Firstly, it’s ok to not be ok! Plenty of your colleagues have been through this and come out the other side. You can see some of their stories here:
If you aren’t feeling great and don’t know how to proceed, please CLICK HERE – these SYMPTOM CHECKERS will help you to work out what your issue is and what might be of help. Don’t forget, if you need help right now or are in crisis please click here
The Reading Well Programme helps people to understand and manage their mental health. The books (some of which are available in Cymraeg) provide useful information on mental health and dementia, and have been recommended by mental health professionals. The books are available at your local library, even if you are not a member.
Working with Powys Teaching Health Board, WAST has now put in place rapid access to the online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) platform SilverCloud. This is an evidence-based programme that is likely to help with anxiety, depression, stress and other issues including sleep problems, grief and relationships. You will receive fortnightly reviews which will be scheduled with your Online CBT Coordinator to support you through the programme.
The guided time frame for completion is 12 weeks, but you will have access to the platform for a total of 12 months from the date of registration. One of the main benefits of this programme is that you can dip in and out as much or as little as you feel is suitable. The programme is very easy to use, and the use of interactive tools makes your experience interesting and motivational.
To access the platform, all you need to do is complete the registration form here, and send it on to the email address included on the form. You’ll will receive an email with your login details and can then start to use the platform.
You can also access online CBT via occupational health if you wish to.
For more information, click here
Complete the registration form here
Some people prefer to speak to someone face to face. Care first operates and manages a UK wide network of counsellors for the provision of face to face counselling. Care First will do their best to resolve issues via telephone counselling but will also offer face to face counselling if this is required.
Care first counsellors operate to a brief, short-term, solution focussed model of counselling suitable for either personal or work related issues. Face to face counselling can be arranged following:
A Local Primary Mental Health Support Service is in place in each and every part of Wales. This is generally not part of the specialist mental health services in your area and is focused on helping people with common mental health problems like anxiety and depression. They will often offer face to face support and groups, though all services offer things designed for their local populations. Some examples are set out below:
Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan – http://www.stepiau.org/
Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire – http://www.iawn.wales.nhs.uk/home
Swansea Bay – http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/863/page/47545
Search online or contact your GP surgery for more information about how to access local primary mental health support services
Available Mon- Fri (excluding Bank holidays)
In house Occupational health remit undertaken in order to support both employees and managers when work might be affecting health. Mangers are able to refer to OH with employee consent and also employees can self-refer to OH.
Available Mon- Fri 8 – 4pm (excluding Bank holidays)
Inhouse, signposting service to accredited resources for mental and physical wellbeing includes signposting/referral to physiotherapy service.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend trauma focused cognitive behaviour therapy or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). An all-Wales traumatic stress service is currently under development, but services are available through the NHS at some locations. Please ask your GP for information about this. A list of CBT practitioners across the UK can be found in the link.
TASC can fund psychological support for any ambulance staff struggling with stress-related illness or struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Currently, TASC can also arrange residential psychological well-being support via The Police Treatment Centres. This support provides access to various wellbeing therapies with opportunity for a few individual sessions with a counsellor.
For those who require more intensive counselling, TASC has commissioned ‘Rewind Treatment’ from the Red Poppy Company, a model of counselling support for those affected by trauma of any kind. You will be allocated a counsellor near-by so that you do not have to travel far or stay away from home to receive this treatment.
Together with 20 local Mind associations in Wales MIND Cymru is committed to improving mental health in this country. Your local MIND will have loads of useful information about local services and supports in your area.
This dedicated Online Counselling Centre is available 8am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week, your session is completely confidential and will not be divulged to WAST or your line manager.
9.00-17.00 Monday and Friday, 09.00-20.00 Tuesday to Thursday (except Bank Holidays).
The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement.
Witnessing death can make it hard to switch off, even when the shift is over. Emergency services staff are likely to be confronted with loss more regularly than many other professions and it’s not uncommon for these experiences to take a toll on mental and emotional wellbeing. That’s why ‘You Behind the Uniform’ is offering self-care and confidential support designed around your needs.
List of resources that can help you
Men’s Sheds are community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun. There are lots of Men’s Sheds in Wales, to find one click here:
Here you can find details of all officially accredited CBT Therapists. All the practitioners listed here are accredited members of either the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), which is the lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland, or the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (AREBT).
Woody’s focuses on support for WAST staff who are leaving the organisation or have already left (as well as armed forces veterans). The can offer expert advice and support on housing, benefits, NHS referrals, as well as socialising and family days
There are two lodges in Wales, one in Barry and the other in Colwyn Bay. To find out more about them, visit their website
The Hub of Hope is a first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place.
A resource for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death in England and Wales.
SOBS seeks to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.
Self-help guides available in both English and Welsh, including a guided programme on Activate your Life and Support Plus from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board