Health and social care organisations in Derbyshire have been working closely together for some time, to improve care and services for people and make them as efficient and effective as possible.
A stepped approach to the promotion of mental health and wellbeing is recommended, whether you are considering staff, resident wellbeing or both. Not everyone will require signposting to specialist mental health services, and input at an early stage can often prevent later mental health distress.
Non-mental health organisations have a big part to play in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing. This section of the website focuses on what you can do to support others, as a non-mental health organisation.
The model below provides a guide for you to plan and structure your organisation’s response to mental health and wellbeing. This model may help you identify areas of strength in your organisation, and also areas to focus on. On this page you’ll find a description of each step, suggested actions at each level, and links to recommended signposting and resources.
The Framework for Action has been developed to support non-mental health organisations to promote mental health and wellbeing in Derby and Derbyshire. The framework is relevant for any organisations that are supporting others right now – including staff, volunteers, or residents.
Look after your wellbeing
We all have mental health and we all need to look after it. We are all human; it is okay not to be okay and it is okay for us to ask for support.
You are going through the pandemic at the same time as those you are supporting. Though everyone’s situation is different, this can be an added challenge to consider.
For many leaders at this time, it can feel hard to have permission to be human, and to having a human response. It’s okay for you not to have all the answers, no one does. As leaders your wellbeing matters too, and it’s a really important place to start.
Key signposting and resources
Staff Support Joined Up Care Derbyshire website. You’ll find a range of information on looking after your wellbeing and mental health on these pages. Including support around bereavement, trauma, and managing anxiety.
Mind wellness action plan and website. Mind has a great range of information and resources to support personal wellbeing at this time.
Address the wider determinants of mental wellbeing
Mental distress is often an understandable response to life circumstances (i.e. financial insecurity, housing problems or food poverty).
A range of factors impact on the mental health of our community members, staff and volunteers including social and economic factors. These factors make it more likely some people will experience mental distress (i.e. due to financial insecurity) and less likely some people will access support (i.e. due to a range of barriers such as lower levels of literacy).
Derbyshire County Council website or the Derby City website for community support, social care support and financial support.
Healthy, warm and well Derbyshire for a range of support services and advice to stay healthy, warm and well.
Derbyshire Winter Pressure Single Contact Point (professional referral only) or Derby City Cold Weather support (public facing support).
Visit the Quality Conversations website for a range of resources, tools, and free training offers to support your skills in having conversations about wellbeing and mental health.
Promote mental wellbeing
Environments and cultures can promote and enable positive wellbeing.
Think about creating space in workplaces or communities where it is safe to talk and where it is okay not to be okay. Consider how you can support a workplace culture where time for a break and looking after yourself is both encouraged and also enabled (i.e. meetings and tasks aren’t over lunch breaks).
Five Ways to Wellbeing. Information on the Derbyshire Council website on the Five Ways to Wellbeing and how to apply the principles during the pandemic.
Psychological First Aid Training. Free accessible training on promoting mental health and wellbeing at this time.
NHS apps library - Mental Health A list of NHS-approved apps to promote mental wellbeing, the majority are free of charge.
Live Life Better Derbyshire or Live Well Derby for Lifestyle Change support.
Increase mental health awareness
For many, mental health self-help information and guidance can be beneficial and reassuring. For some people, this may even prevent the need for services, and reduce the likelihood of further mental health problems arising.
Mental Health training Derbyshire County Council. Access to free mental health training (currently online).
Mind - Coronavirus and your wellbeing. A comprehensive website with information on a range of mental health problems.
Mental Health and Crisis Services
Some people you work with, and support, may need mental health support from a mental health professional – now or in the future. It can feel complicated to know where to signpost people, and what to tell them to expect. Sometimes this support may be needed in a crisis, and this can be anxiety-provoking.
Derbyshire Mental Health Support Line. A free phone 24/7 support line which can offer mental health support, including crisis support, during this period. Staffed by local mental health professionals, and for all ages. Professionals can also call for advice.
Samaritans offers 24/7 free phone support for those in distress. Tel: 116 123.
Zero Suicide Alliance training. Brief online training on suicide awareness.
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