If you need help for a mental health crisis or an emergency, for yourself or someone else, you should get immediate expert advice and assessment using our ‘I am in crisis and I need urgent help’ section below
However, you may feel you are not in crisis but that you need someone to talk to. On this page you will find guidance on having informal, day-to-day health and wellbeing conversations with colleagues and friends. There are also a range of contacts and services for people that are not in immediate crisis but need someone to talk to on a confidential basis, any time of the day or night.
Follow the links below to find the support and guidance that is right for you.
It’s good to talk, but it’s sometimes not as easy as it sounds. We’re encouraged to have everyday conversations about how we’re feeling, our mental health and general wellbeing. But the reality for many of us is that this can feel quite daunting.
It’s not unusual to feel unprepared, unconfident or to worry about saying the wrong thing or making a situation worse.
A small conversation about our mental health can make a big difference and there are lots of useful resources available to support you.
Having wellbeing conversations
Wellbeing conversations can be useful at work and at home. They provide the opportunity to discuss our wellbeing in a holistic way, in a safe, inclusive and compassionate space.
They form a key part of the NHS People Plan and also our wider support for teams across Bradford District and Craven, no matter where you work in health and social care.
Here are some useful resources to support you in having wellbeing conversations:
Wellbeing plans are a practical way of helping you to support your own mental health at work, or that of your team if you are a line manager. They provide the opportunity for you to think about and capture what things could support your wellbeing at work.
Here are some useful resources for creating a wellbeing plan:
To support staff with the challenge of Covid-19, the Trust has set up a BDCFT helpline for our staff, alongside primary care and care home staff. Psychological confidential helpline for staff – sponsored by BDCFT (Freephone 01274 251909 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) – supported by highly qualified and experienced psychological therapists.
West Yorkshire Health & Care Partnership
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is for everyone who works in health and social care, not only people who work in the NHS, and not only people who deliver face-to-face care. They help people who are working or volunteering in a wide variety of different roles.
The Critical Incident Staff Support Pathway (CrISSP) is a voluntary, free and confidential service for all staff and volunteers across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. It is coordinated and overseen by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub.
Psychological support via Bradford District Care Trust (BDCT)
Staff can self-refer for a range of online talking therapy courses through BDCT’s MyWellbeing College, which covers issues such as worry around coronavirus, stress, anxiety and low mood. Courses are delivered via live interactive webinars, or guided self-help with 1-2-1 support, and can be accessed from your own home.