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Frontline Worker Wellbeing

Frontline Worker Wellbeing

Thread created on: Monday, March 23, 2020
By: Anonymous
This space is for suggestions on how to look after your wellbeing at this difficult time. As we begin to feel the full impact of the C-19 pandemic and the impact that necessary restrictions have on our lives, it is more important than ever that we look after our wellbeing and that of those around us. We will be posting regular updates / resources which may help support your wellbeing during this time, but we are also keen for you to share the good practice and resources that you come across on wellbeing, through the forum.

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Samaritans offers free, confidential support 24 hours a day on 116 123 Saneline offers out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. Opening hours: 4.30pm to 10.30pm. Call on 0300 304 7000. The Listening Place offers face-to-face support for those who feel life is not worth living. Telephone: 020 3906 7676 Free online therapy service across UK Help Hub - website under construction. Aims to be up and running by 23 March pm https://www.thehelphub.co.uk/ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/18/coronavirus-online-therapy-service-to-offer-free-sessions-across-uk-self-isolating WEBSITES AND APPS Mind UK: Coronavirus and wellbeing https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/ Mental Health Foundation Looking after your mental health during coronavirus outbreak https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak Public Health England: Guidance on social distancing and protecting older people and vulnerable adults https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults FREE NHS approved wellbeing online service: https://www.good-thinking.uk/ FREE My possible self app https://www.good-thinking.uk/resources/my-possible-self/ FREE MyCognitionPro app https://www.good-thinking.uk/resources/mycognition/ NHS apps library – most apps are free https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/ STAY AT HOME ACTIVITIES IDEAS 'Pause, reflect and stay home': how to look after yourself and others in self-isolation https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/17/pause-reflect-and-stay-home-how-to-look-after-yourself-and-others-in-self-isolation?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other How to survive isolation with your roommates, your partner, your kids and yourself: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/mar/17/self-isolation-survival-guide-relationships-coronavirus World Digital Library https://www.wdl.org/en/topic/ Audible has made many childrens’ audiobooks & literary classics available to listen free https://stories.audible.com/discovery/enterprise-discovery-21122355011?ref=adbl_ent_anon_ds_ds_dccs_sbtp-0-2 Chatterpack - free, online, boredom-busting resources https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home ONLINE COURSES FutureLearn – some of them are free https://www.futurelearn.com/search?q=wellbeing Online Recovery College https://lms.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk/course/index.php NEW Free Recovery College online course - Coping During the Pandemic This course has been developed for everyone in response to the recent global pandemic. There is information about how to avoid catching/spreading the virus, what immediate feelings you may have and common reactions, managing your mental health at this time, managing isolation and social distancing, self-care, supporting children and young people and some accessible information. The course is free to access for everyone. You can find the link on our homepage: https://www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk/ It will be continually updated with the latest information and advice. https://www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk/your-mental-health/coronavirus/ FREE MINDFULNESS Online Mindfulness course https://www.good-thinking.uk/resources/be-mindful/ Meditation and mindfulness app https://www.headspace.com/code Free resources available on their website and app. Due to the covid-19 situation, there is a now a free section in the app/website called Weathering the storm that includes meditation, sleep, and movement exercises, which can be found in the Explore section. https://palousemindfulness.com/ Online Sessions & Podcasts - Oxford Mindfulness Centre https://oxfordmindfulness.org/online-sessions-podcasts/ Mindful poetry https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/fmph/research/mindfulness/mindfulness-resources/Pages/Mindful-Poetry.aspx https://mrsmindfulness.com/mindfulness-poetry/ SELF-COMPASSION Self-compassion exercise and guided practices https://self-compassion.org/category/exercises/ Centre for Mental Health Compassion https://centerformsc.org/self-compassion-and-covid-19/ RELAXATION https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/relaxation SLEEP FREE Sleepio is an online sleep improvement programme https://www.sleepio.com/work/nhs/?utm_source=NHSAppsLibrary#/welcome?_k=pjfr5a SELF-CARE https://cmbm.org/self-care/ https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/mental-health-problems-introduction/self-care/ 8 Ways to help yourself and others https://happiful.com/coronavirus-ways-to-help/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=week_20_11 45 simple self-care practices for a healthy mind, body and soul https://tinybuddha.com/blog/45-simple-self-care-practices-for-a-healthy-mind-body-and-soul/ YOGA Free online yoga with Adriene https://yogawithadriene.com/home-30-days-of-yoga/ https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

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Anxiety UK has created a really good section of resources and support to manage coronavirus anxiety. Lots of webinars- recorded and live ones being organised. Check these out https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/

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We've just put together a blog post that contains some resources that people can use for their wellbeing. You can have a look at it here http://frontlinenetwork.org.uk/news-and-views/2020/04/worker-wellbeing-during-covid-19/

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Diversity & Ability have posted some links and info about managing mental health while working from home https://diversityandability.com/blog/supporting-your-mental-health-while-working-from-home/

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Think Productive have free webinars and resources for working from home https://thinkproductive.com/wfh/

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Humankind have put together a guide for Independent Reflective Practice that people can use http://frontlinenetwork.org.uk/media/2044/a-guide-to-independent-reflective-practice_wyfi_march-2020-4.pdf

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Khulisa have some helpful tips & techniques to manage anxiety during a pandemic for practitioners and people they are supporting. https://www.khulisa.co.uk/tips-techniques-for-managing-anxiety-in-a-pandemic/

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Bird Movement have lots of helpful blogs and resources on supporting wellbeing and resilience on their website http://www.birdmovement.com/blog-2/ You can also sign up to their e-news to get up to date information on their work and resources.

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