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churi.jpgSupport for all essential health and care workers

You’ll see and hear it everywhere you go; you’re a ‘hero’. Sometimes you’re a ‘superhero’ and the entire country has offered their appreciation by putting banners in their windows of rainbows painted by hand by their children and from that rainbow you have also become hope. But there might be days when you don’t feel like the hope or the hero. As uplifting as it can be to see how appreciated you are sometimes, it doesn’t change how you’re feeling and whether that’s exhausted from the seemingly never-ending PPE you have to wear or you’re emotionally spent from all that you have had to deal with since Covid-19 took hold of us.

Stress and fear

Stress is part of normal life and so at times is fear. During Covid-19 there may have been more to contend with.

You may fear you won't cope, that you may let people down or have infection-related fears. It’s okay to feel this way, in fact, it’s natural. In many respects your body and your brain reacting how it is to what’s going on is a way of telling you to slow down or take time to process what’s happening. It’s easy to forget how even ‘superheroes’ struggle too.

Find out more about how to manage stress and fear better here.

Free apps to help you take a moment whenever you need them

  • Headspace – Whether you’re struggling to work from home or you need a moment for yourself to free your mind, Headspace has loads of mindfulness exercises to help divert and calm your mind. With modules on managing anxiety, sleep, meditation and even modules on getting you moving, this app is one for us all. Best of all, they’ve kindly made it free for all NHS staff. The app works for both your iPhone and Android devices.​​​​Click here to get some Headspace.
     
  • Unmindunmind.jpgThe team at Unmind have worked with world-class experts to create bite-sized and interactive courses for proactively looking after your mental health. Whether it's improving sleep, nurturing relationships, reducing stress, or managing anxiety – there's something for all areas of life. Click here to sign up free if you’re NHS staff.
     
  • Sleepiosleepio.jpgYou’ve probably heard a lot about sleep trackers and fitness devices before. Sleepio goes a little deeper than that. It asks you questions about your sleep to try to determine where the areas are where it could be improved with an emphasis on sleep efficiency (the amount of sleep you get vs. the amount you spend in bed) rather than length. Sleepio can be accessed here (if you’re NHS staff, use code NHS2020 to access the app for free).

Resources tailored for black, asian and minority ethnic staff


Who can use the Resilience Hub?
 

its-okay.jpgThe Lancashire and South Cumbria Resilience Hub is intended as a support resources for all public sector workers and volunteers who have worked through the Covid-19 pandemic and their families.

This includes everyone from those who work in the NHS, local authorities and councils, ambulance service staff, care home workers, those working in social care and community workers.

We are hoping that the Hub will eventually be able to operate as a resource for everyone who has felt the psychological strain of Covid-19.


Do you want to talk to someone?

Even if you're not sure what you need to help, you can get in touch with the Resilience Hub anytime for support.