The MindEd COVID-19 Resilience Hub has content designed to be rapidly accessible and provide quick help when needed.
Try the Every Mind Matters Quiz - 5 questions in this interactive quiz to get top tips and advice for you.
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services
Most people won’t need to access psychological therapies, but it is important to get help if you need it. If you have been exposed to highly stressful, traumatic or frightening experiences at work you are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms include reliving what has happened through vivid dreams or flashbacks, feeling very anxious, angry, irritable and guilty. Some people will feel low in mood, have trouble sleeping and have physical symptoms.
For many people these symptoms will improve over time, but if they don’t improve after one month, you can be referred, or self-refer for psychological therapy. Services will also work with you if you are suffering from depression or anxiety.
Find out more about IAPT and your nearest IAPT service here.
If you need help now, you can get in touch phoning the helpline or using the chat function. The service is open from 8am to 8pm, every day, including weekends and bank holidays.
For parents and carers (paid and unpaid)
- Our Working Carers section has been designed to help working carers look after the person they care for, and themselves, during these unprecedented times. The areas covered are:
Your rights as an employee;
Looking after your mental health;
Looking after your physical health;
Looking after the person you care for;
Looking after children's mental and physical health; and
Trying to get back to 'normal'.
- Parenting during the pandemic guide
- Relationship Matters - When two people share responsibility for a child, no matter whether they are still together or separated, the relationship between them has a direct impact on the mental health of their children.
- A national guide for key worker parents and carers when talking to children about Covid-19
- Children's guide to coronavirus - A guide for parents and carers to share with their children. It answers questions about coronavirus, explains to children how to stay safe and protect others, and helps them to make the best of their time at home.
- Domestic violence - The stress of lockdown means that domestic violence is on the rise. If this is happening to you a friend or a family member it's important to know that you are not alone please this Domestic Violence Information Sheet for support and further help.
- Home-schooling - A resource for families with children of different ages and areas of interest
- How to maintain your wellbeing as a carer (during the COVID-19 pandemic) - guide and useful links
- Think Ninja is a free app which will bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis.
- To help you think about the different ways and people that can help you in an emergency, if you look after someone who couldn’t manage without your support.
- Samaritans building resilience video (below)
Resources for colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds
BAME Network Podcast:
'Can You Hear Me?' is a new podcast giving a voice to the diverse talent working to improve health and care for people in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, presented by our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network.
Episode 1 is presented by network member Fatima Khan-Shah, Programme Lead for the Unpaid Carers and Personalised Care Programmes.
Fatima was joined by some fantastic people to get the series underway, including Dr Sal Uka, Medical Lead for The West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts; Dr Habib Naqvi; Deputy Director for the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard at NHS England; Yvonne Coghill, Director for WRES Implementation at NHS England, and Nyoka Fothergill, Leeds City Council.
Listen to episode 1 here.
It features presenter Mo Sattar, a GP in Leeds and member of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership's BAME Staff Network, in conversation with Owen Williams OBE, Chief Executive at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, and Sherone Phillips from the Palliative and End of Life Team within the Personalised Care Group at NHS England, who is also a carer herself.
Listen to episode 2 here.
Usha Kaushal, Lead Pharmacist and an Operational Lead at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, leads the discussion with Samantha Allen, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Wallace Sampson, Chief Executive of Harrogate Borough Council and Rob Webster, Lead CEO for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and Chief Executive at South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust.
Listen to episode 3 here.
Episode 4 is around workforce issues
Delphine Arinze from The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust talks with Uduak Archibong, Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, Kez Hayat from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sayed Ahmed from Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Conversation on this episode was centred around workforce issues and the experience of being from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic community in the health and care workforce.
Listen to episode 4 here.
For further information, guidance and training on risk assessment please see the following resources:
- Covid-19 - staff risk assessment training support
- Additional management guidance for risk assessment
- Risk assessment - at risk staff (Covid-19)
New coaching opportunity for people from ethnic minority backgrounds and / or VCSE workers with some previous coaching experience.
The Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is looking to improve the cultural sensitivity of coaching, making it more inclusive and appropriate for a wider audience. In order to take our ambition further we are establishing a reference group made up of workers across the region who have some understanding of coaching and who want to use their coaching knowledge and lived experiences to help shape a more culturally sensitive coaching offer. The work so far and ahead is outlined in this paper.
Target audience: some experience of coaching, ideally from a minority ethnic community or committed to work in a culturally sensitive manner
Time commitment: 3-4 meetings per year and some work outside in terms of contributing to programme design, preparing papers/ presentations.
Dates of first two meetings: Tuesday 7th September 1-3.30. Wednesday 6th October 14.00-16:30.
To sign up or to find out more email email@example.com by 1 September with your name, organisation, role and a brief paragraph about why you want to be involved. Places are limited.
Managing your mental and phsical health and wellbeing with Long Covid
Dr Sari Harenwall, Senior Clinical Psychologist and COVID Rehab Clinical Lead for the Primary Care Wellbeing Service at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and colleagues in Bradford have recorded a series of videos on how to manage your physical and mental health and wellbeing with Long Covid. These videos are also available to watch on YouTube.
Information for Care Home workers
Staff in care homes, whether Council or privately owned, are part of our West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. The COVID 19 pandemic has been especially challenging for those working and volunteering in care homes, whatever their role - from the lack of PPE, to anxieties around protecting loved ones and those they care for, the relentless pressure on keeping residents safe has taken its toll. Whilst we are hopefully coming out the other side of the pandemic, we know that this brings rise to other concerns such as anxieties around vaccinations, impact of losing people they have cared for or struggled with the level of care they have been able to provide.
We are also making a podcast about the issues and challenges facing care home staff as a result of the pandemic.