandemic? Susan David, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, is here to offer us strategies. This show is an urgent response to an urgent moment – a support system, toolkit, and understanding voice during a time of great uncertainty.

Coping with going into work during Covid-19
Read this helpful guidance aimed at key workers – from Mind.

A guide for families and young people
A Covid-19 Leaflet for families produced by the CAMHS team at Mill Lodge.

Returning to work after shielding
The thought of returning to work is likely to affect each of us in different ways. You may feel relief in being able to go back to a sense of normality and to see people, or you may feel anxious and apprehensive to go into the workplace again. Whatever you are feeling, remember that this is completely ok.

There is some handy guidance from Our NHS People about returning to work after shielding – designed to offer you supportive advice to help you to transition back into the workplace in a safe and comfortable way.

Protecting your mental health
Take a look at the Protecting your mental health’ document from The Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which shares techniques on looking after your mental wellbeing whilst in isolation or working from home.

Free intercultural counselling sessions for nurses 

A new pilot initiative is underway to offer intercultural counselling sessions to nurses across our region.

It’s being led by the NHSE&I North East and Yorkshire Equality and Inclusion Team, and support is being provided by Nafsiyat, who will be offering counselling in multiple languages to nurses whose first language isn’t English.

Anyone interested is invited to self-refer for a virtual assessment. This will be followed by eight virtual sessions held via Zoom or phone. Places are limited, so please request a referral early.

Referrals can be made online by completing and returning a referral form, by emailing admin@nafsiyat.org.uk or by calling 020 7263 6947. You will need to say that you work for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and that you are a nurse.

Download an information sheet to display in your area.

Services which support your mental and emotional health

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service
Struggling with stress and anxiety, panic attacks, depression? The Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service can provide professional help through online support, such as CBT based video courses delivered by NHS therapists.

Find out more on the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service website.

MindWell Leeds – Mental Health Hub
MindWell’s portal brings together information and advice about mental health and Covid-19 for people in Leeds, including help that can be accessed online and resources such as videos to help take care of your wellbeing at home. Find out more on the MindWell website.

The website uses Browsealoud, which offers reading support and can translate the website into around 100 languages. Look for the orange button in the top right hand corner of all pages.

Mindtools support pack
To help you during this time, Mindtools have created a FREE support pack of relevant resources aimed at maintaining your physical and emotional well-being.

Visit the Mindtools website.

NHS Live Well
NHS Live Well offers advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.

They also offer some advice on how to get a good night’s sleep.