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HALSA and Cellar Trust Wellbeing Offer to Staff

The West Yorkshire Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is working with HALSA and the Cellar Trust to bring a range of free wellbeing resources, events and other support to people working in the West Yorkshire health and care system, including volunteers and people working in local authorities. This is all part of the West Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Programme for 2022.

 

Between February and April HALSA are offering 23 different wellbeing sessions, with 45 different date and time slots to choose from. These are all live webinar sessions delivered by specialist HALSA Wellbeing trainers focusing on fast and practical tips for supporting your wellbeing.

Further information on the resources and online sessions available in February, April and March 2022 can be found on this leaflet here and on the West Yorkshire HCP website here. You can book on to these HASLA led sessions now here.

The Cellar Trust e-learning modules are free for anyone in West Yorkshire and you can register for these on Living Well Training – Training for a healthy mind.

Men’s Mental Health podcast

The West Yorkshire staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub works with men year-round, trying to tackle some of the barriers that men face seeking help when their mental health is compromised.

In their ‘We Work Together’ podcast series, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Heath and Care Partnership are showcasing the Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub and hearing from people across the Partnership.

For International Men’s Day 2021, Mark Ambrose was joined by Paul Croston, a Post-vention Practitioner at the West Yorkshire Bereaved By Suicide Service and Johnny Richardson-Glenn, Chief Officer of Healthy Minds, a mental health charity based in Calderdale to talk about male mental health.

This special episode can be accessed here.

Men’s Health Week Sessions

We are now in Movember which is traditionally the month where we raise awareness of men’s health issues and Humber, Coast and Vale have a fantastic programme of events running throughout the week commencing on Monday 8th November. These events have kindly been opened to colleagues across North East and Yorkshire.


Here are some highlights:

Men’s sleep issues – (Monday 8th Nov 12-1pm and Friday 12th 2-3pm) – do you or your male partner have difficulty sleeping? Snoring, sleep apnea, frequent interruptions to go to the toilet? If so, this session is for you and the man in your life.

Gareth Thomas, Welsh Rugby Player – (Tuesday 9th Nov 2-3pm) – talking about LGBTQ+ equality, mental health and tackling stigma around HIV.

Q&A session with Dr Alex George – (Monday 8th Nov 10:30-11:30am) – Alex works in A&E as an emergency doctor and has become a well-known and respected healthcare professional in the UK and will be talking to us about men’s mental health and answer some your questions.

Men’s Mental Health with Dr Alex George – Friday 12th Nov 10:30-11:30am – Additional sessions looking at men’s mental health.

Veterans support – Thursday 11th November – There are specific sessions on Thursday for veterans to coincide with Remembrance Day.

There are also sessions during the week focusing on cancer, blood pressure, nutrition and exercise.

These sessions are open to all staff across North East and Yorkshire including male and female colleagues, their husbands, partners, fathers, brothers, friends…

Please book your place using this link: Booking for Men’s Health Sessions

Free Menopause Health and Wellbeing Sessions


World Menopause Day
takes place on Monday 18th October 2021 and sees events held internationally throughout the rest of the month to raise awareness around this transitional stage for women. To mark this occassion, three different sets of health and wellbeing sessions are taking place in West Yorkshire and our neighbouring Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).

All sessions are free to attend and are open to anyone working and/or volunteering in health and social care across West Yorkshire.

1) Various Halsa Menopause focussed health and wellbeing sessions

2) Menopause focused awareness session aimed at partners, family members and colleagues wishing to support somoene going through the menopause

3) Menopause focussed discussion session with Kaye Adams (TV presenter, journalist and author) and Dr Shahzadi Harper – “Let’s all tlk about the menopause”.

Further information on all available sessions can be found here, along with details of how to register.

Wakefield EDI Summit – 30th September

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Summit
Thursday 30th September

 

As health, social care, community and housing services continue to manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we work together to build an inclusive workforce and tackle inequality across the Wakefield District.

If you’re passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and want to be part of our conversation, come along to our FREE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Summit on 30th September! 

Wakefield Integrated Care Partnership

This FREE online event has been developed on behalf of the Wakefield Integrated Care Partnership HR Directors Network, a network of health, social care, voluntary and community sector and housing organisations that are passionate about equality and diversity. Together, we’re reaching out to our staff to spark conversations around inclusivity and explore how we can do more to tackle inequalities in the workplace.

Click here to view the event poster and click here to view the agenda.

The full event guide, with details on speakers can be accessed here and is also available as a plain text version.

Join our Wakefield Summit for some fantastic keynote speakers and get involved with workshops discussing key EDI issues, including:

Building a more inclusive workplace

Reflecting BAME experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

Inclusive Recruitment

Trans Inclusion

The full event guide, with details on speakers can be accessed here and is also available as a plain text version.

You can book your place here.

Please feel free to share this email with your colleagues and look out for your event Invite soon!

Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub – Weekly Q&A drop ins


The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub – find out more at the weekly drop-in sessions!

What is it?

How can I access it?

What immediate support / treatment / therapy is available for me?

 

In July and early August the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are presenting (via zoom) a 10 minute overview of the Hub service, followed by a 5 minute Question and Answer Session. No need to sign up or register, the zoom link is given below.

 

These sessions and the Hub services are open to anyone working in West Yorkshire and Harrogate health and social care organisations, including VCSE.

Tuesday 6th July                 9.30 am

Monday 12th July                9.30 am

Thursday 22nd July            9.30 am

Wednesday 28th July         9.30am

Wednesday 4th August      9.30am

The host will open the zoom link 10 minutes before the start to allow people to log on, so please log in at least a few minutes before the start time.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87162838436

Meeting ID: 871 6283 8436

Psychological First Aid and Post Incident Facilitator Training

In response to the ongoing stress and trauma experienced by staff in response to COVID and other untoward incidents, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub have commissioned training to create a cohort of debrief facilitators within the Partnership. They are aiming to creating a community of Level 3 accredited facilitators that are coordinated and supported by the hub, but also have autonomy to develop interventions within their own organisations and teams.

Post Incident Facilitation is a group intervention. It is aimed to mobilise connections and peer support following a serious and distressing incident. By sharing experiences, coping strategies and reactions to the event the emphasis is on creating a supportive conversation that destigmatises trauma reactions, creates a shared understanding, builds team support and where needed encourages early signposting to more specialist interventions. All these factors have been shown to be helpful to staff following experiencing potentially traumatic events.

The training course content is delivered over 5 days, with the first cohort undertaking training in June and July 2021 and the second undertaking training in September and October.

Course dates

Cohort 1:  28th and 29th June, and 5th, 6th, and 7th July

Cohort 2:  23rd, 24th, 29th and 30th September, and 1st October.

Further information can be found here and the expression of interest form can be found here.

Please note the deadline for EOI is the 25th April 2021.

‘Check In’ Anti Staff Suicide Campaign

“Suicide is the biggest killer of people under the age of 35 and the biggest killer of men under the age of 50.”

The West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are leading a new campaign aiming to reduce staff suicide and normalise conversations around suicide and mental health. This campaign aims to act as a reminder for us to check in with our colleagues and ourselves to help reduce staff suicide and promote a wellbeing culture. The flyer can be found here.

Information on the support available to staff from a vast variety of organisations, can be found on the Check-in website, which can be accessed here. This includes resources to help you support yourself as well as your colleagues.

You can also sign up to access the campaign toolkit to access resources which will allow your organisation to join the ‘Check-in’ campaign.

Zero Suicide Alliance also provide a range of awareness training options, which provide a better understanding of the signs to look out for and the skills required to approach someone who is struggling, whether that be through social isolation or suicidal thoughts. To access this training, please visit the ZSA website here.

World Mental Health Day 2020

This World Mental Health Day, we’re asking you to take the opportunity to do one thing for better mental health.

Saturday 10th of October marks World Mental Health Day 2020, and in the midst of the global pandemic, it feels more important than ever to take the time to consider our mental wellbeing. The pandemic has greatly impacted all our lives and we have had to cope with unprecedented restrictions on our social, home and working lives and have had to work together to keep ourselves, our families and those we provide services to, safe.

Research by Mind shows that 60% of adults and 68% of young people have reported their mental health has gotten worse during lockdown. We cannot underestimate the impact of the pandemic on our mental health and wellbeing and so by doing just one thing this WMHD, we can help to support ourselves and those around us.

 

Some suggestions are:

 

Practice self care – perhaps a long walk or a session of meditation, take some time to yourself

Open up – Try talk to friends, family or colleagues about how you’re feeling

Write it down – If you don’t want to talk, write down your feelings. Perhaps write down all your negative emotions and throw these away

Try something new – If there has been something you’ve been wanting to start or a new hobby you’ve always fancied, why not give it a go

Change your perspective – Try remember all the positives in your life and the things you can be grateful for

Take 10 minutes to ‘check in’ with a loved one – You may also want to ‘check in’ with someone you are worried about or you think may be struggling.

 

If you’re struggling please don’t be afraid to ask for help, there are a multitude of support services available to help you:

 

NHS staff can call the free NHS Mental Health Helpline on 0800 069 6222 (7:00am-11:pm, 7 days a week) or text FRONTLINE to 85258 for 24/7 support

If you are in crisis and need urgent support, contact the Samaritans free on 116 123

If you have experienced loss through work, you can contact the confidential bereavement support line operated by Hospice UK on 0300 303 4434 (8am-8pm, 7 days a week)

The CALM zone offers mental health support for men on 0800 585858 (5pm-12am every day), on webchat or via the Men’s Health Forum

Papyrus offer confidential support to people under 35 considering suicide. Call their Hopelink on 0800 068 4141 (9am-12am every day) or text 07860 039967 

Frontline NHS staff, those working in residential settings caring for patients with Covid-19 and those who have been bereaved during the pandemic, can refer themselves to the ACC for crisis counselling sessions. More information is available here.

New funded short courses available in January 2021

2 new short courses are due to start in January 2021, which are now available fully funded by Health Education Yorkshire and Humber for eligible health and social care staff and PIVO’s. Both 12 week courses will be delivered using a blended approach of teaching and learning strategies online, and students will be supported by the University of Huddersfield’s virtual learning environment. Students will be able to access the learning material flexibly so there will be no requirement for staff to be released for study leave or specific timed sessions.

These courses have been developed as non-credit bearing, to allow staff to access professional development opportunities which meet their needs without requiring you to complete academically demanding assessments. They have also been designed in response to the ongoing priority needs of practice partners in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available courses are:

Further information can also be found by searching on the ‘Course finder’ on the University of Huddersfield’s website.