Many healthcare workers spend their shifts delivering critical care and offering support to people every day. Just because frontline workers are around people for most of their working days doesn’t mean their mental health isn’t impacted.
At Thornbury Community Services (TCS), we understand how important it is for our nurses and support workers to prioritise their mental health. So, we wanted to share a range of videos, articles and podcasts our nurses working in the community would recommend to fellow healthcare professionals to support them in prioritising their mental health and wellbeing.
All the recommended resources are from our Wellbeing and Support Hub, which we created for our healthcare professionals to have a dedicated online portal tailored to their mental health, wellbeing and professional development needs.
Our listen, read and watch style Wellbeing and Support Hub allows our nurses and support workers to access the information they need in the format they prefer.
We have many topical podcasts on our Wellbeing and Support Hub created by TCS clinical experts and industry specialists.
Below is a popular podcast our nurses would recommend for learning about the impact of stress on our bodies and methods to try for reducing stress.
Dr Rangan Chatterjee has created a bitesize podcast about the impact of stress on our health, wellbeing and relationships and how to do less, do it better and live more.
In the ‘Read’ section of our Wellbeing and Support Hub, our healthcare professionals can access a variety of articles from our clinical experts at TCS and mental health specialists such as Mind, the mental health charity and the Mental Health Foundation.
Below is an article by a Clinical Service Lead who has created a toolkit for managing difficult situations.
Working in healthcare, you will come across various forms of challenging behaviours. You may also witness these behaviours in the client’s family or their loved ones. It’s important to understand why these situations happen and how to manage them when they do occur.
Our nurses would also recommend reading our article about the mental health benefits of nature to learn about making the most of nature in your local community to benefit your mental health.
There are many ways to support your mental wellbeing by making the most of your surroundings. Researchers have found a link between access to green spaces and a reduced risk of mental health problems. Spending time in green spaces has been proven to boost your mood and increase life satisfaction.
In our ‘Watch’ section of the Wellbeing and Support Hub, we have collated a range of mental health workshops from our Divisional Chief Nurse and videos from the likes of David Attenborough sharing his tips on how to look after your mental health through nature.
Below is a video our nurses recommend watching to inspire yourself to keep active in small ways, even when finding time is tough.
Research shows that carrying out physical activities has been shown to help both your mental and physical health and wellbeing. The mental health charity, Mind has created a video on the top five ways to get moving and feel better.
All of this valuable content is available for our healthcare professionals in Compass, a dedicated information and support area of our website, which contains our Wellbeing and Support Hub that our nurses and support workers have 24/7 access to, among many other support structures and networks.
Why did we create the Wellbeing and Support Hub?
At TCS, we are committed to providing our healthcare professionals with mental health and wellbeing support. We believe it’s important for our nurses and support workers to have a valuable resource of information, support and a place to book CPD training courses in one central location that is accessible at any time.
The Wellbeing and Support Hub contains a range of articles, videos, useful links and resources relating to mental health and wellbeing support from our internal and external resources. We are continuously adding new content and resources to the Wellbeing and Support Hub to ensure our workers have the latest information and resources they need.
If you’re looking for further support, the Royal College of Nursing offers free, confidential support services and assistance to RCN members dealing with challenging emotional issues, both health care and personal. You can find more about their counselling service on their website.
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The information in this blog post is for general informational purposes only and not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult a qualified healthcare provider for personalised guidance. The author(s) and publisher(s) are not liable for errors or omissions, and reliance on the content is at your own risk.