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It is vitally important that you look after your own mental and physical health while you are looking after others.

  • All doctors and trainees can contact the BMA counselling and peer support lines 24/7.  This service is free of charge.  You do not need to be a member of the BMA to use this service.
  • The CDC have advice for emergency responders in crisis situations
  • WHO have produced guidance on mental health considerations for specific groups, including healthcare workers and team leaders of care facilities.
  • The BBC have published advice on how to protect mental health for all affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis.
  • Headspace offers guided meditation programmes and state they are committed to advancing the field of mindfulness meditation through clinically-validated research.  They are offering free support and advice for healthcare professionals. Sign up online.
  • SilverCloud offer online/app access to programmes on stress, resilience and sleeping as well as wellbeing tips. Wellbeing support is for all NHS staff and their families. Use access code: NHS2020 to register
  • Unmind uses scientifically-backed assessments, tools and training to help you to measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfilment and nutrition. You can sign-up using your NHS email.
  • Coping with stress associated with COVID-19 video for NHS staff from UCL Institute of Mental Health and the COVID Trauma Response Working Group​.
  • General advice from the government ​on how you can look after our health during the outbreak.
  • Tips on minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak are available from the Health and Safety Executive.​
  • Learn 4 Mental Health​ have developed a resource to help you find ways to feel a bit calmer and ideas to help you to cope. 
  • The Mental Health Foundation has information on things you can do to look after your mental health during this time. 
  • MIND​ have put together some advice on maintaining your wellbeing during coronavirus.
  • MindEd Covid-19 Resilience Hub ​and Tips content are designed to be rapidly accessible and provide quick help to frontline workers, when they need it. The site is developing and new content will continue to be added.
  • NHS People Website has information to help NHS staff manage their health and wellbeing including details of a confidential support line for NHS staff, operated by the Samaritans and free to access from 07:00-23:00, seven days a week (call 0300 131 7000) or you can text FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7 via text.​
  • Every Mind Matters (NHS) website has information about how to look after your mental wellbeing whilst staying at home.
  • Tips for looking after your mental health whilst working remotely are available from the Mental Health Foundation
  • How to minimise the impact of home working on your sleep from The Sleep Council
  • Sport England have put together info on exercises you can do at home on their Stay in Work Out pages.