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Health and Wellbeing

Welcome to our Health and Wellbeing page.  We have collated a number of resources from various sources, to help you identify what health and wellbeing support is available to you and how you may access them.  We have indicated in brackets where a link will take you i.e. either to an NHS or non-NHS (external) website.

We will be updating this page on a regular basis as we become aware of more resources or as we develop them, so please return as often as you need to.

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Wellbeing Matters is a mental health and wellbeing staff support service funded by NHS England and hosted by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation trust.  It offers free, fast, and confidential psychological support for all health and social care staff who work or live in Berkshire.

Wellbeing Matters can support you in different ways, including:

Visit their website to learn more about how ‘Wellbeing Matters’ can help you.

Contact Wellbeing Matters

If you work or Live in Oxfordshire or Buckinghamshire and would prefer not to use ‘You Matter’, you may initially approach ‘Wellbeing Matters’.

You Matter provides wellbeing and psychological guidance to health and care staff in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, signposting you to effective and confidential treatments delivered by fully trained and accredited NHS practitioners.  They can help with mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression, as well as substance misuse.   In addition they can help you find your way through the many wellbeing offers available to you.

Visit their website to learn more about how You Matter can help you.

Contact You Matter

If you work or Live in West Berkshire and would prefer not to use ‘Wellbeing Matter’, you may initially approach ‘You Matter’.

Urgent Mental Health Support

If you need urgent mental health support and advice:

  • Call NHS 111 for physical or mental health emergencies (available 24/7)
  • Samaritans: call 116 123 (available 24/7)
  • SHOUT85258: text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 (available 24/7)

 

Health and Wellbeing

Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing

  1. Connect with other people

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing, they can:

    • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
    • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
    • provide emotional support and allow you to support others

There are lots of things you could try to help build stronger and closer relationships.

  1. Be physically active

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

    • raising your self-esteem (NHS)
    • helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
    • causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood
  1. Learn new skills

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

    • boosting self-confidence and raising your self-esteem (NHS)
    • helping you to build a sense of purpose
    • helping you to connect with others
    • Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life
  1. Give to others

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:

    • creating positive feelings and a sense of reward
    • giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth
    • helping you connect with other people
    • It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community
  1. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
    • Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you
    • Some people call this awareness ‘mindfulness’.  Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
    • Read more about mindfulness (NHS), including steps you can take to be more mindful in your everyday life.

For more information on the 5 steps to mental wellbeing, click here to navigate to the NHS website.


 

Mental Health


Sleep

  • Trouble sleeping? (NHS – Every Mind Matters) – if you’re having sleep problems, there are simple steps you can take to ease those restless nights. Find out how to get to sleep and how to sleep better.
  • How to fall asleep faster and sleep better (NHS – Every Mind Matters) – the advice you will find here is a good way to get you thinking about your sleep and what may be stopping you from sleeping well. We also have some simple steps you can take to make a change.
  • A guide to good sleep (NHS – Our People) – sleep is a cornerstone of our health and protecting it is important, this brief guide will help you do that. The NHS have produced a guide to good sleep in partnership with Sleepio that provides tips and advice around sleeping well.  You can also download the Sleepio app to get a personalized sleep programme.

Coaching and Mentoring

  • Primary Care Mentoring (Oxfordshire Training Hub) – this service is available to GPs in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West who need support with a personal or work-related problem, or would benefit from a friendly, confidential chat with a local GP mentor.
  • Looking after you too (NHSE/I) – individual coaching for primary care staff. This will be a space for you to offload the demands of whatever you are experiencing and be supported in developing practical strategies for dealing with this.
  • Coaching and Mentoring for Team Leaders (NHS – Our People) – NHS England have partnered with coaching providers to provide free, confidential 1:1 coaching or mentoring support sessions for all NHS and social care leaders.
  • Looking after your team (NHSE/I) – coaching support for those who lead, manage or organize a team or group in primary care. Coaching is centred around compassionate and collaborative team leadership. The aim is to encourage psychological wellbeing and resilience in teams while supporting them to continue to deliver projects, services and high-quality care to patients.

Dealing with Trauma

  • The Recovery Phase (NHS – Our People) – resources in this guide are based upon experience gained through dealing with major incidents that benefit from an approach to dealing with traumas through critical periods. Not everybody is going to recover from these quite quickly and be able to return to the kind of place that’s traumatised them.
  • Trauma Risk Management – TRiM is a proactive, post traumatic peer group delivered management strategy that aims to keep employees of hierarchical organizations functioning after traumatic events, to provide support and education to those who require it and to identify those with difficulties that require more specialist input. We are working on how we may implement TRiM across BOB as part of several projects.
  • Mind – Post-traumatic stress disorder (Mind.org.uk) – this external website explains what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support.  Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.
  • PTSD UK (PTSD.org) – this external website raises awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Mental Health Foundation (mentalhealth.org.uk) – this external website provides information relating to traumatic events and the impact on mental health.

Leadership

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


Substance Misuse and Gambling

Domestic Abuse Support


Money Support and Advice

  • The Money Advice Service – an organisation that works to improve peoples’ financial wellbeing across the UK, providing provide free and independent support. NHS telephone support line: 0800 448 0826, WhatsApp: 07701 342 744.
  • Citizen Advice (citizensadvice.org.uk) – an external website to with access to free, confidential and impartial debt advice service.  Citizens Advice staff get specialist training on how to deal with individuals with mental health problems.  Helpline: 03444 111 444.
  • Step Change (stepchange.org) – an external website with access to debt help service that also provide extra support in completing forms or benefits checks.  Phone: 0800 138 1111.
  • Financial wellbeing (NHSE/I) – NHS England has compiled tools and resources from the Money Advice Service.
  • Coping with money worries and job uncertainty during COVID-19 (NHS – Every Mind Matters).
  • Turn2Us (turn2us.org.uk) – an external website which allows you to check your eligibility for benefits and grants. You put in your details and the website will calculate what you are entitled to.

Mindfulness and Relaxation

Dealing with Loss

Other Resources

  • 7 simple tips to tackle working from home – simple tips can help you feel more productive and motivated, and take care of your mental health while working from home.
  • Remote working guide – this guide is designed to provide you with top tips to stay connected, feel productive and maintain your wellbeing if you and your team find yourselves working remotely.
  • Caring for your family – support and advice on supporting your family on the Wellbeing Matters website.
  • Northumberland Guide – this website offers self-help literature to download in several formats. Information available on topics such as abuse, alcohol, anxiety, bereavement, controlling anger, depression, health anxiety, panic, postnatal depression, self-harm, sleep problems and stress.
  • Reconnect2Life – a free online, user friendly self-help guide to living with and managing chronic pain. Reconnect2Life is an interactive programme to help you look at your pain and how it affects you. It consists of a number of different modules which you can work through and complete.
  • Relate – Relate provide a free 30 minute webchat or phone conversation for NHS staff to talk about day to day issues or concerns you may be having, including stress or anxiety, family related worries, challenges with partners, colleagues, wider family or friends, or not having the time to focus on your own wellbeing. Their website also has resources on different relationship or wellbeing troubles you may be experiencing.
  • Managing Long COVID – information regarding the symptoms and coping with long covid on the Wellbeing Matters website.
  • Shielding and returning to work.
  • Resources for Balancing Home Schooling and Working.
  • Motivation – a short bite-size learning course looking at Motivation.
  • Courageous Conversations – looking at what makes a conversation courageous and how you can have successful conversations that make a difference.
  • 10 minute pause spaces – Pauses Spaces allow people to take a pause, and learn the three teachable habits that lie at the heart of ‘Compassion Circle’ practice.
  • The power of emotional intelligence.
  • Lose weight – If you’re overweight, losing weight has many health benefits.  Making small, simple changes to what and how much you are eating, and drinking can really help you lose the pounds.
  • What you can do if you feel lonely – if you’re feeling lonely at the moment, the following tips can help. Different things work for different people, so try to find what suits you, and seek further support if you feel you need it.

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