We all need support from time to time. We all have good days and bad days, and reaching out for support and taking time to look after yourself is vital.
Your health and wellbeing has never been more important than it is now. Stress and burn-out are real issues for social care staff, especially after the pandemic. But you are not alone.
Your wellbeing is the top priority of Staffordshire’s partnership of social care organisations. Pooling resources and working together, organisations in Staffordshire are offering a range of different resources and ways to support you.
We know that this is one of the best ways to help you enjoy your vocation for the long-term and support you to give the best care possible.
Our wellbeing offer is for all staff working in social care, and it’s improving all the time.
Did you know?
All social care staff can access the same emotional wellbeing support services that our colleagues in the health service do.
The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Staff Psychological Wellbeing Hub offers free counselling and wellbeing support and a range of workshops to help you manage your mental wellbeing.
Supporting your mental wellbeing
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Staff Psychological Wellbeing Hub
The Wellbeing Hub is a free (and confidential) resource for staff working in health and social care settings across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The goal is to create a culture, where asking for help and support is the norm! Working in health and social care is a rewarding career but it can be difficult, and it is important we all take care of our health and wellbeing. Please see the below links and flyers - please promote across your services and don't be afraid to get in touch with the hub directly, if you have any questions or need further support.
Mental Health at Work phone line and resources
If you work in social care, talk with someone who gets it.
For free, confidential, emotional support:
Call 0300 303 4434 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, for trauma and bereavement support from Just B
Text FRONTLINE to 85258
Whatever you're going through, you can call free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 to talk to Samaritans.
All in confidence with trained volunteers.
Talk to others who have had direct experience of working in social care
Access to free, confidential counselling via the Thinkwell Cares service. Referrals can be made by calling 01785 276899 and leaving a message. There are also great resources available on the staff intranet
Local Government Association: Health & Wellbeing information
The Health & Wellbeing information for care staff pack (1.46 MB) (from the LGA and NHS) and the dedicated LGA webpage contain advices, tips and tools to manage stress and wellbeing, alongside contact details for a range of local and national resources.
Find the specific resource that can help you with your financial wellbeing
Skills for Care’s ‘wellbeing resource finder’ will help you find wellbeing resources that are relevant to the social care sector to support wellbeing in the workplace as well as investing in your own emotional wellbeing.
MPFT Wellbeing and Recovery College
The Wellbeing and Recovery College provides recovery focused- education courses that are accessible to everyone in our local communities. Their goal is to work together to create an environment of hope, control, and opportunities.
InstructorLive Unlimited Access
It’s like Peloton, but you don’t pay for it! Register for access to all programmes on InstructorLive, which has 800+ workouts including HIIT, Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics, Dance, Strength and Toning for every fitness level as well as nutritionist-approved meal plans.
Parkrun is a free, community event where you can walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate. Parkrun is 5km and takes place every Saturday morning. junior parkrun is 2k, dedicated to 4-14 year olds and their families, every Sunday morning.
Parkrun is positive, welcoming and inclusive, there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along. Search for a Park Run near you.
The Recalibrate Wellbeing Programme on Vivup
Upgrade your mindset, nutrients, movements, and lifestyle habits in a 12 step programme for busy people. Each session focuses on a weekly wellbeing topic and includes video learning, reflections, live questions and answers, small habit upgrades. It’s the small things we do every day that result in lifetime long term transformation. Create an account today.