David Sterling's Blog - Mental Health Awareness Week

These continue to be worrying and difficult times. We have all had to make major changes to the way we work and to our home life. You have all shown amazing resilience and pragmatism in doing this.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is Kindness. We have all seen remarkable examples of kindness throughout this time and people are reaching out to each other in many demonstrations of support. Read more in article below.

COVID-19 has had a far reaching impact, an impact we may not fully understand for some time to come. That is why I want to remind you of some of the support services available to help us get through this. 

Within NICSHR, our colleagues in the Welfare Support Service remain available to offer support by phone and email.

The Charity for Civil Servants is there, as always, for civil servants and their households assisting with financial, wellbeing and caring needs. As well as people accessing practical advice, the Charity has seen more of us just wanting to talk at this time. They have recently launched a wellbeing communications programme to tackle issues like anxiety, isolation, avoiding burnout, family relationships, and caring – all valuable and vital information right now.

In addition, our Employee Assistance Provider, Inspire, has a 24/7 telephone helpline, online and telephone counselling sessions, and a web portal. Our Well Programme and Champions are also available to provide support on a wide range of health and wellbeing issues.

You might also be interested in joining some of the Webinar training sessions launched by the NICSHR Learning and Development team last week. One of the first topics on offer is mental health awareness for staff working from home.

We all need to look after ourselves and each other: knowing where we can get support when we need it is a big part of this. 

You can find out more about how to access these services along with other wellbeing resources on the Health & Wellbeing section of our COVID-19 information hub.  Please use them.

DAVID STERLING

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