Mental health

This page will direct AHPs working with people experiencing mental ill health or mental distress to information, resources and guidance to support their own practice.


AHPs across health and social care are working with people and their families and carers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes people recovering from the virus, those who have been impacted by lockdown or shielding and those who have been impacted by the pausing of usual services. Whatever your role or clinical environment you will need to be able to respond to the mental health needs of the people you offer service to, including responding to distress, supporting resilience and coping strategies, and understanding the impact of trauma, grief and distress.  The tools and resources on this page have been selected to equip AHPs (who are not mental health specialist practitioners) to be better able support people with mental health needs.   

Mental health improvement and prevention of self harm and suicide
Mental health

A series of animations and learning bytes to support practice at the informed and skilled level of Scotland’s Knowledge and Skills Framework for Mental Health Improvement, Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention. The resources include responding to people in mental distress and crisis, supporting people at risk of suicide or self harm and supporting recovery.  

Supporting people with anxiety and low mood
Supporting people with low confidence and self-esteem

New ways of living and working as a result of the pandemic can have an impact on people’s confidence and self-esteem.

  • This weblink may be useful for people experiencing low self-esteem.
  • This YouTube clip offers some broad tools to boost resilience. 
Supporting people who are bereaved or have experienced trauma

In light of the increase in bereavement, loss and trauma we may experience, here are some good resources that can be accessed to support both your own practice and the people you support:

Supporting people to keep active

We know that there are strong links between physical activity and mental wellbeing. The NHS Inform webpage includes useful resources to support people to keep active. 

Supporting people with work and employment

Work is an important part of everyday life, providing routine, structure, social contact, finance, purpose and a sense of belonging. The recent pandemic will have impacted working roles in many ways. The resources below will help you to have conversations about work with the people you support and signpost them to information and advice: