General resources

Student Minds has collated some useful resources for those concerned about their mental health during this period. This includes links to information created by other organisations such as Mind and the Mental Health Foundation. 

Psychology Tools have produced a free booklet to download entitled "Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty"

We suggest updating your email signature with mental health messages related to corona virus (i.e. looking after yourself, coping in isolation, and reducing anxiety, including practicalities like Skype for sessions). 

The March Network has a page of links to creative, home-based activities.

There are several resources which have been created recognising the value of young people's lived experience to help people cope with lockdown - the first is specifically by students for students "Coping with Covid-19", the second is a rights-based infographic written by young people who have experienced sexual violence. 

Resources for specific groups

Psychological Wellbeing for Healthcare Workers: Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on Psychological Wellbeing by Holly Blake & Fiona Bermingham

Working practices - service delivery

Please see our blog post about considerations for working at home for 1:1 appointments, including tips from members. UMHAN members can access more information on our "Tips and Best Practice"webpage.

Youth Access, the counselling and advice network, have produced a Remote Support Toolkit .

Working practices - working from home

Many staff may not be used to working from home - some may enjoy the new challenge, while others may find the lack of normal team contacting isolating.

The City Health Mental Health Alliance have produced some tips for "Supporting Colleagues to Stay Mentally Health in Unusual Working Conditions"

Several people have also written about working from home with children: Claire Niccoll is a "flexible working expert" while "Don't Make A Drama" is an article by The Guardian. 

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have produced a guide for line managers on protecting and supporting staff mental health. 

The British Psychological Society have highlighted the issue of staff having to deal with distressing work from home in their guidance Preventing Secondary Trauma

Self-employed/freelance/zero hours contracts

The government is currently being lobbied to provide more support for self-employed people.

The Guardian has produced some clear information about what support and benefits are currently available, and so has the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed


Categories: Supporting staff, Working with students, Workplace
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