We have pulled together some resources and tips on ways to support your mental health and wellbeing and how to manage and reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety during this period of uncertainty.
The good health and wellbeing of staff across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is vital for us to succeed. Supporting employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle leads to a more positive working environment and a more resilient, productive and efficient workforce.
NHS Health and Wellbeing website
COVID-19 crisis bereavement hotline for children and young people
Jigsaw is a charity that provides online support to bereaved children/young people when facing the loss of a loved one and they have extended their support during this crisis to Hampshire.
Find out more here.
NHS offers and discounts
There are discounts and priority shopping times available to NHS staff to ensure they can access essential items and to say thank you for their hard work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please be aware that these discounts and offers are constantly changing and it's important that NHS workers display their NHS ID when visiting stores to gain access and/or discount.
Here are some pages that are updated regularly with the latest offers and discounts avaliable:
Apps available to NHS staff
NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps from now until the end of December 2020 to support their mental health and wellbeing.
Silver Cloud Health is a leading digital mental health platform that is offering free wellbeing support for all NHS staff and their families. It is built on 17 years of clinical research; this platform offers a number of programmes (stress, resilience or sleep) to help you improve and maintain your wellbeing. They are also working on a programme to address wellbeing during COVID-19, so keep your eyes peeled!
How you can get access: Download on your app store or via the link above and use the access code: NHS2020
Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. Using scientifically backed assessments, tools and training you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfilment, parenting and nutrition; they provide tools and training across the entire spectrum of mental health.
How you can get access Download on your app store, via the link above or their website and sign up with your NHS email address. Your organisation name is ‘NHS’
Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep. On this app, you can explore guided exercises, meditation, videos, podcasts and more to help you be kind to your mind.
How you can get access: Download on your app store, via the link above or their website and sign up with your NHS email address.
Sleepio is a clinically evidenced based sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep. Big Health is offering free access to Sleepio for all NHS staff until 31st December.
How you can get access: Download on your app store, via the link above or their website and sign up with your NHS email address. Answer a few short questions to tailor the programme to you.
Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation. Big Health is offering free access to Daylight for all NHS staff until 31st December, active now.
How you can get access: Download from app store (Daylight- Worry less), via the link above or their website and sign up with your NHS email address. Answer a few short questions to tailor the programme to you.
Every Mind Matters
The Every Mind Matters campaign has been updated to provide advice and tips on how to manage anxiety during social distancing and self-isolation. Staff can find guidance, advice and tips on how to maintain mental wellbeing while at home or are worried and anxious about the outbreak on the NHS site.
Free mindfulness exercises for everyday life
Solent NHS Trust mental health recovery teams have recorded 22 tracks around mindfulness, acceptance, openness and being compassionate to yourself. These are free for anyone to use. You can play and download the recordings online.
MIND resources for staff
All of us will have experienced a lot of changes over the last few weeks and it is important that we all stay well and safe for ourselves, our families and when our local NHS needs our support. MIND have developed some useful guidance on how to manage your wellbeing during COVID-19. Please check it out. Remember taking regular breaks is as important as getting your work done.
Looking after yourself while working from home
As we all adjust to a new way of life, we've pulled together some resources and advice on how to stay well and take care of yourself while working from home.