In this section you’ll find tips, advice, guidance and links to resources that we hope will support you over the coming weeks and months in relation to:
There are also additional wellbeing resources to those below for staff in the following services:
As we begin to spend more time outdoors, especially in the sunny weather, we share advice on how to enjoy the sun safely.
Our Occupational Health provider, Optima Health, have clinicians who are trained on post Covid Syndrome, ie not recovering in excess of 12 weeks following the start of Covid symptoms.
If you feel you require this support please speak to your line manager and a referral will be made via the usual Occupational Health referral process.
If you have had Covid-19 and have recovered or are recovering but need some extra support, you can find advice and information on the websites below:
We’ve all had to adapt to new challenges and a different way of living as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Scottish Government guidelines on what we can and can't do when we are out and about have been put in place to help prevent any further outbreaks of the virus but unfortunately they can also leave people feeling stressed, anxious or scared. This is normal - most of us have never experienced anything like this before. So now, more than ever, it’s important to look after our mental wellbeing.
Below you will find links to support groups as well as helpful hints, tips and advice to help you cope during the more difficult times.
We are working in partnership with Shout, a text-based, crisis intervention support for anyone struggling with their mental health that is available for free, 24 hours a day. Just text 'Clacks' to 85258 to be put through to a trained volunteer.
A free mental health check-in tool, which allows users to assess their current state of mind whilst also providing suggestions for improvements. The tool is completely anonymous, and it has been purposely designed to be so in order for all users to feel comfortable in answering honestly and openly, with jargon free guidance and tips for improvement.
The full One Million Lives check-in takes 15 minutes. Try to do this monthly.
There are a number of places to access support in relation to Mental Health at work.
Mental Health at Work website
The https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/website also brings a lot of resources together.
It’s good to talk to family or friends but it’s important to recognise that there may be times when you might need a bit of extra support.
If you feel that things are starting to get on top of you, you feel isolated or you’ve noticed little things like changes to your mood, speak to your line manager or you can get support from our employee assistance programme, PAM Assist. It is available 24 hours and you can contact them on 0800 882 4102 or through their website via the link given. (user name: ClackmanEAP, Password: ClackmanEAP1).
Mental Health First Aiders
There are a number of staff members who are trained as Mental Health First Aiders and have volunteered to support any colleagues who need their help. They are:
If you would like to be considered for this training in the future, please email email@example.com
However, if you don’t feel comfortable speaking to someone at work, there are plenty of other organisations who will be able to help and support you.
Silvercloud Self Help for Wellbeing is a digital platform launched by the Scottish Government. The platform provides open access (no referral required) to four Wellbeing modules – stress, Sleep, Resilience and Covid-19.
To access the Silvercloud Self Help platform, use PIN code: Scotland2020
This is a positive mindset App which aims to help you overcome stress, low mood and worry.
You can install the App for free on your device and Track 1 is pre-loaded.
You can unlock the remaining tracks using the following login details:
Working from home means that the usual support we access in the workplace may not be readily available to us. A homeworking wellness action plan can be helpful in such situation.
If you or anyone you know would like more information on domestic abuse, please refer to our web page by following the link given.
Daylight is an app that will teach you ways to manage worry and anxiety in your life.
Through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, Daylight offers audio-led guidance tailored to your unique problematic thoughts, behaviours, and responses to worry and anxiety. The programme introduces you to a range of techniques and guides you through daily practice sessions.
If you think that someone may be struggling, it’s important to stay connected with the person. A simple visit, phone call, email, text or Whats App message can make a big difference.
It’s the little things which mean a lot to someone feeling lonely and it can help them to understand their feelings or help ease their anxiety.
If you’re worried about a colleague, you should let your manager know. They can set up weekly one-to-ones and small team chats over the phone or create a virtual safe place for people to talk about how they are feeling.
If you’re worried about the effect that the Coronavirus pandemic is having or has had on you’re children, then it may be comforting to know that you’re not alone!
Pick the right moment, listen to their concerns and then be honest and open with them. Try and answer their questions as best as you can and focus on the many acts of kindness taking place with people helping in their community and tell them what they can do to help.
You can find more information and tips at:
It’s well documented that taking some form of exercise is not only good for your physical health but also you’re mental health, so staying active is really important.
Being physically active helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol and can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It can also help to keep your immune system working effectively. As well as this, keeping active is a great way ward off some of the psychological issues associated with being cooped up for an extended time and as research has shown, it can promote the release of feel-good hormones such as endorphins.
The NHS recommends 150 minutes of “moderate” activity or 75 minutes of “vigorous” activity – or a combination of both – per week. But it’s important that whatever activity you do, you should do this to a level that you are comfortable with and follow Scottish Government guidance when exercising outside, including staying 2m away from others.
Visit NHS Live Well to get a better understanding of how much and what type of exercise you should do. The page also has physical activity recommendations for early childhood, young people and older adults.
Take it one day at a time and build yourself up gradually.
Since the lockdown, there are a number virtual exercise options from High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sessions to Yoga and Pilates classes.
So if exercise classes are your thing, or you’re just looking for ideas of how to stay active with children, here’s just a few free options for you to consider:
What we eat is just as important as exercise to make sure we all stay as healthy as possible during the Coronavirus outbreak.
You can get advice and guidance on healthy eating from the NHS Eat Well.
Online shopping slots can help you cut down on trips to the supermarket and avoid the queues by creating a weekly menu and a shopping list of all the ingredients you’ll need. It can save you money and help limit your food shopping to once a week.
Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC) aims to offer personal, on-going, emotional support and practical guidance for people struggling to recover from an eating disorder or the conditions relating to eating disorders such as self-harm.
As well as our helplines we offer a Befriending Service which matches volunteers who have had their own experience of an eating disorder, have recovered and are able to give their support to someone who is struggling with their recovery.
For more information please refer to our website www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk.