Mental Wellbeing

The COVID-19 outbreak is having a significant impact on all of us. It has affected the way in which we work and how we live our lives.

For many doctors and healthcare professionals this may be a time of increased pressure and stress. It is quite normal to experience feelings of distress in the current situation. It is important to recognise this, and take time to prioritise your own mental health and wellbeing.

There is a DGFT staff health and wellbeing enquiry line which is open from Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm. There is a voicemail facility if the lines are busy and. The helpline staff will return your call as soon as possible.

For further information go to the COVID-19 wellbeing and workforce updates on the Hub (intranet).

Free wellbeing support helpline

This is available from 7am – 11pm seven days a week, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice, including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help

Safe and Sound

Dudley’s Community Safety Partnership, is offering support to victims of domestic abuse. If staying at home isn’t a safe place during this difficult time, help is available. In an emergency, dial 999. If it’s dangerous to speak, press 55 when connected and the operator will know you need support. Children are often the hidden victims of domestic abuse. 

More information is available at

NHS Staff Feedback Hub

NHSE has opened an online feedback Hub so that we can hear and respond to the needs and experiences of the NHS workforce at this unprecedented time. The hub is private and anonymous and asks participants to share how they are feeling, what more can be done to support them, and how the NHS can adjust its communications as part of the COVID-19 response. It is being run by Ipsos MORI, an independent research organisation, and is open to anyone working in the NHS. Visit the site for more information  – NHS Staff Feedback Hub

MindEd Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub

With support from HEE and NHS England and NHS Improvement, MindEd has launched a new online resource for front line workers to help build mental health and wellbeing resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. – View MindEd website >>

Free NHS Wellbeing Apps

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps from now until the end of December 2020 to support their mental health and wellbeing. NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with the following app providers to waive costs for the NHS workforce who are dealing with the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Every mind matters logo

Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing from the ‘Every Mind Matters’ website.

Go to Every Mind Matters website


Silver Cloud digital mental health platform logo

Online peer to peer, team and personal resilience support through Silver Cloud.

SilverCloud Health is a leading digital mental health company. The range of programmes are used globally by over 300 healthcare providers, health plans and employers.

Go to Our NHS People website


Mental wellbeing. Done Well.

Unmind is a workplace mental health platform. Unmind empower organisations and employees to measurably improve their mental wellbeing. 

How NHS staff can get access:

  • Go to the link below
  • Sign up with your NHS email address
  • Download the Unmind app from your appstore – your organisation name is NHS. 

Sign up to UNMIND now


Be kind to your mind with free access to Headspace. The world’s most science-backed meditation app for all NHS clinical and non-clinical staff.

How NHS staff can get access:

  • Click on the link below, for NHS staff to access, with the option to select clinical or non-clinical staff to start enrolling.
  • You will need to use your NHS email address to sign up.

Go to the Headspace website 


Sleepio logo

Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep. 

How to access Sleepio:

  • Click on the following link below;
  • Sign up for an account using your name and email address.
  • Click ‘Personalise Sleepio’.
  • Get started.

Sign up to Sleepio now


Daylight Logo

Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice, and animation.

How to can access Daylight:

  • Click on the link below
  • Answer a few short questions to tailor the programme to you.
  • Sign up for an account using your name and email address.
  • Download the Daylight smartphone app (search ‘Daylight – Worry Less’ on both iPhone and Android).
  • Get started.

Sign up to Daylight now

Helpful Tips & Self Care for Healthcare Professionals

1. Take regular breaks whilst at work.

Where possible,  try to keep reasonable working hours and to ‘switch off’ when you are not at work

2. Get enough rest and sleep

If you are struggling with sleep, why not take a look at some of the free apps above.

3. Maintain a healthy diet

Try to eat nutritious food both at work and at home and engage in physical activity as much as possible.

4. Keep in Touch

Keep in touch with supervisors and peer support. Speak to your colleagues,  managers and other supportive people, they may want to share their experiences with you too. 

Talk with family and friends To help you feel less isolated talk to friends and family as often as possible. 

5. Try to develop helpful coping strategies

Use coping strategies that have worked for you in the past to manage times of stress – these are likely to be of benefit now.
Tobacco, alcohol or other drug use can cause further anxiety affecting your mental and physical wellbeing.


6. Social media - good or bad?

Social media helps to stay connected and gain updates and information. Social media can also become overwhelming and enhance feelings of stress and anxiety. Take a break from social media at times of increased stress to support your mental wellbeing.

7. Consider your feelings

Check how you are regularly. Ask yourself “Am I feeling okay”? If the answer is “no”, ask for help and speak to your line manager or someone you trust about why you are not okay.

8. Supporting and helping others

If you are a team leader or line manager ensure your staff know where they can access mental health and psychosocial support services. This includes providing advice on self-care strategies that can help reduce stress levels.

9. Keep yourself up-to-date with accurate information from legitimate sources.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have put a comprehensive guide together –  COVID-19 webpages

Wellness Induction for Interim FY1s during the COVID-19 pandemic


Interim FY1 Guide

HEE is dedicated to supporting the workforce to deliver high quality, safe healthcare during these challenging times, and are working with Trusts to support them in offering Wellness Inductions to all Interim Foundation Year 1 (FiY1) doctors starting placements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The aim of the Wellness Induction is to support you in maintaining your wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic, through the provision of personal guidance and signposting to wellbeing services and resources.

Download guide >>

A Step-by-Step Guide for Wellness Champions

The Wellness Champion will then offer personalised guidance and signposting to local, regional and national wellbeing services and resources, and will also encourage and support the FiY1 in developing a Wellness Action Plan.

The Wellness Champion will be from the same NHS organisation as the FiY1 but will not be clinically associated with them.

Download guide >>