More Mental Health Support For Health And Social Care Staff
All health and social care workers in Scotland will now have access to mental health support 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a new national helpline.
The Scottish Government is funding the wellbeing helpline for those who need further psychological support, including in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This follows the success of the National Wellbeing Hub for staff launched in May.
Trained practitioners at NHS 24 will offer callers a compassionate and empathic listening service based on the principles of psychological first aid, as well as advice, signposting and onward referral to local services if required.
Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey said:
“I am deeply grateful for the hard work, commitment and professionalism of those working in health and social care services at this time of unprecedented challenge.
“The National Wellbeing Hub has had over 30,000 online visits since its launch in May and the new helpline will complement that service.
"Whatever your role and wherever you work, I would encourage you to make use of the many resources on the Hub, including advice on managing stress and anxiety, fatigue, sleep, relaxation and exercise.
“For those who need one-on-one support, the new mental wellbeing support line will be available around the clock to help staff access appropriate additional support."
Because we know this is such a key issue for many people working across local businesses, we've designed a free 7 week virtual programme to bring key experts from around the region covering topics from mindset to mindfulness, resilience to kindness. Open to people across Dundee & Angus - with a limited number of spaces available for this first intake - the programme will also form a support network with attendees and our experts who can speak openly about any issues they are experiencing.
Along with the Virtual Programme we'll also encourage the group to connect with each other and share how they are doing between sessions. There will be access to a private closed online group where attendees and our speakers can share further knowledge. It'll also provide the opportunity to speak openly about any issues people are experiencing and seek further support. During the programme, we'll also be signposting to further organisations where more specialist help and support can be accessed.