These uncertain times may create extra anxiety for many of our service users and the public. As a specialist provider of mental health and learning disability services, we can offer the public expert resources to support them through the pandemic. A team of Trust psychologists have been working together to provide a range of resources that you can share with your service users, or friends and loved ones who might need more in depth mental health support:
This is a more detailed resource that can be used with service users if it is within a therapeutic relationship. It validates the worry and anxiety generated during this time and provides some exercises to manage these feelings. Please use this with your service users if you feel comfortable with the material and think it will be helpful.
Psychology and the pandemic: ideas that can help you in your work
Our psychotherapy and psychology colleagues hosted a series of webinar sessions for staff based on ideas from psychological theory.
Each webinar will introduce you to bite sized pieces of theory that can be applied to your work with service users during the pandemic. They will offer ideas and skills that may be helpful for you and your services users to make sense of the reactions they (and you) are having to this extraordinary time.
Each webinar can be approached as a stand-alone interactive lecture or viewed as a series:
Understanding threat response
Skills to help with more acute threat responses
A compassionate approach to threat response
Skills for working with self-harm
Who’s it for?
Whilst aimed at those in a clinical setting, the sessions will also explore these ideas from a self-care and support angle making them beneficial for any staff member.
We are often very compassionate with others but are much harder and critical of ourselves, especially at times of worry and difficulty. Learning to be more compassionate to ourselves can lead to a calmer mind and reduce anxiety. The exercise below will help your service user to create and build an imaginary idea of compassion. It is best to use an object or idea that is NOT a real person. This is important as nobody is perfect.
A guide for people living with severe mental illness
This is a short guide from Equally Well UK for people with severe mental illnesses on practical ways to protect and support physical health during this uncertain and unsettling time. For people who are currently receiving support from our services.