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COVID 19 & Mental Health

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The impact of COVID 19 on health care workers' mental health

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COVID 19 & Mental Health

  1. 1. MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
  2. 2. Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership CONTENTS Sarah Ward Lindsay Lavantae 1. One You Tips about anxiety about COVID - 19 2. Signs of stress 3. Signs of depression 4. What to do first?
  3. 3. Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership NHS ENGLAND ALONE LOST 18,631 WORKING DAYS DUE TO ANXIETY, STRESS AND DEPRESSION IN 2018/19.
  4. 4. Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership 10 TIPS TO HELP IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT CORONAVIRUS The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, helpless, overwhelmed, confused or angry. It's important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently to different events. There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty – and doing so will help you think clearly and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about. Here are 10 ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak. For specific tips and advice if you are staying at home, read our advice on maintaining your mental wellbeing while staying at home. It is important to follow the social distancing and stay at home guidance when it comes to seeing and being around others. The full article can be seen on the link below SOURCE : ONE YOUCOVID-19 ANXIETY TIPS https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/
  5. 5. Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership 1. SIGNS OF STRESSMHFA How you might feel  irritable, aggressive, impatient or wound up  over-burdened  anxious, nervous or afraid  like your thoughts are racing and you can't switch off  unable to enjoy yourself  depressed  uninterested in life  like you've lost your sense of humour  a sense of dread  worried about your health  neglected or lonely How you might behave  finding it hard to make decisions  avoiding situations that are troubling you  snapping at people  biting your nails  picking at your skin  unable to concentrate  eating too much or too little  smoking or drinking alcohol more than usual  restless, like you can't sit still  feeling tearful or crying How you might be physically affected  shallow breathing or hyperventilating  you might have a panic attack  blurred eyesight or sore eyes  problems getting to sleep, staying asleep or having nightmares  sexual problems, such as losing interest in sex or being unable to enjoy sex ?  tired all the time  grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw  headaches  chest pains  high blood pressure  indigestion or heartburn  constipation or diarrhoea  feeling sick, dizzy or fainting
  6. 6. Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership 2. SIGNS OF DEPRESSIONMHFA  Low mood, feeling sad, irritable or angry.  Less energy and feeling less able to do thing  Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy.  Loss of concentration.  Becoming tired easily.  Sleeping and eating less or eating more.  Feeling less good about yourself (loss of confidence).  Feeling guilty or worthless.  Thoughts of self-harm or suicide, and making suicide attempts.
  7. 7. Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership MHFA 3.WHAT TO DO FIRST Remember you are not alone – one in three have experienced mental health problems whilst in employment but with the right support many people can balance their health with the demands of a job. Being open can help you get the support you need:  Request a one-to-one meeting with your manager/colleague/someone you can confide in – book some time where you can discuss your mental health, how it relates to your work, and what might help you manage your health.  See your Dr – Book an appointment if you feel you are struggling to cope/ feel depressed/ stressed or overwhelmed – although we accept that it may be difficult to get an appointment at this time
  8. 8. Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership MHFA USEFUL LINKS • NHS - Moodzone: • https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/ • I have a black dog, called Depression (video) • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiCrniLQGYc • Shining a light on Suicide http://www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk/ • This is Me • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbuJ264H- Dc&list=PLNKopNWocIBkXFek9UtMX9IMHRr9pYxuS&index=10 • Mental Health First Aider video https://nhsengland.sharepoint.com/:v:/r/sites/thehub/Media/Mental%20Health %20support%20videos/MHFA%20subs.mp4?csf=1&e=bYe4cS • Mindful orghttps://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/ • https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-look-after-your-mental- health-using-mindfulness • Every Mind Matters https://mhfaengland.org/every-mind-matters/#tool • Robertson-Cooper - i-resilience tool https://www.robertsoncooper.com/iresilience/

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