Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training

NHS England are working with MHFA England to offer a cohort of training sessions aimed at NHS staff from diverse backgrounds, focusing on our BAME, LGBT+ and disabled colleagues. The programme comprises of four half-day learning sessions, facilitated virtually and you will need to attend all four half-day sessions to gain your certificate. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond.

MHFA Training for BAME colleagues has been filled - check this link for more dates available.

Islamic mental health and wellbeing service
Access free faith-based mental health counselling support for Muslims working in the NHS.
Inspirited Minds and the Lateef Project have partnered with the NHS Muslim Network and NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Health and Wellbeing Team to provide a confidential and Islamic-based counselling service for our NHS people, delivered by qualified counselling therapists.

Looking After You Too: coaching support for BAME staff working in the NHS
This is a one to one wellbeing coaching support offer for BAME colleagues in the NHS workforce. Talking to a trained coach can help you process the experiences you are facing, develop coping skills and importantly, develop practical strategies to manage the situation and maintain your health and wellbeing, so you can carry on with your work and your life.

All coaching sessions are free and confidential – details will never be shared with employers. All coaching sessions are available via phone or video call, seven days a week at a day and time that suits you. Find out more and book here

Further bespoke health and wellbeing offers for our diverse colleagues can be accessed here.

Bereavement and trauma support line for our Filipino colleagues
There is a team of fully qualified and trained professionals, all of whom are Tagalog speakers, ready to help you at our NHS Bereavement & Trauma Line for Filipino Staff. This assistance is available from anywhere in the country and is provided by Hospice UK.

Tagalog speaking specialist counsellors and support workers are available if colleagues:
have experienced a bereavement
wellbeing has been affected by witnessing traumatic deaths as part of your work
need to discuss any other anxiety or emotional issues you may be experiencing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

To book a consultation, call: 0300 303 1115. All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence and this will be explained to you when you call. This service is available seven days a week, between 8am and 8pm. You do not need a referral.

The Black Frontline Project
'The Black Frontline', is an oral history project on global Black healthcare workers – specifically nurses and doctors.

It is led by The Armah Institute of Emotional Justice, and co-directed by COVID Black. It frames the pandemic through the lens, experiences and stories of Black doctors and nurses in three countries on three continents, the UK, Ghana, and the USA.

This is the first stage of a multi-year project where stories are being connected to make structural change within the healthcare sector. They are reaching out to Black doctors and nurses to share their stories, and participate in this project.

More details about the project can be found here. You can also read the FAQ guide here.
To participate, and share your story please contact Abigail Bernard at: abigailbernard20gmail.com.

Support for Nurses recruited from Jamaica
In 1978, a small group of nurses founded The Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) to provide support, advice and guidance to new nurses coming to the UK from Jamaica.

Over the past 18 months, many nurses recruited from Jamaica to work in the NHS have had a stressful and challenging experience. NAJ provides emotional, social and professional support to these staff through webinars, telephone and face to face contact.

Contact info@naj.org.uk for more information.
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