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Support for all healthcare workers

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

A website with a wealth of information to support NHS staff, including bitesize guides, videos, resources and information about services and helplines available for NHS staff.

A space for all NHS staff, regardless of role, to come together virtually and provide each other support. A safe and supportive environment hosted by an experienced practitioner with a maximum of 10 attendees.

Relate provide a free 30 minute webchat or phone conversation for NHS staff to talk about day to day issues or concerns you may be having, including stress or anxiety, family related worries, challenges with partners, colleagues, wider family or friends, or not having the time to focus on your own wellbeing. Their website also has resources on different relationship or wellbeing troubles you may be experiencing.

Individual coaching for primary care staff. This will be a space for you to offload the demands of whatever you are experiencing and be supported in developing practical strategies for dealing with this.

Place2B are offering resources to help NHS working parents, carers and their families during COVID-19. This includes an Art room resource pack for children and parents/carers to craft and create together.

Information which may be beneficial if you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is. A range of different areas are covered helping you to access the right information and to answer any questions you may have.

Mind also has local branches that can offer different kinds of support such as peer support groups.

Dealing with loss

The NHS have set up a confidential support line in partnership with Hospice UK. Fully qualified bereavement specialists are available to provide you support around bereavement and wellbeing issues relating to loss experienced through your work. The line is free to access 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

Phone: 0300 303 4434

CRUSE have both national and local branches that are able to provide support and resources around bereavement and loss. They can provide 1:1 counselling sessions and friendship groups for those who are trying to come to terms with the death of others. Their bereavement support volunteers are specially trained to listen and help you work through your grief.

Their national helpline is open 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday, 9.30am-8pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday.

Phone: 0808 808 1677

The Oxfordshire branch of CRUSE can be contacted on their phone line 10am-1pm Monday-Friday, or by emailing them at

The Buckinghamshire branch of CRUSE can be contacted by phone, online form or email at

NHS England have put together a page which provides information and advice around dealing with after a loss.

Pennine care NHS trust have put together a helpful guide with advice that can support you, care home residents and their families after a bereavement.

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Mindfulness and relaxation

Movement for Modern Life is a British online yoga platform that brings together world class yoga teachers, inspired movement and mindfulness into your home or a place of comfort.  NHS staff are being offered free access to a range of resources, including breathwork sessions and stress reduction classes.

A book based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. MBCT revolves around a simple form of meditation for a few minutes a day. More information can be found on their website.

For information about what Mindfulness is and how it could help you, NHS England has produced a guide.

Website and app that aims to help individuals to learn to meditate and live mindfully. Contains hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress and sleep to focus and anxiety.

A meditation timer that doubles as a mindfulness guide. Users can share their meditation times with their friends and check in on others users meditating in the area.
available for iPhone and Android

Support for BAME staff

A team of fully qualified professionals, all of whom are Tagalog speakers, ready to help support you if you have experienced a bereavement, had your wellbeing affected by witnessing traumatic deaths at work, or need to discuss any other anxiety or emotional issues that you may be experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This service is confidential and available 8am-8pm seven days a week.

Phone: 0300 303 1115

Provide a diverse range of services with the aim of serving Chinese people who are dealing with mental health related issues and problems.

Provides mental health support for individuals within the Jewish community.

Provides a confidential, non-judgemental and emotional support service for individuals within the Muslim community. Their website also has links to information and articles on a variety of related subjects. The helpline is open 10am-1pm Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm Friday.

Liberate provides culturally sensitive and diverse meditations and talks that have been curated for the BAME community. The app aims to help reduce anxiety, alleviate stress and promote rest. NHS staff can access a free subscription with their NHS email address until the 31st March.

Aims to empower Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women to live healthier lives, form stronger communities and pave the way for a better future.

They have created a page which brings together resources for gypsy, traveller and boater communities relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources for managers to support their staff

Coaching support for those who lead, manage or organise a team or group in primary care. Coaching is centred around compassionate and collaborative team leadership. The aim is to encourage psychological wellbeing and resilience in teams while supporting them to continue to deliver projects, services and high-quality care to patients.

NHS England have partnered with coaching providers to provide free, confidential 1:1 coaching or mentoring support sessions for all NHS and social care leaders.

Webpage that provides tips and advice for managers and team leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Activities, training, events and tools to help change attitudes towards mental health in your workplace.

Drug and alcohol support

Information and advice on alcohol during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – including tips for managing your drinking, links to support you can access during lockdown and beyond, and guidance for professionals.

Turning Point Roads to Recovery is an all-purpose drug and alcohol treatment service located in Oxfordshire & commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council. They are dedicated to promoting wellbeing and recovery from addiction when you feel ready to take those steps. Oxfordshire services offer a variety of treatment options; they will support you to find the right treatment for you to make positive changes.

One Recovery Bucks provide a confidential, free and easy-to-access service to anyone living in Buckinghamshire impacted by their own or someone else’s use of alcohol and drugs.

Domestic abuse support

The National domestic violence helpline is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues, and others calling on their behalf.

Victim Support is an independent charity that helps people cope with the effects of crime. They provide free and confidential support and information.

They also offer a live chat service.

For men experiencing domestic abuse and violence, offering phone, email and webchat support, along with guidance to family and friends.

Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services (ODAS) offer emotional and practical support to victims suffering or fleeing domestic abuse

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 Tel: 0800 731 0055  Monday- Friday 10am-7pm

WWA covers Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks. They provide support to women and children experiencing the effects of domestic abuse by offering safe, practical and emotional support.

AVMKSAASS provides support to females and males aged 16 and over living in Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes who have experienced sexual assault and abuse, and males living in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes who have experienced domestic abuse, with the aim of enabling survivors to live fulfilling lives.

Money support and advice

The Money Advice Service is an organisation that works to improve peoples financial wellbeing across the UK, providing provide free and independent support.

NHS telephone support line: 0800 448 0826

WhatsApp: 07701 342 744

Free, confidential and impartial debt advice service. Citizens Advice staff get specialist training on how to deal with individuals with mental health problems.

Step Change are a debt help service that also provide extra support in completing forms or benefits checks.

Self-help guides

The NHS have produced a guide to good sleep in partnership with Sleepio that provides tips and advice around sleeping well. You can also download the sleepio app to get a personalised sleep programme.

Get Self-Help is a website based on CBT techniques and information.  It has a wide range of downloadable worksheets and information on a range of disorders such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem and anger. It also has links to other useful websites.

An online course that aims to help you to identify and overcome emotional problems. The course, which you can complete at your own pace, helps you to develop good coping skills.

Information which may be beneficial if you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is. A range of different areas are covered helping you to access the right information and to answer any questions you may have.

This website offers self-help literature to download in several formats. Information available on topics such as abuse, alcohol, anxiety, bereavement, controlling anger, depression, health anxiety, panic, postnatal depression, self-harm, sleep problems and stress.

A free online, user friendly self-help guide to living with and managing chronic pain. Reconnect2Life is an interactive programme to help you look at your pain and how it affects you. It consists of a number of different modules which you can work through and complete.

A useful website which allows you to check your eligibility for benefits and grants. You put in your details and the website will calculate what you are entitled to. A telephone service is available as well.

Books on prescription

There are a range of self-help books which you can borrow from your local library for free. Reading these books can help you to better understand and manage your health and wellbeing. 

The books are recommended by the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, approved by health professionals and supported by public libraries. 

There are currently four book lists available:

  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions,
  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia
  • Reading Well for young people
  • Reading Well for long term conditions.

For more information about Reading Well, please visit their website.