Mental wellbeing is the combination of how we feel emotionally and psychologically and how this affects the way in which we function.
Mental wellbeing is about feeling good about yourself and the world around you, whilst being able to cope with the normal stresses of life. Mental wellbeing is about much more than just the absence of mental disorder.
Information and Resources
National Mental Wellbeing Support Line
A National Mental Wellbeing support line is available for everyone working in health and social care services. It is a compassionate listening service which you can access whenever you need it – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 0800 111 4191. A 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline operated by Shout – NHS staff can simply text FRONTLINE to 85258.
Andy’s Man Club
Andy’s Man Club – a men’s suicide prevention charity, offering free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups across the United Kingdom and online. They want to end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and help men through the power of conversation. #ITSOKAYTOTALK
Staff in all areas within NHS Forth Valley can access coaching. We have accredited coaches who can provide a confidential safe space and an opportunity where you have time to think and reflect on your thoughts and feelings. Coaching can support you with your health and wellbeing to increase resourcefulness and resilience in times of stress. Coaching can be face-to-face or remotely by phone, or video conference. If you are interested in having a coach, please email email@example.com or phone 0785 444 7015.
Coaching for Wellbeing (Know You More) – a free, digital coaching service for all health and social care staff. Coaching is a safe, confidential, enabling and developmental relationship which is tailored to your specific needs, style and context.
Counselling and Psychological Therapies Self-referral
Staff can self-refer to Occupational Health for counselling and psychological therapies by completing a form on the eOPAS section of the Staff Intranet, calling Occupational Health on 01324 566663,or visiting the Occupational Health Department on the second floor of Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
Daylight (Big Health) – Daylight is a smartphone-based cognitive behavioural therapy programme which aims to help you develop evidence-based techniques which you can put into practice any time you feel yourself struggling with anxiety.
Lifelines Scotland – Lifelines Scotland have developed a Staying Well Road Trip for emergency responders, but we think it might be helpful to all those providing care to others. The Road Trip is designed to get you thinking about things that might help protect your mental wellbeing, as well as some of the challenges which might negatively affect it. You’ll learn about resilience building, identify factors within your role which might protect you against stressful or traumatic experiences, identify challenges within your role which might worsen stressful experiences, and be supported to recognise the signs that you’re not ok. You can take this virtual Road Trip around Scotland at your own pace, and retake it as often as you need.
Medical Peer Support
Forth Valley Medical Peer Support Network provides peer support for non training grade secondary care doctors working in NHS Forth Valley (e.g. Consultant, Staff grade, Associate Specialist, Specialty Doctor). It is provided by a group of trained senior Doctors who are willing to listen to and talk with a colleague seeking peer support. The conversation is confidential and no records are kept. You can find more information about the service, who the Peer Supporters are and how to contact your chosen Peer Supporter here.
Mental Health Workforce Service
All regulated NHS and care staff working as part of the Scottish workforce can access to a new specialist service offering confidential mental health assessment and treatment. The Workforce Specialist Service is delivered by experts with experience in treating a range of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression or addiction, with a focus on the impact this may have on a person’s work. You can find out more and how to access the service here or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 0303 300 (Monday – Friday 8am-8pm, Sat 8-2pm).
Peer Support for Doctors in Training (DiT)
We have our very own peer support service for doctors-in-training. This service aims to provide a non-judgemental listening ear if you are having problems or experiencing tough situations in life. We also highlight resources or services that might be helpful. This service is completely confidential. There is a peer support account (fv.DiTsupport@nhs.scot) you can email which can only be accessed by the peer supporters. Alternatively, you can choose to email us individually. One of us will get in touch with you within 48-72 hours, Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. We can then arrange to meet in person or talk over the phone.
Psychological First Aid
Psychological First Aid via telephone can be accessed directly by phoning the National Wellbeing Helpline for Staff 0800 111 4191. Staff can have 3 sessions by phone for support and then referred on locally if they need more. You can also access Psychological First Aid within NHS Forth Valley via referral from your GP.
Ripples of Grief
Ripples of Grief – A short film which explores ways in which healthcare professionals can support people who are bereaved as well as look after their own wellbeing. It is structured around 10 tips / key points and features perspectives from three current / previous members of the NHS Education of Scotland Board Bereavement Strategic Lead & Coordinator Network
Self-help Guides (NHS Forth Valley) – Link to downloadable self-help guides covering a range of topics from addiction to exercise.
Silvercloud (National Wellbeing Hub) – Silvercloud is an online cognitive behavioural therapy programme providing you with the tools to manage a number of common issues. Courses cover topics including Resilience, Sleep, Alcohol, Anxiety, Depression, Money Worries, and Stress. Each course is self-directed, completed at your own pace, and contains a mix of educational information, interactive tools, videos, and reflective exercises.
Spiritual Care Support
Spiritual Care and Support – The Spiritual Care Service provides a safe and confidential space for staff to talk about what’s going on for them at moment – either by phone or face-to-face in the spiritual care centre at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. To access support, please phone the spiritual care office on 01324 566071 during office hours or email email@example.com.
Understanding Anxiety and Panic Attacks (Mind) – Self-help guide for panic attacks.
Apps and Wellbeing Programmes
There are a number of useful apps which can support your wellbeing at this time. Visit your app store on your mobile or via the links below.
ACT Companion: The Happiness Trap App – Based on ACT principles; be present, open up and do what matters.
Better Health NHS
Better Health (NHS) – When we are faced with stress it can be difficult to concentrate, focus our attention and make decisions. Ways of coping that have worked in the past for us, may not work currently or we may be limited in being able to carry them out. Some days will be better than others. It’s useful to have a range of coping strategies. The NHS website offers a short quiz to work out what type of strategy may be useful and gives alternative suggestions and tips to try.
Breathing Exercises for Stress
Breathing exercises for stress (NHS) – Learning how to breathe as a way of calming our bodies can make a big difference.
Clear Your Head Scotland
Clear Your Head Scotland – A range of tips and ideas to help you keep a clear head during these uncertain times.
Daylight – A smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice, and animation. You will need to download the app ‘Daylight – Worry Less’ onto your phone and it is free for everyone in Scotland.
Free Mindfulness – Worrying thoughts typically focus on imagined negative and catastrophic outcomes in the future. Mindfulness is a very effective way to bring our attention back to what we are experiencing in the current moment.
Headspace is a mindfulness app and website. It is now offering NHS staff free access until the end of 2020. All you will need is your NHS email address to register and log on.
Living With Worry & Anxiety
Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty – Finding ways to manage your worrying thoughts can be really helpful – this guide uses a cognitive behavioural approach (CBT). It contains information on managing worries, finding a life balance in the current climate of uncertainty and an activity menu for ways to stay occupied. These might also be helpful for friends and family at home.
Psychological First Aid
Psychological First Aid – the principles of this are applicable to all health and social care staff looking after the public and colleagues, whatever their role. Psychological First Aid is known to improve the longer-term psychosocial outcomes and effective recovery for people in times of crisis, such as this ongoing pandemic. Psychological First Aid involves offering humane, supportive and practical help, as well as paying attention to the factors that seem to be most helpful to people’s long-term recovery. Here is an infographic summarizing the key components of Psychological First Aid for Others as well as suggestions for Self Care in a Crisis.
Sleepio – A clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep. You can access Sleepio via your laptop or desktop computer and it is free for everyone in Scotland.
Step on Stress
Step on Stress – Step on Stress is a 3-week, pre-recorded stress management course aimed at those with mild to moderate stress. It is available via live-stream over Teams with a moderated question and answer function and has also recently returned to community settings. Each session covers a different topic and lasts just over one hour.
Stress Management for Health Care Professionals – this document suggest ways to monitor your stress level as well as on the spot ways of calming and grounding yourself at work.
Student Health Toolkit
NHS 24 Student Health Toolkit – This toolkit is for professionals who support and advise students in colleges and universities in Scotland. It contains suggested social copy, a range of clickable banners suitable for use across websites and social media that signpost to student health support, and a MS Sway document highlighting key services and how to access them.
You may also find the following websites of assistance:
- NHS Education for Scotland
- NHS Inform
- Support in Mind Scotland
- Breathing Space
- Mental Health Foundation
- Spaces for Listening being offered to all staff who wish to take part;
- The organisation continues to increase funding and resourcing to allow offerings such as Coaching for Wellbeing, Psychological Therapies and Counselling;
- Working closely with partners such as Art Link and Forestry and Land Scotland to continue our collaborative approach to creative ways to support mental health and wellbeing;
- Review work underway for current policies and workloads to try and support staff to minimise stress and potential burnout;
- Consultation events like World Cafes being set-up to target various staff groups and ensure a menu of support is available that best suits the needs of our workforce.