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Mental Health

mental health.pngMental health includes our emotional and psychological wellbeing.

It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

The following resources, links and services can be accessed to support your mental health.

Psychological First Aid

Workforce Specialist Service

The Workforce Specialist Service (WSS), is a confidential, multidisciplinary mental health treatment service with expertise in treating regulated health and social services professionals.

The WSS forms part of a ‘network’ of services and resources that aim to improve the wellbeing and mental health of health and social care staff across Scotland, and will supplement the range of staff support services available at local level.

In summary:

It is a free at the point of delivery, confidential primary care led mental health treatment service, which is available to regulated members of the health and social care workforce in Scotland.

It is of particular benefit to those who find may it difficult to access treatment for mental health due to concerns about receiving a confidential service or the professional implications of seeking support.

It is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of mental health care providers that can treat professionals suffering from a range of mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression or addiction, in particular where these might affect work.

The service will operate under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with each of the relevant regulators in order to provide assurance of confidentiality of those they treat wherever possible whilst ensuring patient/client safety and not undermining the statutory responsibilities of the regulator. (N.B. MOUs are in place with the General Medical Council (GMC), General Dental Council (GDC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhc). We are hoping to finalise shortly MOUs with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Optical Council (GOC)).

This service is complementary to the local Occupational Health Service and local support services and does not remove the statutory responsibility of the NHS Board Responsible Officers and Nurse and Midwifery Directors to ensure there is a culture of support to maintain patient safety.

The service has extensive experience supporting regulated professionals and in supporting them through regulatory and investigation processes.

Staff can access the service by visiting the National Wellbeing Hub: The Workforce Specialist Service (WSS) - PRoMIS | National Wellbeing Hub for those working in Health and Social Care. You can also email prac.health@nhs.net, or call 0300 0303 300.

Contact Occupational Health, or visit the department's Staffnet page for more information.

Links to other health and wellbeing resources for staff

Clear Your Head - Mental health tips, advice and support

Daylight - Smartphone app to help people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety

National Wellbeing Hub - Emotional and psychological wellbeing support for individuals and managers

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) - Psychosocial support and wellbeing

NHS Inform - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Your mental wellbeing

NHS Golden Jubilee Health and Wellbeing Resources Directory (Staffnet link) - Signposting to trusted resources and services

Silver Cloud - Stress, sleep problems and resilience programmes (see Staffnet for code)

Sleepio - Fully automated and highly personalised programme using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep

Stress Control - Stress control online class with Dr Jim Whyte

Employee Assistance Programme

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