Looking after your mental health
Mental health problems are increasingly affecting the workplace and are among the leading cause of sickness absence. There are many reasons people need support, including financial insecurity, feeling isolated, climate change and rising costs. 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.
General wellbeing and mental health support
Below is a list of online resources to help general wellbeing and mental health support
ACAS has a range of advice for employers and employees, including mental health at work tips and videos.
Action for Happiness offer various mood lifters, and a free online coaching program to boost wellbeing.
Andy’s Man Club is a weekly supportive talking group specifically for men. There is a physical group in Peterborough and virtual support can also be accessed.
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.
Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind are passionate about positive wellbeing and provide support to local people who may experience mental health challenges. You can sign up anonymously to their free online support and wellbeing community Qwell as part of the Good Life Service.
How Are You South Cambs? brings together everything in South Cambridgeshire that promotes positive mental health. From a friendly ‘how are you’, to activity groups and much more – it’s all about taking care of our mental wellbeing.
Keep Your Head is a comprehensive and reliable website with information on mental wellbeing and services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Lifecraft is a user-led organisation for adults in the Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Newmarket area who have first-hand experience of mental health difficulties.
Mental Health at Work offers useful toolkits, including mental health for small workplaces.
Mental Health First Aid has a number of resources and advice for remote working.
Nick Elston is one of the highest-profile mental health inspirational speakers. On his YouTube channel, Nick shares his own experience through insights, tools, tips and techniques. He teaches others how to manage anxiety in life and in business, and has run a series of webinars for the Council.
NHS ‘Every Mind Matters’ offers a wide range of mental health advice.
OK Rehab is a UK-based helpline for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction issues. They work in partnership with over 140 treatment providers to locate tailored addiction treatment.
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.
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. It also gives advice on how to deal with a crisis situation.
Rethink Mental Illness has specific advice for anyone with a mental health condition, or their carers. Information includes temporary changes to the Mental Health Act.
The Samaritans have a range of support tools, including a self-help app and tips on how to cope during difficult times.
ZSA is a members-led charity dedicated to preventing suicide. It offers simple 20 minute online suicide awareness training.
Help and support lines
Below are some helplines if you need to talk to someone
Anxiety UK has increased helpline coverage, online support groups and webinars.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough First Response Service offers 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. It offers telephone and video call support.
Calm has a helpline and webchat service available between 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.
NHS mental health services has a list of general and charity sector support lines.
Shout is a free text service for anyone who is in need of immediate support for their mental health.
These downloadable apps help relieve stress and improve your wellbeing
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. Download from Google Play or the App Store
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, enabling people to reflect on their mental health by using a score out of 10. It also helps people to connect with those around them.
My Possible Self lets you can pick from 10 modules to learn how to manage fear, anxieties and stress. It also helps you take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Reflectly is a simple personal journaling app, mood tracker and daily gratitude journal for self-care. It also offers daily motivational messages.
Ten Percent Happier helps you get better at feeling good. It offers guided meditations, videos, talks and sleep content.
Thrive is an evidence based app that helps prevent and manage stress and anxiety, using clinically proven techniques.