Health & Wellbeing

WHO Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak Poster?

Helpful poster for dealing with stress from WHO

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WHO Poster Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak?

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Steps to Health Challenge 2020 is back on from 14th September until 18th October

Registration now open .

The Steps to Health Challenge will be different this year because of COVID-19. However, it will still be fun and beneficial to all who participate. While some of our staff are never off their feet, many may be finding it difficult to reach their usual levels of physical activity, particularly those working from home. The Steps to Health Challenge runs for five weeks, supporting staff to walk more and count your steps daily so that you can record your improvements over time.

Due to COVID-19 we all have to be mindful of social distancing. So, this year we are encouraging smaller teams, between 2 and 10 participants, along with a team co-ordinator. We encourage you to walk as part of a virtual team if you are working from home during the challenge and suggest you walk with just one colleague at a time if you are in a workplace. If you took part in this challenge last year, please reuse your step counter. You can also use your smartwatch, mobile phone app or similar devices to count your daily steps.We will have some new competitions and prizes that will run throughout the challenge to keep us all motivated.

 What is the steps challenge?

The steps challenge is a five-week walking challenge that supports staff to walk more. The aim is to get you walking and counting your steps daily. Steps can be accumulated in many ways. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Walk during your break and after work. Most of us walk between 3,000 to 5,000 steps a day. We challenge you to make up the extra steps so that you reach the goal of 10,000, which is the recommended number of steps for health benefits.It might take longer for those who are inactive at present. You can break up the steps into ten-minute walks at a time and still get the health benefits.

Steps to Health is for everyone, regardless of your fitness or ability levels. Aim to increase your step count on a daily basis. Remember, every step counts!

Don’t miss out!  Join the fun while looking after your mental and physical wellbeing. Click Here:

Martin Griffin describes what it was like to be a newly qualified radiographer at the height of the pandemic

‘All I could think was that I hope my colleague can’t see me shaking’

 Staff self Care  in the context of covid: blog

Many disciplines contribute to the delivery of our Health Services, from primary care to acute  hospital care. These include medicine, nursing and the health and social care professionals.

As a hospital psychologist, I’m acutely aware of the additional ancillary disciplines, such as administrators, pharmacists, cleaners, caterers, porters, IT-experts, and security-personnel that also make invaluable contributions to the effective running of the health service. Each profession has its own challenges, and rewards, and all of them have been impacted by COVID-19.

In this Blog, I aim to speak to three things: the general well-being of healthcare staff, added stress due to COVID-19 and how we might cope with these demands.

How ‘well’ are we, anyway?

Most of the available data is limited to the well-being of doctors and nurses (not all healthcare disciplines), from other jurisdictions (not Ireland specifically). I’m part of a research group looking to change that.

Nevertheless, the data signals some stark warnings. Doctors and nurses are at higher risk of developing mental health problems, relative to the general population1,2. They are also at an increased risk of developing ‘burnout symptoms’1,3, and are more susceptible to sickness-related work-absences, particularly if working in public sector roles, large organizations, or being in a more junior role4.

Most alarmingly, they’re also at increased risk of suicide, which must say something about the demands of working in healthcare. These issues signal a need to increase support for healthcare workers, and remedy any ‘systemic’ issues that may be contributing.

Is COVID-19 adding additional stress?

Past pandemics have taught us that healthcare staff experience increased distress. What differentiates COVID-19 from other pandemics is its scale and the risk of the ‘system’ becoming overwhelmed.

It has led to unprecedented societal measures, such as lockdown, and public health measures, which have become ‘normal’. Bearing in mind that 30% of all Irish infections have been healthcare workers, we are one of the most affected groups.

Whilst we’ve all been affected to some extent, it’s clear that select subgroups of the health-force have experienced increased levels of anxiety, depressed mood and trauma.

More specifically, approximately 10-15% of healthcare workers report clinically significant distress, particularly those exposed to the frontline, and those at the earlier stages of their careers5.

However, one very interesting study is at pains to point out that baseline rates of poor mental-health are already very high within these healthcare worker cohorts and COVID-19 is only likely to be adding marginally to this6. Food for thought.

How can we cope?

Healthcare workers are capable, resilient, caring individuals with an ability to adapt to challenging environments. It’s possible you are already coping well. What follows is intended to remind us what’s recommended at times of crisis, viral pandemics included.

At an individual level, the aim is to stabilise and mitigate acute distress. One recommendation is to be attuned to your own emotional thermometer and responsive to it when it becomes at risk of getting ‘overheated’, so to speak. Practice relaxation. If you need to, seek the support of someone who’ll listen. Remember, not all problems need to be fixed, some just need to be heard and understood.

One of the most frequently offered pieces of advice by my colleagues was to ‘control the controllables’ and also to ‘switch off’ after one’s shift was completed. Having outside interests is invaluable in this regard.

One practical piece of advice is to remain informed but limit the extent to which you’re attending to news, which generally has a negative slant. If people are working on teams, regular ‘debrief’ sessions are considered helpful, where the focus is on communal support, not forced disclosure.

Some teams also introduced ‘buddy systems’, especially for junior colleagues.  With word limits against me, I’d finally suggest that framing one’s efforts in a meaningful way is another helpful psychological tactic. Sometimes it’s through adversity and sacrifice that we achieve something greatly significant. This is one of those time

Irish Medical Times Minding your mental health as a front-line healthcare worker

By irvingamede 18th June 2020

Senior Counselling Psychologist Dr Damien Lowry presents psychological advice targeted at front-line healthcare workers in the Irish health system for coping in the current environment of a COVID-19 pandemic Click Here:

The Irish Medical Times The significant impact of COVID-19 on mental health

In this article Galway-based GP Dr Brian Osborne outlines how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the population to date, health sector strategies and gives some advice for the public on what individuals can do for themselves and others. “If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere” The COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent changes across society have caused a significant impact on the mental health of the population.

In April, researchers from Ireland (Maynooth University and the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin), released the first wave of the Irish COVID-19 Psychological Survey; a multi-wave study running throughout the COVID-19 outbreak to better understand how people are responding, understanding, and coping with the pandemic. Click Here:

 Live-saving, innovative 24/7 text service launches in Ireland ‘50808’

 A new text based mental health service funded by the HSE launches today.

‘50808’ is a first of its kind for Ireland, a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis. Crisis Volunteers are available 24/7 for anonymous text conversations. The aim is to provide immediate support in the short term and connect people to resources that will help them in the future.

Doireann Garrihy launches the service via a Zoom event with Simon Harris TD, Minister for Health, Jim Daly, Minister for Mental Health and Anne O’Connor, Chief Operations Officer HSE.

Anne O’Connor, Chief Operations Officer, HSE, said “The impact of this pandemic will be different for all of us and while not everyone will need mental health support, for those that do it’s important to have a variety of services that meet those needs. Picking up the phone and asking for help can appear daunting, but texting 50808 will connect you to a trained listening Crisis Volunteer. Parallel to this important service, the HSE, through our Psychosocial Response Project, is aligning the different levels of supports that are available online, by phone and text to improve accessibility to mental health resources for those who might be struggling at this time.”


Counselling and psychotherapy service MyMind is working with Slaintecare and HSE Ireland to provide fully subsidised, online mental health support for those affected by Covid-19 and frontline workers.

To be eligible for this support, you should be:

Presenting with COVID 19 related mental health issues (e.g. bereavement, social isolation/cocooning, illness, stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, domestic violence, etc.).

AND (at least one of the following)

– A front-line worker in a medical setting (e.g. HSE staff, nursing home staff, paramedic, public health worker, YYYY- Employed with low income (see threshold in How Do I Apply section)
– Unemployed due to COVID 19
– Bereaved resulting from COVID 19
– ,Over the age of 65
– Cocooning due to ill-health (regardless of age)

Visit the MyMind website for more information:

Stress Control

Don’t miss the last run this summer of the HSE’s successful Stress Control programme! The free on-line programme has already been completed by approximately 10,000 people in Ireland.

Go to to take part.

Please also note the Healthcare Worker Helpline 1850 420 420.

Join the conversation on social media @HsehealthW at #StressControlI

Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line

Many people have experienced and will experience the death of someone they love during the COVID-19 pandemic. It may have been a COVID-related death or a death from other causes. People may also be finding a previous bereavement more difficult at this time.

While we may be seeing reductions in the number of deaths connected to COVID-19, we know that people’s pain and grief does not diminish as quickly.

In the face of such loss and trauma, the Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line, in partnership with the HSE, has been launched to provide connection, comfort and support, in these exceptional times.

COVID-19 restrictions have changed the traditional ways we mark our grief. For the moment, it is not possible to come together like we did traditionally. This means many people are facing bereavement in isolation.

What is the IHF Bereavement Support line?

It is a national freephone service 1800 80 70 77 which will be available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday

A guide for the Bereaved during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Covid -19 pandemic has forced us to change the ways we usually deal with loss of a loved one . this guide . The guide is concerns with the time the death occurs up to the time of burial/cremation.

Supports for health care workers :

  • Crisis Text Line Ireland #ForTheFrontlines to get our support to the heroes of this pandemic. Text FRONTLINE to 086-1800-280 for support 24/7.
  • Stress Control ‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings by the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) and across the world.: Click Here:
  • Therapy Hub – Click Here:
  • Trauma Response Network Ireland – Call 01 9025020 or email
  • Connect a Coach –
  • Aware are operating their freephone support line, email support and online Life Skills programme.
    1800 804 848 (7 days a week from 10 AM – 10 PM)
  • BeLonG To will continue their Crisis Counselling Services and provide them digitally.
    All current clients are being contacted directly.
  • The Cork Counselling Service is offering counselling and crisis support by phone to Cork City and County during business hours. 083 077 7998 Click Here:
  • Helplink provide free/low cost online counselling and therapy 7 days a week including free counselling for people laid off by crisis, people with addictions, people returning home and the Irish stuck or living abroad.Click Here:
  • HSE 24/7 Mental Health Information Line.
    1800 111 888
  • HSE Mental Health Supports and Services During COVID-19 webpage Click Here:
  • HSE Your Mental Health website.  Click Here:
  • The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is the largest professional body of counsellors/ psychotherapists in Ireland . Click Here:
  • The Irish Online Counselling and Psychotherapy Service offer an experienced service to anyone experiencing difficulties via instant chat, telephone 086 070 9843 Email:  Video: Click Here:


RSCI Conversations that Matter Series Thursday 28th May .The courage of Compassion in the Crisis.

This webinar was excellent, and I thoroughly recommend that you listen to this . Professor Michael West  with a background in leadership in the UK ,  gives an overview of the effects of this pandemic on health care staff and the learnings we can bring forward .I have included a summary below :

HSCPs have collaborated and been extremely innovative  in their response to this pandemic . HSCPs have changed the way they have worked, and people have not been constrained by job titles . Clinical leadership has developed  with the elimination of hierarchy which has facilitated an appropriate and timely response to this pandemic. Professor West commented on the extraordinary growth of teamwork in healthcare services . There has been a strong focus on communication and learning at speed . There has been a focus on stepping back continually to re-group  and respond to what is happening on the ground . There is an enormous gratitude in the wider community to health care staff .There have been very dark times during and before this pandemic in healthcare services. The health services were at breaking point in the UK. This  pandemic added to this pressure .In the darkest times Professor West stated that  light can come streaming in . Now Professor West believes is the moment for the light to come in .We need  to transform our services for now and the future . Professor West emphasised three important themes the importance of compassion , collaboration and teamwork and reflection and learning . What has emerged now  is a compassionate response from the public to health care staff.

Compassion is a core value of healthcare organisations and an important intervention . “Cancer  Patients assigned to compassionate care service  can survive 30% longer “. Compassionate health care costs less and provides high quality care. If we want to develop and improve the service leaders must model compassion . The interprofessional working and support for each other is very evident during the pandemic .

Taking time out to reflect  and review is important for individuals to grow and develop in their roles  .Reflection facilitates a space for HSCPs to decompress and mull over their key learning points .Teams that take time  out to review to adapt and change on a regular basis are between 35% and 40% more productive, Organisations that have a commitment to reflection  and learning are much more innovative


Resource Pack: Stress Management European Safety & Health at Work

Bringing Policy to Practice – Resource Pack

The HSE recognises that its employees are its most important asset in the delivery of high-quality health and social services and at its core are the values: “Care, Compassion, Trust and Learning”. The management of safety, health and welfare is of fundamental importance in upholding these values Click here:

A Guide to Understanding and Coping with Compassion Fatigue

This is an excellent resource on Compassion Fatigue and very time to include at this time. Please see link to the Guide here

Radiotherapy and Oncology

Professional quality of life and burnout amongst radiation oncologists’ impact of alexthymia and empathy Different factors may influence the professional quality of life of oncology professionals. Among them, personality traits, as alexithymia and empathy, are under investigated. Alexithymia is about deficits in emotion processing and awareness. Empathy is the ability to understand another’s ‘state of mind’/emotion. The PROject on Burnout in Radiation Oncology (PRO BONO) assesses professional quality of life, including burnout, in the field of radiation oncology and investigates alexithymia and empathy as contributing factors Click here:

Supports for health care workers :

Stress Control Programme

The Stress Control programme is being ran again

Programme to help with stress control available online to staff from today, 13 April, via

Watch Dr. Christina Corbett, HSE Senior Clinical Psychologist, introducing the HSE Stress Control Online Programme

Stress Control is an evidenced based programme that teaches you practical skills to deal with stress. Please also note the Healthcare Worker Helpline 1850 420 420.

The programme covers topics including:

  • how stress affects our bodies and our thoughts,
  • skills to overcome panicky feelings,
  • and tips to getting a good night’s sleep.

This programme includes six modules which will be broadcast at scheduled times for 3 weeks (2pm and 8.30pm Mondays and Thursday).

Go to and subscribe at no cost to the YouTube channel so you will be updated when the next module will be broadcast.

At this very challenging time Stress Control is a proven and effective way to improve mental wellbeing for staff and the public. You may wish to share the information about this programme with your family and friends to encourage their participation

 RSCI Conversations that Matter

Organisations that take care of their staff in Covid-19

Excellent webinar discussing the importance of supporting all healthcare staff during Covid-19 . Health care workers are fearful of catching Covid-19 of taking it home to their families. Also, there are issues for staff who have contracted Covid-19 returning to work . The webinar discusses the Psychology support service set up in Tallaght University Hospital which perraes a zoom counselling staff for 10-40 mimtues sessions. They also offer resilience training .

COVID Trauma Response Working Group Clinical Guidance  UK Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid is referred to in the RSCI conversation that matter as the tool they used in Tallaght to spout their staff .

This guidance provides a summary of how to use Psychological First Aid. This guidance is aimed at providing information for untrained staff on how to operate within Psychological First Aid Framework and may also be helpful to staff already trained in Psychological First Aid. This guidance is not intended to be a formal training manual and we recognise that this guidance is not a replacement for formal training in Psychological First Aid.

During the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic we recognise that many people may face very stressful experiences. Some people including, for example, frontline health and social care staff, whilst extremely resilient, may at times feel overwhelmed and distressed. However, there is a need for them to continue to function at a high level. Staff may be unable to take the time they need to fully express their emotions and process their experiences. Rather, they are expected to go back into their demanding and high-pressure roles Click here:

Factors Associated with Mental Health Outcomes Among Health Care Workers Exposed to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Facing this critical situation, health care workers on the front line who are directly involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients with COVID-19 are at risk of developing psychological distress and other mental health symptoms. The ever-increasing number of confirmed and suspected cases, overwhelming workload, depletion of personal protection equipment, widespread media coverage, lack of specific drugs, and feelings of being inadequately supported may all contribute to the mental burden of these health care workers Click Here:


UNICEF is working with health experts around the clock to provide tips and guidance for families on everything from how to talk to children about COVID-19, to how to wash your hands properly, to advice for teenagers on how to protect their mental health.

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Parenting helpful tips

Here is how we can maintain control and manage our anger, so we do not hurt others.

Brain science shows if you control your anger or do something positive you increase your child’s brain development. That’s real success!

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How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19)

6 strategies for teens facing a new (temporary) normal.

I included mental health supports for teenagers as it’s very challenging for this age group coping with the new way of life.

Supports for health care workers :

Self-Care Handbook “Mind your mind on the Frontline”

Anxiety, fear and panic is a common experience amongst frontline and healthcare staff during this time. This handbook seeks to provide practical advice and resources to support the well-being of staff, during each psychological, response phase to COVID-19. The psychological response phases are namely, (1) The Preparation Phase, (2) The Active Phase, and (3) The Recovery Phase.   Self-care is a necessity to protect healthcare workers and build resilience in the face of psychological adversity. Selfcare, for frontline and health care workers, can be complex and challenging, given, that many individuals in these roles are used to prioritising the needs of others, over their own needs.

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Cultivation self -compassion in a crisis

Compassion is the cornerstone of healthcare work. It is a fundamental component of the care provided by healthcare workers, coupled with devotion and hope against disease and despair. On a typical day, tending to the physical and emotional needs of others involves risks of emotional exhaustion and burnout. In the depths of a global pandemic, these risks are significantly heightened.

Some helpful tips in this article :

Become more aware of your emotions at this time, meeting them with acceptance and acknowledgement, allowing them to be felt and processed

Refrain from self-judgement or criticism, try to recognise when the inner critic is active and catch these thoughts and become aware of them

Expect and accept a range of emotional and physical responses to this situation, from heightened sensitivity or irritability to fatigue

Ask yourself how you would respond to a friend who was having a similar thought or experience to you. What would they need to hear? How would you convey compassion and understanding to them?

Take each day at a time, trying to be present in the here and now as much as possible, particularly during moments of rest and leisure

Have patience with yourself, recognise your limits and set boundaries with others

Engage only in things that bring you a sense of comfort at this time – ensure your free time is spent fulfilling your own individual needs and avoid comparison with others

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PCI College Supports

If unaddressed, uncertainty can cause us to experience helplessness and anxiety. However, there are things you can do to shift your reaction and learn to sit with it more peacefully.

Check out more on what you can do that by: Clicking here and also check out our videos on #PCITalks as every week we are sharing with you some advice to help us through this lockdown together!

Survey Resilience of Healthcare Workers during the Covid-19 pandemic

My name is Robert Maweni, I’m an Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery Registrar at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, United Kingdom. I’m part of a group of international doctors and psychologist who are looking to investigate the Resilience of Healthcare Workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In order to do this, we have put together a 7-minute survey which uses validated psychological scales to ascertain levels of this and related factors.

We would greatly appreciate your assistance in the form of disseminating the survey link to your members organisation members. There is further information for participants in the link itself, enabling them to make an informed decision on whether or not to participate.

Here is the link: Click Here:

 Podcast Staying positive in lockdown How to manage your mental health and learn resilience

In this episode: James Lucey, clinical professor of psychiatry at TCD and a consultant psychiatrist at St. Patrick’s University Hospital joins Nadine O‘Regan to discuss lockdown coping strategies.

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Death and Loss ELFH

This brief session aims to highlight some key important tips and points in dealing with death and loss. It then points users to the existing materials on the rest of the portal.

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Advice / support when someone you care about is dying

Supports for health care workers :

 Special COVID-19 Webinar | Maintaining Staff Safety & Morale 30th April

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, radiology departments around the globe are working diligently to prepare and find solutions to safely image their patients while protecting their staff.

For those in charge of these radiology departments, an even more complex matter exists.  Keeping staff morale high while ensuring their protection against the virus with an ample supply of Personal Protection Equipment Click Here

Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep during Tough Times

If you’ve found yourself tossing and turning at bedtime lately, you’re certainly not alone.

With Covid-19 bringing the world into unchartered waters so suddenly and with life as we know it, along with our daily routines, being turned upside-down, it’s to be expected that many of us are having trouble sleeping lately.

We may be facing the uncertainty of job loss, and fears for the health of loved ones. We may be leaning on unhealthy coping mechanisms like alcohol to manage our anxiety levels or be caught up in scrolling unsettling news before bedtime.

In fact, getting between 7 – 9 hours helps us to:

  • Mind our mental and physical health
  • Cope better and regulate our emotions
  • Concentrate and motivate ourselves.

Sleeping during tough times, Click here:

 Mental Health Ireland Pack

We will get through this together. It’s important for us to reassure ourselves and each other of this. The Covid-19 situation can challenge our mental health, but we can rest assured that the supports we need are still there. The way we access these supports may require a temporary adjustment. We might need to put extra effort into looking after our mental health for a while. But we will get through this together. Right now, it is important for us to remember to connect, communicate and reassure.

Although things seem out of control there is so much still within our control. Have a look at our video on how routine can support our mental health.

Download our  Routine Chart Click Here:

Download the Connect, Communicate & Reassure Resource Pack

5 Ways for  Tough Times

These helpful posters can be downloaded and printed for staff notice boards as another helpful resource at this difficult time. Click Here:

The Five Ways to Wellbeing video  are simple actions to practice each day to maintain or improve our mental health and wellbeing. The New Economics Foundation developed the set of evidence-based actions in 2008. The project examined research from across the world on proven actions that can help us to feel good and function well.

  • Small improvements in wellbeing can increase our ability to lead a more fulfilling life.
  • Each action in the Five Ways to Wellbeing can make a positive difference to your life.
  • The Five Ways to Wellbeing are free and easy to incorporate into your life.
  • You are probably doing some of these actions already without being aware of it.
  • To get the most from the Five Ways to Wellbeing, try to combine all of them on a daily

 5 ways to wellbeing video

Resilience Webinar April 29th at 12pm

Learn how you can perform better when exposed to pressure and face challenges when it matters most.

Join us for our free webinar on April 29th at 12pm by clicking below. It’s completely free

This 2-hour webinar will cover:

  • What is Resilience
  • Resilience in a VUCA & Post Pandemic World
  • The Change & Loss Curve
  • The Stress & Recovery Cycle
  • Your Resilience Bank Account
  • The Benefits Resilience & Consequences of Low Resilience

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Stress management: free relaxation exercises

Nikki Fitzpatrick OT are  delighted to bring you a selection of recorded relaxation exercises created by Nikki Fitzpatrick OT and shared free of charge with AOTI members. Practicing regular mindful breathing is very calming and energising. It assists greatly with alleviating stress.

Use these recordings to help you take a moment of calm, to relax the mind and body and build strength and focus.

  1. Beach meditation
  2. Being with the breath
  3. Body Scan
  4. Calm before a meeting
  5. Deep relaxation with water
  6. Ergonomic body scan


Each week, Atlantic Fellow FIONNUALA SWEENEY speaks to PROFESSOR IAN ROBERTSON, neuroscientist and Co-director of the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College, Dublin, about what happens in our brains during times of mental pressure and how we can better cope during this time of collective stress. Listen here: 


Wellbeing in times of Stress TCD

 The Five Ways to Wellbeing video  are simple actions to practice each day to maintain or improve our mental health and wellbeing. The New Economics Foundation developed the set of evidence-based actions in 2008. The project examined research from across the world on proven actions that can help us to feel good and function well.

 Silver cloud

Silver Cloud are offering free access to the well-being supports for all healthcare workers working within the HSE. Our programs are designed to help you improve and maintain your wellbeing; however, they do not specifically address the COVID-19 crisis. Make sure you follow the government’s guidelines to maintain your health and the health of others during this time. Click Here:

How to create a Wellbeing Plan and other advice and information

I attended the IIRRT HSE CPD funded Self -care course and we were advised to devise a well-being plan . Here is some helpful information to develop a well-being plan to help you cope during this pandemic A Physical and Mental Wellbeing Plan can be downloaded here:

The 30-3-30 approach (Activities for 30 secs, 3 mins, 30 mins) 

Some ideas for your wellbeing plan . This can be used for anyone right now to help them get through long days or self-isolation, cocooning etc

It’s really important for people who are self-isolating because of coronavirus to look after their mental health and wellbeing as well their physical health. Staying at home and avoiding contact with others as much as possible is essential to limit the risk of catching the virus or spreading it to others.  But for many people, especially if you live alone, social isolation can be a lonely, anxious, scary or depressing time. This leaflet has a few simple tips to help look after our mental well-being. It’s written for people who are self-isolating, or are maybe just feeling isolated, and who don’t have access to the internet and online entertainment or ‘distraction’ options. If you can get online, you can download a copy of this information and get lots more ideas at The 30-3-30 approach The suggestions below are grouped into things that take about 30 seconds, things that you can do in about 3 minutes, and things that might take 30 minutes or longer. The 30 second ones are quick fix ‘emergency’ actions you can do if you suddenly feel panicky, scared or unable to cope. Please see link here to an extensive range of ideas for the 3

The 30-3-30 approach  

Mowlam Healthcare Wellbeing Matters leaflet

Mowlam have produced a wellbeing leaflet which has helpful tips on minding yourself during this time. You are caring for others at work, and at home, during this pandemic crisis, therefore it makes good sense that you look after your physical and mental health

Mowlan Wellbeing Leaflet

Bereavement Support

Loss of a loved one

The loss of a loved one can be difficult and can trigger a dip in your mental health. There is no right or wrong way to experience loss or to grieve. You may experience a wide range of emotions. This is part of coming to terms with a loss or bereavement

Bereavement & Grief Support

Bereavement and Grief support

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the traditional ways we mark our grief. For the moment, it is not possible to come together and to gather in one location. It is not possible to have a large funeral. It may not be possible to receive the company of those who wish to offer condolences. However, we can support ourselves and each other in different ways.

The Irish Hospice foundation has a leaflet when a loved one dies Click Here:

Over the coming days and weeks, the Irish Hospice Foundation will be developing a suite of materials to inform, support and reassure people as we navigate these uncertain times and find new ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement.

The resources include:

Grief in the workplace Irish Hospice Foundation

APA Help Centre 

Supporting co-workers after a personal loss Chichester, M et al (2018)

When a colleague returns to work after experiencing the death of someone close, peers are often uncomfortable speaking about the loss. But their response to a bereaved co-worker can significantly impact his or her healing process.1 Even though death is a normal part of life, people need time to adjust to the loss and experience grief. Click Here:

The College of Anaesthesiologists Ireland

Fatigue is a subjective feeling of needing to sleep (CAI). Due to the current immediate response to support healthcare staff during COVID-19 the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland with their colleagues in the Association of Anaesthetists have given permission to WHWU to use their Fatigue Pack. This is a support resource for all healthcare staff in relation to managing fatigue and exhaustion. Click Here:

Royal College of Physicians Ireland RCPI

Practical advice for healthcare workers dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic

Here we share 15 practical tips for helping you get through this challenging time  Click Here:

RCPI two  helpful videos to support health and social care professionals

Dr Eva Doherty, Director of Human Factors in Patient Safety, RCSI- Responding to Patients’ Distress and Strong Emotions during Covid-19  Eva discussed the importance of letting  people have their moment  to calm down . Pick out some words that you could use in this difficult conversation.  Dr Eva discussed the importance of addressing patients’ emotions .

Dr Sarah Byrne the psychological impact of stress on doctors during COVID19Most people who are exposed to acute trauma of Covid -19 will experience stress. Most people will recover . In the first phase people will shut down and freeze . Healthcare professionals may not respond negatively to trauma and they are regularly exposed to trauma. Those health care professionals not used to trauma situations ,if you experience  shutdown you need to try take some time off and engage in exercise and gets some rise .

Staffcare leaflet

Crisis Text Line Ireland

To support health care professionals and essential workers who are increasingly putting their lives at risk during the #COVID19 pandemic, we created #ForTheFrontlines to get our support to the heroes of this pandemic.

Text FRONTLINE to 086-1800-280 for support 24/7.

We want to make sure the heroes on the frontline know that when their shift ends, we’re here for you when there might be no one else around. When you’re done saving lives and stocking shelves Crisis Text Line is here to listen to the toll it’s taking and hopefully help ease the burden.

Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment. If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then come along to our online Stress Control class.

Stress Control

‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings by the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) and across the world. You can find out more here:  

As you can’t come to a regular Stress Control class due to the current circumstances, Stress Control will come to you and live stream the sessions.  Each session will play twice a day (at 2pm and repeated at 8.30 pm) on Mondays and Thursdays beginning on the 13th April (Session 1 will also repeat on Tuesday 14th). The sessions will be led by Dr Jim White, consultant clinical psychologist, who created the class and who has taught most of the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) trainers who would normally be running classes across the country.

To take part:

  • Go to where you can learn more about the class and get the dates. Everything you need to successfully complete the class – the booklets, self-assessment, relaxation and mindfulness – can be found in the ‘Free zone’. If you can, please read, and start working on, the booklets in the ‘Preparing for the course’ section before Session 1.
  • On the homepage, click on the ‘Stress Control 2020’ link to access our YouTube channel where the classes will be available to view at the scheduled times. If you click the ‘Subscribe’ button on our YouTube page (free), you will receive notifications when a new session is available. You can also follow the link, Click Here:
  • The session will begin exactly on time, so make sure you are there from the start. Sessions run for about 90 minutes and there will be a 10-minute break in the middle.
  • Each session is one piece of the jigsaw in tackling your Stress. By coming to each class, the jigsaw will form, and the big picture can emerge, making you better able to handle your stress. This is cognitive-behavioural therapy so it is crucial you practice the skills you will learn between sessions.

Life is very hard for us just now and there are no easy solutions or magic cures, but, with hard work and determination, we can boost our resilience to cope with these difficult times and come out the other end stronger. Please pass this on to anyone who you think might benefit from the class.

Well–being posters/EAP supports

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

This link is a poster created by “work well”  on  where health care workers seek for advice & support on COVID-19

Work Well Poster

Covid-19 – Psychological Survival

Society of Radiographers UK (SoR)

The SoR have developed posters to display in your Radiology RT departments

1.Tips on reducing anxiety Click Here:

2.How are you feeling Click Here:

A selection of open access , supportive resources and tools Click Here:

Support the Workers

The Workers collective is an international group of experts in disaster response, crisis psychology, high pressure decision-making and human performance and health under conditions of extreme stress. We were tasked by those involved in responding to the covid-19 pandemic in the UK to develop a rapid evidence-based training and support curriculum for staff providing psychosocial support to frontline workers.

We are sharing the materials we have produced in case they are useful to others in the UK and around the world. Click Here:

British Psychological Society BPS

Protecting  the Psychological needs of Healthcare staff

This is a guide for leaders and managers of healthcare services who will need to consider the wellbeing needs of all healthcare staff (clinical and non-clinical) as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. It offers practical recommendations for how to respond at individual, management and organisational level involving the appropriate utilisation of expertise within their practitioner psychologist and mental health professionals and anticipates the psychological reactions over time, and what people may need to recovery psychologically from this. Read More:

BPS have put together general resources and links to help deal with the effects to Covid-19 pandemic W

BPS Resources

The BPS has a number of resources and advice for the following list of topics:


Any decisions about the care and support provided for older people in response to the current situation with Covid-19 require careful consideration of many factors, not just chronological age.  The older population is a heterogeneous group with varying levels of vulnerability and resources. We welcome that the government has recommended people stay at home based on existing medical conditions rather than just chronological age. The self-isolation of members of the older population is likely to result in higher levels of mental distress and loneliness in this population, which requires attention alongside slowing the spread of the virus

Psychological impact of the response to the coronavirus/ Covid-19 on older people Click Here:

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Psychological First Aid – Look. Listen. Link

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an internationally recognised framework that you might find helpful in supporting others. It involves offering  supportive and practical help to others through compassionate listening,

  • Providing practical care and support where necessary
  • Helping people address basic needs and concerns
  • Helping people connect to information, services and social supports
  • Comforting people and helping them to feel calm
  • Reducing distress and fostering adaptive coping
  • Protecting people from further harm.

It is NOT,

  • Something that everybody affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will need
  • Counselling
  • “Psychological debriefing” in that it does not involve a detailed discussion of the events that caused the distress
  • Asking a person to analyse their situation
  • About pressurising a person to talk about their feelings
  • Something that only professionals can do.

To support colleagues using basic PFA principles, you should:


  • Look out for each other and regularly check-in with colleagues
  • Check for colleagues with obvious urgent basic needs such as food, hydration and rest
  • Check for colleagues with distress reactions e.g. a colleague who is normally upbeat but has suddenly gone quiet, is upset, angry or tearful


  • Respectfully approach those who may need support
  • Ask about their needs and concerns
  • Listen to them and try to help them to feel calm.


  • Where possible help colleagues address basic needs and access services
  • Give information about where they can get support
  • Connect colleagues remotely with loved ones and social support.

Covid-19 Mental Wellbeing

Helen Salisbury: Fear in the time of covid

Managing mental health challenges faced by healthcare workers during covid-19 pandemic

Neil Greenberg and colleagues set out measures that healthcare managers need to put in place to protect the mental health of healthcare staff having to make morally challenging decisions

The covid-19 pandemic is likely to put healthcare professionals across the world in an unprecedented situation, having to make impossible decisions and work under extreme pressures. These decisions may include how to allocate scant resources to equally needy patients, how to balance their own physical and mental healthcare needs with those of patients, how to align their desire and duty to patients with those to family and friends, and how to provide care for all severely unwell patients with constrained or inadequate resources. This may cause some to experience moral injury or mental health problems.


Key mental health and psychosocial support considerations

This briefing note summarises key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. MHPSS

This is an excellent resource and provides useful help for the following groups :

  • Helping older people cope with stress during Covid-19 outbreak
  • Supporting the needs of people with disabilities during Covid-19 outbreak
  • Messages Activities for helping with children deal with stress during the Covid-19 outbreak
  • MHSS activities for adults in isolation/quarantine
  • Supporting people working in the Covid-19 response
  • Messages for the general public with dealing with the stress of Covid-19 outbreak

key mental health and psychosocial support

 Supporting colleagues during covid-19: the intensive care consultant

Emma Wheatley, an intensive care medicine and anaesthesia consultant in Bolton, tells Adrian O’Dowd why it’s important to support colleagues so they can perform at their peak BMJ 2020; 369 doi:


Protect our healthcare workers

For healthcare staff at the front line of the covid-19 pandemic, work has suddenly become a frightening place. Impossible decisions threaten long term psychological damage from moral injury, say Neil Greenberg and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.m1211). And there is real and justified fear about personal safety, fuelled by a scandalous and widespread lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). Doctors have been reduced to sourcing improvised eye protection, making public appeals for respirator masks, and fundraising for supplies (doi:10.1136/bmj.m1286).

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: 


Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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