Looking after your mental health
Mental health problems are increasingly affecting the workplace and is among the leading cause of sickness absence. During the current pandemic there are many reasons people need support; financial insecurity, not seeing family, friends, colleagues or customers. Whatever the size of your business, everyone needs help sometimes. Your GP can offer you and your employees support and advice. On this page are links to a number of resources that could help when things get too much.
COVID-19 and mental health
NHS ‘Every Mind Matters’ offers Coronavirus and mental health advice.
Public Health England gives guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus.
Mental Health Foundation, for Coronavirus and mental health advice.
Mind gives various advice and further links to wellbeing through coronavirus including the Wellness Action Plan which is a useful tool for staff to broker discussions about their wellbeing needs with their Manager.
Action for Happiness offer various mood lifters, and a free online coaching program to boost wellbeing.
Rethink Mental Illness has specific advice for anyone with a mental health condition, or their carers, including the temporary changes to the mental health act and their information service.
Psychological First Aid Training Module, an online training module on the emotional aspects of Covid‐19.
The Samaritans have a range of support tools including a self help app and tips on how to cope during the pandemic.
General wellbeing and mental health support
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Psychological Wellbeing Service is a NHS funded service providing psychological therapies for anyone who is experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Individuals can self refer.
Mental Health at Work offers useful toolkits including mental health for small workplaces.
Public Health England and Business in the Community Mental Health for Employers Toolkit gives positive practical and strategic advice on developing good mental health in the workplace for both small and large employers.
Public Health England and Business in the Community Employers Suicide Prevention Toolkit helps employers, Line Managers, HR and Occupational Health staff identify employees who may have suicidal feelings and gives advice on how to deal with a crisis situation.
Public Health England's Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign supports the nation’s mental wellbeing with the message that “When things aren’t so good out there, make inside feel better”.
Keep Your Head is a comprehensive and reliable website with information on mental wellbeing and services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
NHS Mood zone offers general mental health and wellbeing guidance.
Andy’s Man Club is a weekly supportive talking groups specifically for men. There is a physical group in Peterborough and virtual support can also be accessed.
Zero Suicide Alliance Online Suicide Prevention Training. offers simple 20 minute online suicide awareness training.
ACAS has a range of advice for employers and employees, including mental health at work tips and videos
Mental Health First Aid has a number of resources and advice for remote working.
Lifecraft is a user-led organisation for adults in the Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Newmarket area who have experience of mental health difficulties in their lives.
Help and support lines
Anxiety UK has increased helpline coverage, online support groups and webinars.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough First Response Service offer urgent mental health support for those in crisis. 24 hour access available 7 days a week.
Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) is a values-based, county-wide mental health charity. Offers telephone and video call support
Calm has a helpline and webchat service.
NHS mental health help lines directory is a list of general and charity sector support lines.
Shout is a free text service for anyone after immediate support for their mental health.
Action for Happiness is a daily companion for a happier life. Receive simple, daily actions designed to boost your wellbeing and happiness.
Calm offers mindfulness, meditation and breathing programmes to help lower stress, anxiety and promote more restful sleep.
Catch It helps you learn to look at problems differently, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing using an ongoing diary.
Feeling Good improves your thoughts, feelings, self‐esteem and self‐confidence through audio tracks using the principles of cognitive therapy.
Formscore is a useful app for people to reflect on their mental health by using a score out of 10 and connect with those around you.
Headspace is a guide to mindfulness for everyday life, teaching you techniques to help deal with stress and anxiety, relax your mind and improve sleep.
My Possible Self lets you can pick from 10 modules to learn how to manage fear, anxieties and stress, and take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Reflectly is a simple personal journaling app, mood tracker and daily gratitude journal for self-care, offering daily motivational messages.
Stress & Anxiety Companion offers guided breathing exercises, relaxing music and games made to help calm the mind, and handle stress and anxiety on the go.
Ten Percent Happier helps you to get better at feeling good with guided meditations, videos, talks and sleep content.
Thrive is an evidence based app to prevent and manage stress and anxiety using clinically proven techniques.
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