Self help


Self-Care and Wellbeing for Ethnically Diverse Women

This toolkit, Self-Care and Wellbeing for Ethnically Diverse Women, has been funded by The Prince of Wales
Charitable Foundation
. It aims to support ethnically diverse women with recognising, naming and developing ways to cope with the unique mental health challenges they face at work.
Download the toolkit

Stress: Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control

According to the Mental health Foundation, 74% of UK adults say that they have felt so stressed at some point over the last year that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.  A bit of stress is normal and can help push you to do something new or challenging but too much stress can take its toll.  

Lots of things in life can cause stress such as home, work, relationships, money and sometimes these kinds of stresses can affect how you feel, think and behave.  It can have an effect on your sleep your mood and even your general health.  Sometimes you might be able to tell right away when you're feeling under stress, but other times you might keep going without recognising the signs.  For some great self-help tips you can try, check out this free guide from the Stress Management Society  


Download wellbeing resource pack from NHS England here:

Free access to a range of mental health apps

Access to further apps including:

  • Bright Sky (for concerns around domestic abuse)

  • CityParents (for support with working from home and managing families)

Digital resources such as the NHS People site (for access to learning and development, signposting and podcasts)

Place2Be - programme of support and arts and craft resources for keyworker parents and carers, to support the mental health and wellbeing of their children


Supporting our people

Visit the NHS Our People website.


Managing anxiety

We recognise this is an anxious time for colleagues and have compiled a range of measures to support colleagues, including those experiencing emotional distress, and some information about additional support measures we are putting in place.  

Our resources pages are being compiled which will provide advice and support on a range of subjects including anxiety, panic, trauma and stress/burn out.  

Colleagues may find this short handout on Coronavirus and Anxiety developed from information supplied by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, helpful. See advice and FAQs page here

Chatty 10 - if you are socially isolated, call us for a 10-minute chat on 01752 512280 (Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00)

Managing anxiety around Covid-19 


For children - managing anxiety booklet

Some children of key workers are feeling anxious about their parents working during the pandemic so here is a booklet containing different coping strategies. The booklet is aimed at children 9+ to teens. Download the managing anxiety booklet.


Resilience, Mind and Rhythm

Colleagues may find the free course via the link below, on developing emotional resilience and increasing our ability to cope with life’s daily challenges helpful. It is made up of a series of lectures, quizzes and practical activities to help people cope with pressures and stresses that are especially heightened under the pandemic.


Space to take time out

Café, Level 5, Terence Lewis Building

Discovery Library, Level 5, Terence Lewis Building - this is a 24/7 space where you are welcome to make use of the big open, calm space to decompress.  

Secret Garden for staff  - A flower garden is available for you to spend quiet time and reflection. It's found on level 4 by theatres and ICU. Just ask for the keys at ICU.  

Secret flower garden

Mental Fitness App - MyMindPal™

We are excited to introduce a brand-new offering from our health and wellbeing partner Vivup about  MyMindPal™, a mental fitness app that helps reduce your stress levels and enjoy life more.   The app is free for UHP colleagues and available to download and use today.

We know stress can have a big impact on your physical health, emotional wellbeing and performance in all aspects of your life.  You can use the MyMindPal™ app to create your very own 5 minute a day routine to support you in whatever life throws your way.  The app gives you simple exercises you can do anytime, anywhere that help you:

  •        Increase your positivity
  •        Reduce your stress levels
  •        Learn to live in the present moment
  •        Bounce back from the tough times

To access the app, and other Vivup staff benefits, you must register / log-in at:   Download MyMindPal™ from the App store and register using the FREE Vivup code JNVIV20.

Wellbeing Support Apps

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps to support with their mental health and wellbeing. 


The Stay Alive app is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis.

How NHS staff can get access

Zero Suicide Alliance Training

Zero Suicide Alliance provide free suicide awareness training where you will gain the skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide.

Access a range of free online learning  sessions that provide you with a better  understanding of the signs to look out for  and the skills required to approach  someone who is struggling, whether that  be through social isolation or suicidal  thoughts.

Find out more:

Bright Sky

Bright Sky is a free to download, confidential mobile app providing support and information for anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.

How NHS staff can get access


The Cityparents programme consists of a curated collection of positive and practical support for working parents, delivered through expert-led webinars/seminars, advice, peer insights, online articles, blogs and podcast.

How NHS staff can get access


Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep.

NHS colleagues have free access with an NHS email address until 31 December 2022.

How NHS staff can get access


Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing.

NHS colleagues have free access with an NHS email address until 31 December 2022.

How NHS staff can get access

Your organisation name is ‘NHS’ – if you do not see your NHS email domain please contact and include your email domain.

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