Mental Health Awareness Week: how Devon Wellbeing Hub can help
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, which aims to get people talking about their mental health and wellbeing and reduce the stigma that exists around mental illness. As you may have seen, this year’s theme is ‘nature’ and the impact it has on our wellbeing. We are being encouraged to experience, share and talk about nature, and we’re lucky to be able to do so here in Devon. It is also important to be aware of the support available to us if we are struggling with our mental health.
At the end of March, the Devon Wellbeing Hub was launched to help colleagues in the NHS, healthcare, social care and the Police across Devon and Plymouth. The Hub is one of 40 NHS mental health and wellbeing hubs that are being set up across the country, funded by NHS England, in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on our workforce.
What is Devon Wellbeing Hub?
Our colleagues have been under tremendous pressure since the beginning of the pandemic and we know that this has taken a huge toll on their emotional and mental wellbeing. Whilst many organisations already offer great support to their colleagues, the Devon Wellbeing Hub is an additional free, independent and confidential offer for colleagues to access if they are struggling with any element of their wellbeing at all.
How does the Hub help?
The Hub is designed to be a single place where someone concerned about their wellbeing can come, unpick their needs and be supported to get to the right services quickly. Our team work with individuals to understand their wellbeing needs, and are then able to refer and signpost to a wide range of services available across Devon, including services provided by their own employer; NHS and other statutory services; local third sector and charity services; nationally available offers for keyworkers, and other support offers.
While this week focusses on mental health, the Hub can support people with a whole range of wellbeing needs, from feeling stressed or burnt-out at work, to struggling with issues at home, financially or in their personal lives.
As well as supporting colleagues individually, Devon Wellbeing Hub can also support teams who are collectively struggling with the experiences they have had throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Many teams have been working throughout the pandemic and may have experienced stressful and distressing events that are now impacting on their wellbeing. A lead Clinical Psychologist can work with teams to create a safe place to discuss their experiences and move forward together.
Accessing the service.
The Hub is now accepting referrals from anyone who works in the NHS, healthcare, social care and the Police across Devon and Plymouth. The service is completely free and confidential and you can refer yourself or your team by phone or email.
The Hub can be contacted between 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday on 0300 303 5455 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Messages left outside of operating hours will be responded to on the next working day.
You can find out more about Devon Wellbeing Hub on their website.
If you require any further information about the Hub, you can also contact Clinical and Operational Manager, Jonny Wilkins, on 07814 739412 or email@example.com.