Psychosocial mental health and wellbeing support

Key resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of you and your staff members. Includes sections on managing stress, coping and resilience.

Introduction

From Clare Haughey, Minister for Mental Health:

The current COVID-19 pandemic will affect us all in different ways: physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically. Staff on the front line of health and social care services will experience varying levels of stress and distress at points. This is normal and predictable.

These pages have been collated to summarise the best available knowledge in this area at the current time with associated relevant links. It will be updated and added to on an ongoing basis.

As much as this is a stressful time, we also know that people faced with chronic stress and adversity will often show enormous fortitude and resilience in the face of immense pressure.

Learning Site

Psychosocial mental health and wellbeing support: Learning site

For resources and materials to support your mental health and wellbeing visit our dedicated learning site

If you already have an idea of what resources you are looking for, the links below will take you straight the relevant section of the learning site

I am looking for information on:

Taking care of myself

Resources to support my own wellbeing, this includes

  • Coping with changes to normal life
  • General principles of self care
  • Self care for specialist workforces
  • Coping with increased stress: access to digital wellbeing apps and resources

Taking care of others

Resources to support the wellbeing of other people, this includes

  • Psychological First Aid, and guidance on when people might need additional support
  • Working with children and young people
  • Working with people with vulnerabilities such as learning difficulties, dementia or people with pre-existing mental or physical health conditions
  • Guidance on offering services remotely

Taking care of my staff

Resources to help me as a manager support the wellbeing of my staff, this includes

  • Using Psychological First Aid to support staff
  • Additional guidance to enhance staff resilience and wellbeing