Staff Health & Wellbeing
Information and resources for staff across the partnership
We all know that a healthy and happy workforce is more productive, motivated and engaged. Staff health and wellbeing is a key driver in improving outcomes for the communities we support. Staff wellbeing is always important, but even more so during these worrying and uncertain times.
The coronavirus outbreak has changed daily life for us, and has had a real impact on how many of us are feeling. It is more important than ever that we look after our physical and mental health.
This page was designed by health and social care, but the resources can be used by all staff. The page has excellent resources and supports that can help you to manage your own emotional and mental wellbeing or support staff.
Psychological Wellbeing for you & your team
As the pandemic and its effects will be felt for a long time, the NES Psychology of Dementia team have developed a series of podcasts to support managers and staff.
These resources promote psychological wellbeing, including the use of Psychological First Aid (PFA), and practical strategies to protect managers and staffs psychological wellbeing when faced with heightened stresses when at work.
The Scottish Government’s ‘Clear Your Head’ campaign highlights the practical things people can do to help them feel better whilst continuing to stay at home, acknowledging these are worrying and uncertain times for many.
Simple steps to taking better care of our mental health and wellbeing over the coming weeks include:
- Keeping to a routine – trying to sleep and wake at the same time, and eating at regular times.
- Moving more – staying active, within the current guidance, to boost your mood.
- Taking a break – limiting exposure to the news on social media if you feel things are getting on top of you, instead using fun games, quizzes and apps online to pass the time.
- Making time for yourself – simply taking a breather or doing something you enjoy.
- Keeping in touch – phoning family and friends to ease worry and feel connected.
Along with a range of tips on how to stay positive, the website signposts to sources of help and advice including NHS Inform, and helplines including NHS24, Breathing Space, SAMH and the Samaritans.
Accessible for all but might have some council specific references. Information on:
Working from home – Also see ‘Finding Your Campfire: A Remote Working Survival Guide’ by Julian Stodd.
You may also find the following Wellbeing resources useful:
Coping Calendars in different languages:
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING
NHS Forth Valley: SilverCloud Digital Mental Health Platform
Self-help programmes for wellbeing and mental health.
“Our self-help programmes give you the skills to deal with everyday issues that affect your emotional health.”
Some apps to support Mental Health:
NHS Forth Valley Guidance:
Breathing Space: on 0800 83 85 87 or Breathing Space Scotland Website
FDAMH – Falkirk District Association for Mental Health FDAMH Online Help
Meditation – Guided Meditation Videos
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This increases awareness, clarity and acceptance of our present-moment reality.
Stress Management –
Trauma – Window of Tolerance Video: The ways that the experience of psychological trauma can affect our emotional window of tolerance, The video below explores what we can do to create environments that support a person to stay in their optimal green zone.
Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and kinder world