The NHS response to COVID-19 will involve important and difficult work over a potentially prolonged period of time. Everyone will manage this in different ways, but there are times when we may feel anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, angry, numb; all of these are normal reactions. Working as a team, sharing experiences with others and team leaders, and ‘doing our bit’ also involves staying mentally well, which will be as important as the physical graft needed.
To help you stay well in these unprecedented times, we have collated a number of resources, tips and guidance below, and encourage you to share widely with colleagues, friends and family members who may find them useful.
It’s important to recognise that it is ‘ok not to be ok’, and we’ve provided links to additional support if needed. COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation and this web site will be updated regularly; but please contact email@example.com with any queries you may have.
These pages are an initiative by Birmingham Health Partners, which is an alliance between the University of Birmingham and two co-located NHS Foundation Trusts: University Hospitals Birmingham, and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s. In particular, we thank the University’s Institute for Mental Health for their contributions.
Now, more than ever, is a time to take steps to protect your mental health and wellbeing, and that of your colleagues. The following provides some guidance and further resources on managing your wellbeing during this time.
First and foremost we want you to be safe, feel safe and adequately supported, and we commend you on your ability to step up and take on the challenge. It is vital for you to prioritise your personal wellbeing; compassion must start with yourself.
If you have had COVID-19, or are a researcher looking for patient perspectives, a new Facebook group has been established to discuss all aspects of research, for engagement, involvement and participation purposes. It can be found at Covid Research Involvement Group UK – please note it is not affiliated with our BHP members.