Mental Health & Covid-19 resources for professionals and volunteers

Gloucestershire County Council has published a suite of resources to support you/ your teams when working with an individual who may be experiencing emotional distress, linked to or heightened by the coronavirus outbreak.

All resources are available at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/resources-for-professionals-and-volunteers. This includes:

  • A 30 minute training video with an overview of what mental wellbeing is and how it may be affected during the coronavirus pandemic. This is aimed at anyone, but especially those with no previous experience of working with mental health.
  • A 45 minute training video about Psychological First Aid, developed by the World Health Organisation, to identify and support people in distress following a crisis or traumatic event. This video is particularly relevant to NHS and social care staff, first responders and coordinators of community led initiatives.
  • A conversational guide to support people through emotional distress. This is for professionals and volunteers who may be contacting vulnerable people or those in emotional distress. It includes advice about wording, appropriate questions to ask, things to be aware of when speaking with someone and additional support.
  • An overview of the mental health services that are available in Gloucestershire for both adults and young people.

May 13, 2020

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