Working longer hours in hospitals, community settings and care homes, seeing friends and colleagues become unwell, being redeployed or being asked to work in unfamiliar areas may all have impacted your stress, anxiety or mood.
You may have worries about your own or your family’s health and safety. You might be exhausted from juggling the pressures of home life and childcare, social isolation and the uncertainty that this period brings to all our lives.
What we offer
Non-urgent advice: For individuals
We provide a safe and non-judgemental space to talk through what’s on your mind, and if necessary, provide access to rapid clinical assessment and signposting to services.
Mental health assessments by qualified professionals are available, when appropriate, to provide additional support for those who may benefit from it. We provide up-to-date self-help resources and best practice, as well as offering a limited range of psychological treatments in house (e.g. wellbeing coaching, IPT, CBT or Couple Therapy for Depression).
Non-urgent advice: For teams
We offer up to four sessions that can help colleagues focus on looking after themselves and each other.
We also provide a range of training available to wellbeing champions, managers and team leaders to develop skills in holding wellbeing and mental health conversations.
Individual Clinical Screenings
This can include:
- Two to three appointments
- A space to talk through what is going on for you
- A mental health screening
- A conversation to summarise your situation and explore options
- Signposting to services and resources that might be helpful to you
- A follow up a month later to catch up on your progress
- 8am – 8pm: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- 8am – 4pm: Mondays and Fridays
- We can be flexible to fit around your shift patterns
- Will last about 45 minutes
- Will be held in a Covid safe place or offered online or on the phone
- Most importantly, it will be completely confidential. You decide how much personal information you share with us
Mental Health assessments
This can include:
- One to four sessions with a Mental Health Professional which covers the support as well as the problems you are experiencing in your work and social life, alongside any physical and mental health issues that are impacting on you. Together, we will explore how all of these are affecting you and look at options for next steps.
- We offer care coordination and support you accessing care.
Other offers and support
Couple’s therapy for depression
We offer a four session consultation for couples who feel that their relationship is causing one of them to be depressed. If appropriate a course of couple therapy for depression can be offered which:
- reduces damaging interactions between couples,
- builds emotional openness and closeness,
- improves communication and behaviour,
- changes unhelpful cognitions and perceptions, and
- helps the couple cope with the ordinary and not-so-ordinary stresses that arise in the course of everyday relating.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
IPT is a talking therapy treatment for episodic depression which has been triggered by a life event. It may be an appropriate treatment choice if you have experienced an event involving disputes, bereavement and transition and this has triggered your depression.
Poor relationships and interactions with others can leave you feeling depressed while healthy connections with others can improve your mood.
Treatment works by improving the quality and helpfulness of your relationships.
It is a one to one treatment delivered in up to 16 face to face sessions, in person or online.
REACT training – team managers
REACT training is aimed at management, supervisory and supportive colleagues in order to identify people in their teams who may be struggling.
This action can then lead to initiating supportive and compassionate mental health and wellbeing conversations, signposting to appropriate support.
The training will encourage you to consider how to carry out ‘React chats’, which could involve:
- Recognising a colleague may have a problem.
- Engage with them in conversation.
- Actively listening to them and observing body language.
- Checking risk
- Talking to them about specific options (e.g. active management/support).
With specialised REACT trainers leading each session, the service can provide the guidance and support for staff across the BOB region, to carry out this process with confidence. For more information, email React.firstname.lastname@example.org. Sessions can be booked via the NHS Futures website
You Matter staff are now able to offer SHAPE Coaching to help with low mood following trauma. We are working closely with researchers at Oxford University who are developing and evaluating this exciting new approach for front line staff. A BBC News article has highlighted this work. Ollie, who has worked as a paramedic for five years, felt unable to continue working after a particularly traumatic incident. He asked for help from SHAPE. “That initial trying to open up was extremely difficult,” he said. “You have to admit to yourself something is wrong, which I don’t think we’re good at as human beings.”
Ollie is now back at work and said the therapy has given him tools to better cope with potentially triggering scenarios. SHAPE has a recovery rate of about 90%: It’s sensible help for hardworking staff, and offers practical tools supported by science to help in the here and now to prevent stress reactions from developing with future waves of the pandemic. Find out more on the SHAPE website or contact You Matter for further details.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
(CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts.
Read more on the NHS website.
Page last reviewed: 22 November, 2021