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.
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.
You may be interested in a free Public Health England course on Covid-19: Psychological First Aid that is delivered through the Future Learn platform. It consists of three one-hour modules.
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.
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)
Psychology Tools have put together a webpage to collate links to resources which might assist clinical practice during the current global health crisis.
For advice on managing anxiety when visiting hospitals or care settings during this period please read this document developed by King’s Mill Hospital in Mansfield for some helpful tips.
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.
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.
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.
We know now is a difficult time for many young carers. Some young people may not call themselves carers, but may be taking on caring responsibilities. You may find that they find the Derbyshire Carers Association’s Family Survival guide helpful. Nottingham Carers Association have also developed a really helpful booklet for young carers, with a range of resources. Derby City Dementia Support Service have developed a guide for professionals at this time. For information on mental health support for children, young people, parents and carers please see this Derbyshire NHS document.
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.
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.
For information on mental health support for children, young people, parents and carers please see this Derbyshire NHS document.
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