A new 24 hour mental health helpline has been launched, offering confidential help and advice to anyone registered with a GP in Kirklees or in neighbouring councils.
We know that many of you are concerned about the wellbeing of your neighbours, friends and those who are more vulnerable in our communities. We’re also aware that you’re doing an awful lot to support each other. This helpline could be a great way to get support for those who need it.
Mental Health Helpline – 0800 183 0558
Mental Health training
There is also some free training available to support you with talking about mental health, delivered by the Zero Suicide Alliance and Future Learn.
Zero Suicide Alliance offer a session called ‘Stepping up’ – this covers the impact of isolation on wellbeing, dealing with our ever-changing circumstances, the impact of social connectivity, signs of poor wellbeing, how to communicate and how to look after yourself.
Future Learn offer training on Psychological First Aid and it covers:
- What is psychological first aid?
- How do emergencies impact mental health?
- The psychological first aid stages: Prepare, Look, Listen, Link
- Supporting yourself and your colleagues
- Example scenarios
Anyone can use this approach. The following is what you will need to use Psychological First Aid:
- Be a good listener. An important part of Psychological First Aid is identifying what help and support each person requires.
- Be well informed about the COVID-19 pandemic, so you can give people accurate information. It is important that people can trust you.
- Have the ability to encourage active coping by, for instance, helping people make decisions about the next steps they will take.
- Encourage and help people to connect with their loved ones, or community and spiritual supports. Be aware of people’s cultural preferences and needs, and adopt a non-judgemental approach.
- Know how to look after your own wellbeing and access support through friends, family, supervision or managers.