The wellbeing of your workforce is paramount for the continuation of services, however there may be times when some staff break under the current media pressure and work demands. Here are some useful support numbers and websites to support staff in Telecare during these times:
The Sanctuary (mental health crisis line) - 0300 003 7029 - operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year for people who are struggling to cope, experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks or are in crisis.
The MIND charity has a number of sites across the UK who offer mental health support; contact details for your local MIND resource can be accessed from their website; www.mind.org.uk
Help the Aged 0800 678 1602 open 08:00-19:00
Silverline 0800 4708090 open24/7
Free of charge https://ecouch.anu.edu.au/new_users/welcome01
Free of charge http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/consumers.cfm
Free of charge https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression
Free of charge https://www.mind.org.uk
Free of charge www.hubofhope.co.uk
Apps: There are several free apps available through the different app stores that are really simple to use to help you practice mindfulness or meditation. These include: Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer, Serenity, Stop, Breathe & Think, Senseful.
External websites: Make use of trusted sources of information to bolster your mental resilience - have a look at the NHS Every Mind Matters website. This site provides a range of information and tools that you might find useful: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mindmatters/your-mind-plan-quiz/
The Mental Health Foundation has some information which is specific to the current outbreak: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-yourmental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak .
BBC News item on coronavirus: ‘How to protect your mental health’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799 (accessed 16 March 2020)