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Welcome to the August 2020 edition of your Derbyshire Mental Health Network Newsletter from Derbyshire County Council Public Health.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  included in this edition is

advice and information about emotional wellbeing

and mental health support at this time

Derbyshire 'Mental health support line' now Freephone number and 24/7

The Mental health support line available for Derbyshire people of all ages who are experiencing increased mental health needs during the coronavirus pandemic can now be accessed via FREEPHONE 0800 028 0077. Provided by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust the support line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Please could you help to make more people aware of Derbyshire’s 24/7 freephone mental health support line, for example could you:

  • send an email to your colleagues and partners? 
  • include it as any other business in your next meeting?
  • include it in your next newsletter?
  • post about it on social media?


Supporting someone as lockdown lifts 

As elements of lockdown lift, many people will feel relieved but some may feel anxious, everyone will feel differently. If you know someone who is feeling anxious, try not to minimise their concerns and take the time to really listen to them. Time to Change have produced tips to help you be there for someone. You can read these tips here on Twitter. 


Joined up Care Derbyshire’s Covid-19 mental health and wellbeing webpages 

For frequently updated information on boosting your wellbeing and looking after your mental health at this time you may want to consider looking at the Joined Up Care Derbyshire (JUCD) wellbeing webpages.

On the JUCD website you’ll find tailored information for staff including self-help resources on a range of issues you may be experiencing, resources to help you to support others, resources for leaders on supporting teams, and a comprehensive list of support services. Click here for staff support wellbeing information.

You’ll also find on the website a range of topics including for example anxiety management, support for those who have experienced a bereavement, recovery from COVID-19. Click here for mental health and wellbeing information for the general public.

New Derby and Derbyshire Emotional Health & Wellbeing website launched 

A new Emotional Health & Wellbeing website has been launched by NHS Derby & Derbyshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide a signposting website for Derby and Derbyshire containing local and national links and resources. The website is designed for professionals, members of the public and children and young people who wish to access local services or just require further information on the services that are available to them. Click here to visit the new Emotional Health & Wellbeing Derby and Derbyshire website.


Psychological First Aid (PFA) digital training module: COVID-19

Public Health England (PHE) have launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module, aimed at all frontline or essential workers and volunteers. The course teaches the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies and aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide this support to people affected by COVID-19. PFA is a globally recognised training in emergency situations. PHE has developed this new course as part of their national incident response, in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, FutureLearn and others.

The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support. The course takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace.


Kindness matters 

Derbyshire County Council Public Health would like to say a big thank you to everyone who kindly supported this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week which took place in May. In response to the coronavirus outbreak the theme was ‘kindness’. However, as a result of its benefits to both individual and collective mental health, kindness  matters every day of the year. For tips and ideas on acts of kindness, for yourself, friends, family, neighbours and colleagues check out the Kindness Matters Guide from the Mental Health Foundation.


Heads Together Wellbeing Guides on Instagram

Heads Together have partnered with Instagram to produce three digital ‘guides’ to help support people’s mental health during Covid-19. The guides are the first to be featured on the platform as part of Instagram’s new global mental health initiative. Curated by Heads Together they feature posts, resources, and inspiration from their charity partners and others. The three guides are focused on specific aspects of mental wellbeing: talking, self-care, and kindness.


Derbyshire mental health training and development of virtual/online delivery 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak our face-to-face mental health training courses remain postponed for the current time. In the meantime we are working with our mental health training providers to develop virtual/online training as part of our Derbyshire County Council Public Health mental health training offer. Further details will appear on our mental health training webpage in due course including training dates. We hope to be able to provide an update in September but please keep checking the webpage regularly.