Work related stress, worker wellbeing and mental health

HSE has resources to help employers support staff with work-related stress and mental health conditions.  Planning, training and support can all reduce pressure and bring stress levels down.

These resources include a guide to spotting signs of stress, advice for line managers on how to support workers with their mental health and a link to a talking tool kit, which can help employers plan conversations with workers and prevent stress in the changing working environment.

 

Lifeline

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Helpline

FREEPHONE 0808 808 2121

From 1 October 2020 Lifeline’s hours will be:

11am – 11pm Monday – Friday

2pm – 11pm Saturday – Sunday

Lifeline is a free, confidential and anonymous telephone helpline service that is currently available from 11am – 11pm Monday – Friday and 2pm – 11pm Saturday – Sunday (usually 7pm – 11pm).  The Line provides listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress.

Are you needing someone to talk to, perhaps struggling with day-to-day life, feeling anxious or depressed, experienced a recent bereavement or other losses in your life? You may be struggling with thoughts of suicide, self-harm or other difficult thoughts.

Our trained volunteers are here to offer support. It may be easier to talk to someone anonymously – we are here for you. At Lifeline we do not give advice but enable you to explore options and signpost where necessary.

Lifeline is supported by CPSL Mind and other partners.

 

Hitting the 6 month wall

“The six-month mark in any sustained crisis is always difficult. We have all adjusted to this "new normal," but might now feel like we're running out of steam. Yet, at best, we are only one third of the way through this marathon. How can we keep going? First, in my experience, this is a very normal time to struggle or slump.’

Nancy Doyle, an organisational psychologist, references this advice from Professor Aisha Ahmad of the University of Toronto in her article about  the psychological effects of reaching the 6 month point in a crisis.

She explores the feelings of exhaustion, struggle and general ’slump’ in emotion and motivation that many of us are feeling right now. It offers practical advice on how to cope, how to look after our health, how to set more realistic expectations of what we can – and perhaps cannot achieve - and how to maintain a sense of perspective as we move through this very difficult and challenging time.

Read the article in full here.

 

CCVS Coffee time briefing: 5 Ways to Wellbeing resources

Our 5 Ways to Wellbeing coffee time briefing was led by Anna Gilchrist who is the Coordinator for the Illuminate Community Group.

Illuminate is a professional, not-for-profit organisation that specialises in mental health coaching and training to help people make positive changes. ‘We work with individuals in the community who are unemployed and with businesses.

 

During the briefing Anna referred to the following resources to help individuals to manage their mental health and wellbeing:

A resource from New Zealand: Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit

Suffolk’s Five Ways to Wellbeing from Healthy Suffolk

COVID 19 Psychological First Aid training

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is the globally recommended training for supporting people during emergencies and offers guidance on delivering psychosocial care in the immediate aftermath of the emergency event.

On this course, you’ll explore the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to help people cope.

This free course has been produced by Public Health England and is based on international guidance from the World Health Organisation, United Nations and partners. It will teach you the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies.