Northern Ireland: Public Health Agency: Staff health and wellbeing.
Frontline 19 offers free online mental health and emotional wellbeing services to support frontline workers.
If you're a frontline worker directly affected by COVID-19 and you need support to help you through this difficult time, you can access emotional support via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime with a fully qualified psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor at a time that suits you, free of charge.
Our Frontline offers all healthcare workers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, along with resources, signposts, toolkits, tips and ideas to help look after your mental health. It's tailored depending on whether you are working in healthcare, emergency services, social care, or as a key worker.
Alternatively, you can browse their general resources, including resources specific to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.
NHS staff have been given free access to wellbeing apps such as Headpace and Unmind. To find out more see the NHS Employers website.
Headspace has also designed a free section within their app called 'Weathering the storm.’ This section is available to everyone and includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises
Wellbeing apps Sleepio (to help improve sleep) and Daylight (to help with symptoms of worry and anxiety through cognitive behavioural techniques) have offered free access to NHS staff. Non NHS healthcare workers should also be able to sign up too, as you don't need a NHS e-mail to register.
The My Possible Self mental health app has been made free to all during the COVID-19 emergency. Use the simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress, tackle unhelpful thinking, record your experiences and track symptoms to better understand your mental health.
You can also browse NHS wellbeing apps, the majority of which are free and available to everyone.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is inviting nurses working in emergency and critical care settings to use the RCEM Wellbeing App.
The app has been built especially for those working within emergency and critical care, and will help you to measure, monitor and track your wellbeing throughout this especially difficult time. Nurses will receive free access to the app until the end of the year.
Whether you are experiencing death for the first time as a student, or have experienced it many times over your career, it is never easy to process. During the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare professionals may be exposed to multiple deaths, and the psychological impact of this must not be underestimated. Here is some helpful advice on coping with the death of a patient: RCN blog: Dealing with death.
If you need further professional support contact the RCN Counselling service. We are operating as normal to support our members during this time.