As someone who works or volunteers in health and care services, you know that you and your team have been at the forefront of the Covid19 pandemic. Your efforts may have come at a personal cost to your mental health and wellbeing. 

If you are worried about your mental or emotional wellbeing, you can use the self-referral option into our psychological assessment and therapy service, specially set up to help you. 

The self-referral process asks you to complete a couple of questionnaires that might help you decide if such support would be useful for you at this time. If you choose to proceed, you can fill in a referral form that asks you to share a bit of information with us so that we can match your needs with a therapist that is best placed to help you. 

You must complete the form yourself as it asks about your personal experience. The information will be forwarded securely to our therapy team who will seek to be in touch with you within 72 hours (excluding bank holidays) with next steps. 

If you would prefer to have an initial conversation with a trained listener about your situation or would like help to complete the referral form please call 0808 196 3833 or click here to chat online. Telephone and chat are available 8am – 8pm every day. 

 

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.

Talk to us now anonymously

Or call our freephone number 0808 1963833.
Outside of these hours, you can get help from the Samaritans, on freephone 116 123.

Reliance in times of stress
 

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:

Money worries;
Your rights as an employee;
Looking after your mental health;
Looking after your physical health;
Healthy eating;
Looking after the person you care for;
Looking after children's mental and physical health; and
Trying to get back to 'normal'.​

Resources for colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds

As part of the national health and wellbeing programme for our NHS people, and working in collaboration with our staff networks, we have developed a number of bespoke support offers for NHS colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds. Click through to find out more.


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.

click image to listenEpisode 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.


Click image to listenEpisode 2 is about carers, ahead of Carers Week which starts on
Monday 8 June 2020

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.


Click image to listenEpisode 3 is about white privilege

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.


Can you hear me 4 snip.JPGEpisode 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.

 


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For further information, guidance and training on risk assessment please see the following resources:

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.

The Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub has produced a newsletter for care homes which you can read here together with a covering letter from our consultant psychologists.

We have also recorded a podcast about the issues and challenges facing care home staff as a result of the pandemic. You can listen to that here

You can find more resources for people who work as carers  and you can get confidential help every day from trained listeners on our free support line 0808 196 3833, open 8am -8pm or online chat here.

Information for people working in Primary Care

Primary Care includes everyone working or volunteering in general practice, community pharmacy, dental practices and opticians’ practices, whether NHS or privately owned. The COVID 19 pandemic has been especially challenging for all of you, whatever your role - from the lack of PPE, to anxieties around protecting patients and service-users, the relentless pressure on keeping everyone 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 increasing workload, abuse from people you are trying to help, staff leaving and pressure throughout the system.

The Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub has produced a newsletter for Primary Care which you can read here together with a covering letter from our consultant psychologists.

We are also making a podcast about the issues and challenges facing Primary Care staff as a result of the pandemic.

If you are a manager or leader working in Primary Care, you can find resources to help you support your team here.

Confidential help is available every day from trained listeners on our free support line 0808 196 3833, open 8am -8pm or online chat here. You can self-refer for an assessment by our psychological therapy service here.