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Coronavirus Support and Resources
Looking after your own mental health
Coronavirus (Covid-19) is affecting all our lives. Things are changing fast, and many are worrying about what it all means for ourselves and our loved ones. Those of us already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too.
This Covid-19 specific page on the MIND website contains useful tips to help you cope during this time.
This information from MIND is to help you cope if:
- you have to leave your house to go to work during coronavirus
- you're experiencing difficult feelings about coronavirus and going to work
- you're worried about how this may affect the people you live with or care for.
The media has been full of updates about the Coronavirus - from daily bulletins on the TV to minute by minute stories in social media feeds - it is hard to avoid. But what if you are living with a mental illness that could be exacerbated by this non-stop rolling news? In this blog article Peer from the Rethink Digital team looks at the simple steps you can take to look after your wellbeing.
This wellness action plan (WAP) is a user-friendly pdf from Mind, specifically developed for people working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The WAP is designed to help you manage your mental wellbeing whilst working from home. This is a useful tool for you to explore what impacts on your mental health and what support and resources you can access to improve your wellbeing.
This guide from the Mental Health Foundation aims to open conversations about mental health while recognising the important role that nature plays in supporting positive mental wellbeing.
Public Health Information
Public Health England’s ‘Every Mind Matters’ website contains resources to support mental health and wellbeing. Click the country for specific public health information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A lack of routine can cause extreme anxiety for people with autism. The National Autistic Society has useful resources to support autistic people of all ages. The NAS resources include social stories to help explain the changes in the current climate.
The Government’s ‘Let's Talk Loneliness’ campaign aims to tackle the stigma surrounding loneliness and encourage building connections, despite social distancing. The key message is that it is ‘ok to feel lonely and ok to talk about it.’ The website which accompanies this campaign features videos and inspirational stories to highlight the impact of loneliness and includes advice and resources for support.
How organisations can support their staff during the pandemic
Guidance to facilitate employers to consider whether hybrid working is an option within their organisation and, if so, offering practical tips on how it could be fairly introduced.
The Chartered Management Institute website contains tools, resources, templates and top tips for Managers and a practical guide which can be downloaded to help Managers navigate the current crisis. There are a variety of blog posts and articles to help Managers lead their teams more effectively which cover flexibility, crisis management, mental health and wellbeing, the new employment landscape and the new good governance.
This page on the Acas website includes information for employers and employees regarding their responsibilities in relation to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers everything from looking after mental and physical health to practical arrangements regarding equipment, technology and expenses. There is a link on the webpage to the CIPD questionnaire entitled 'preparing for home working' which employers can adapt for their own survey purposes.
The Center for Workplace Mental Health provides practical suggestions to maintain health and wellness and tips for managers and human resources professionals to support their workforce during this period of remote working.
The ACAS website includes youtube videos with discussion around the need for employers to prioritise the health and wellbeing of their workforce as they face increasing challenges arising from the pandemic. The focus is on ensuring that the mental wellbeing of employees is supported so that organisations can respond resiliently and flexibly to the changing economy.
This article published on the Capgemini website refers to the changes which are developing in leadership models as managers adapt to leading teams in the virtual environment. Authenticity and emotional intelligence are amongst the key attributes which will influence success in virtual leadership. There is a useful 3 phase approach to help leaders capitalise on lessons learned during the crisis and adapt their leadership style to face the challenges ahead.
This article on the Willis Tower Watson website contains advice for both managers and employees as to how they can maintain health, wellbeing and resilience in challenging times. The '10 Tips for Managers' ranges from leading with empathy and authenticity to promoting wellbeing. The '10 things we can all do to sustain wellbeing' ranges from staying connected with coworkers to challenging negative thoughts.
An article on our own website which includes suggested actions for organisations to consider regarding loneliness in the workplace, together with a collection of external resource links for individuals and employers.
This CIPD guide provides advice for employers, people professionals and people managers on how employee mental health can be supported as lockdown ends and there is a phased return to the workplace. Consideration is given to the impact of COVID-19 on mental health; actions employers should take; mental health and the law; proactive steps to prevent mental ill-health; early intervention; ongoing support and how managers can reflect on their management style. There are also PowerPoint slides which can be downloaded to assist in delivering a briefing session for people managers on mental health and wellbeing.
This comprehensive toolkit produced by the Society of Occupational Medicine, in collaboration with Mind, Acas, CIPD and others, focuses on the areas employers will have to consider to ensure a smooth transition back to work for their employees. This pdf guide covers a wide range of subjects from managing the risk of the virus spreading, to bereavement, discrimination and concerns which may not have been raised previously in the workplace but have arisen as a result of the pandemic.
This poster can be printed and shared and contains key messages about stress management during the pandemic.
This article in HR Magazine reports on Professor Cary Cooper’s presentation at the CIPD Festival of Work where he stressed the importance of emotionally intelligent leaders. As we face the challenges of a post-coronavirus culture, Professor Cooper, spoke about the need for hiring managers to promote and recruit workers for their emotional intelligence and not just technical ability in order to build strong wellbeing structures within organisations. He said, “the more we have people with EQ (emotional quotient), the more we can identify when people are feeling low and can listen and bring teams together.”
Additional Resources Pages
- View our Resilience Resources here
- View our Stress Management Resources here
- View our Mental Health Awareness Resources here
- View our Bullying Awareness Resources here
- View our Mindfulness Resources here
- View our Equality & Diversity Resources here
- View our Tackling Sexual Harassment at Work Resources here
- Recommended Apps for Resilience, Mindfulness, Mental Health and Sleep
- Training to manage covid fatigue and coronanxiety
- Team Working and Action Planning for Virtual Teams
- Managing our Mental Health while Working From Home
- Developing Personal Resilience
- Developing Resilience: Training for Managers
- Resilience – Customised Training
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