Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of others

Many of you will be supporting colleagues, clients, patients and residents at this time. We understand that many of the conversations you are hearing may feel difficult to hear, and may feel that it is impacting on your emotional wellbeing. For information on looking after your emotional needs at this time, please look at our other webpages on ‘Your emotional health and wellbeing’. As someone supporting others it is okay for you also not to be okay. 

In this section you will find information on supporting others at this time, with a range of issues relevant to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Please note: Depending on your role and level of training, please speak with your supervisor before sharing resources with those you are speaking or working with. It may be that individuals you are working with would benefit from speaking to the GP and/or mental health professional, as well as being offered self-help resources.

Mental health self-help resources

Please find a range of self-help resources below, many of which have been developed and tailored for the needs of individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Please note: Depending on your role and level of training, please speak with your supervisor before sharing resources with those you are speaking or working with. It may be that individuals you are working with would benefit from speaking to the GP and/or mental health professional, as well as being signposted to self-help resources.

Self-help resources (opens document)

Specific information for GPs

Please see this presentation (PowerPoint) on managing the mental health needs of individuals who have had Covid-19, written by Dr Rachel Holt (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director, Health Psychology Service, Derbyshire) and Anji Taylor, Clinical Lead, Talking Mental Health Derbyshire.

Please see above for the Mental Health self-help resources you may want to share with patients and relatives at this time.

Please also consider watching this 10-minute screencast developed for those working in primary care, on PTSD during and after lockdown.

Bereavement support

Bereavement support

Understandably, this is generally a particularly challenging time for individuals and families of any age to experience bereavement. We have collected some key resources to support you to support others at this time.

Support for adults

The British Psychological Society has developed some guidance and support documents around this, which provides some important pointers.

There are a number of organisations providing bereavement support at this time. Please see this document on bereavement support options for adults.

Support for children and young people 

Derby and Derbyshire CCG have supported the development of a useful guide to support children and young people around bereavement during this period. It includes resources for schools and home. 

Supporting carers and keeping others safe

We are aware that for many carers this is a challenging time. Derbyshire County Council have put together a webpage, which is regularly updated, with the key contacts and websites for carers’ support (locally and nationally) at this time.

Unfortunately we are aware that for many, lockdown has exacerbated safety concerns. Derbyshire County Council has developed a webpage with information on supporting others to stay safe during the pandemic, with key signposting. This includes where to signpost people with concerns about domestic abuse, or safeguarding.

Signposting for mental health support

The important message is that mental health support is available now, and remains high quality, confidential, and evidence-based. 

It is also important to remind people that as before they can, and should, speak with their GP about how they are feeling. GPs are still there to support people, as they were prior to the start of this pandemic.

Please visit the webpage to find the list of support options available, locally and nationally, for people to access at this time. This includes support to access befriending.