Mental Health and Wellbeing resources for adults
Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership has created a dedicated mental health and wellbeing hub to share resources including support for those with specific mental health needs:
- those with a learning disability
- autistic people
- older people & those living with dementia
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has developed a guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of staff at schools and colleges during periods of disruption: Looking after each other and ourselves. The guide includes useful tips plus links to additional resources including podcasts.
They have also created a downloadable PDF booklet with advice for parents and carers on how to reassure children on the coronavirus situation.
A not-for-profit creating a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society, by helping people to take practical action drawing on the latest scientific research. The website provides many resources and evidence-based ideas for actions we can take to feel happier and help to reduce and prevent mental ill health, personally, in our communities, workplaces and schools.
Advice from Mind with coping with stress and anxiety including a wellbeing checklist to follow and what you can do at home to help.
Free for teachers, this app teaches mindfulness meditation principles to improve wellbeing.
Mental Health First Aid England Stress Container Exercise
Identify causes of stress plus personal helpful coping strategies and a stress container exercise.
Advice from the Mental Health foundation
The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak, alongside colleagues at Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.
Ways to work well from home
With many people making the sudden transition of working from home, this article from the BBC provides five considerations to make the change as smooth as possible.
Bright Futures Educational Trust Educational Psychology and Specialist Outreach (EPSO) team
The BFET Educational Psychology and Specialist Outreach (EPSO) team have compiled a range of links and resources that may be helpful in supporting children, young people, their families and school staff.
General information, links and resources
The British Psychological Society have collated a range of resources and articles, including ‘talking to children about Coronavirus’, ‘parenting while self-isolating and social distancing’ and ‘teacher resilience during coronavirus school closures’. There is also support and advice around the UK schools closures and links to a range of external resources, including guidelines from the UK government, the NHS, public Health England and WHO.
Resources for understanding and managing responses to coronavirus
Russ Harris (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) trainer) has developed a video and eBook on how to respond effectively to the Coronavirus pandemic, using principles of ACT . He calls the response ‘FACE COVID’. Russ will also be launching webinars from 28th April – https://www.actmindfully.com.au/
Mark Adams (Educational and Coaching Psychologist) from Adams Psychology Services has developed some psychology-informed resource packs to support coping, resilience and wellbeing in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times:
Coping with Corona brings together some practical reflective tools that we can use to attune to what is going on for us and to work on moving forward while maintaining our resilience and wellbeing. It is very in-depth and draws on approaches such as Solution-Focused coaching, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Non-Violent Communication
Helping people to cope is a brief aide-memoire of questions and statements that ‘helpers’ (psychologists, coaches, therapists) might use when supporting others with coping, resilience and wellbeing –
Maintaining Wellbeing During Coronavirus is a short, practical 5-page document that can help families plan to maintain their wellbeing during self-isolation, quarantine or lockdown. It is informed by positive psychology, particularly Martin Seligman’s PERMA model of wellbeing (Seligman, 2011) –
Across April and May 2020, Mark will also be running a series of four free weekly webinars to support people in responding to some of the psychological challenges and opportunities of the Coronavirus circumstances. They will explore themes of: coping with corona; maintaining wellbeing; resilience; and moving forward.
Mental health and emotional wellbeing
Mind have written an article called ‘coronavirus and your wellbeing’. It would be helpful for adults and older young people and includes: practical advice for staying at home; taking care of your mental health and wellbeing; support for work, benefits and housing; and checklist for staying at home. It also includes links to NHS and government guidance.
The Association for Educational Psychologists (AEP) have produced a list of activities and resources for adults – Guidance for looking after adults/ looking after yourself.
Support for families
Wiltshire council have shared an excellent parent pack called ‘looking after yourself, looking after your children’.
Guide to Menstrual Cycles & Mental Health
Some of the topics in this guide might interest you, such as:
- The link between menstrual cycles and mental health and how mood, sleep, and energy levels are affected during periods.
- Understanding premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and its more severe form premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) – their physical and emotional effects, what to look out for, and how PMS and PMDD symptoms mimic other mental health conditions.
- Useful self-care tips and wellbeing advice during your cycle – how the right diet, exercise, emotional and stress management practices help, and other useful advice and resources for women.