Support Tools - Guidelines

These are, as we keep hearing, unprecedented times. We have not in recent history dealt with a healthcare crisis on such a global scale.

This course aims to collate a list of useful resources available to staff and their families to assist in maintaining their wellbeing throughout the pandemic.

This guidance provides a summary of how to use Psychological First Aid.

Learning how to recognise and reduce anxiety is an extremely helpful life skill. This document was published by The Wellness Society and supported by Jamma International. Part One provide an introduction to tools for dealing with anxiety. Part Two outlines a Stress Resilience Action Plan for preventing and reducing autostress.

Guidance for planners of the psychosocial response to stress experienced by hospital staff associated with COVID: Early Interventions

This guide, developed by Karen Gaunson and colleagues, provides a reference to understand the signs, symptoms and way forward to support peers and colleagues when faced with burnout, compassion fatigue and trauma. It offers insights into ways to approach and frame critical conversations.

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Mental practice (MP) is the cognitive rehearsal of a skill without physical movement (1), and has been used by high performers in many fields (2,3). Anyone who has watched the Olympics has seen the world’s top athletes with their eyes closed, mentally practicing their already perfected routine one more time. This fantastic post by Mike Lauria provides an outline of the history, neurological basis, and much of the evidence of MP in medicine.

Experts and campaigns worldwide offer mental health support for healthcare workers.

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A wide ranging summary of actions for healthcare organisations and HCPs, organised by phase of the response.

Teams of health-care workers in South Africa are in a phase of waiting. There is significant dread and uncertainty about the next phase of the pandemic.

This visual checklist for health workers will help reduce the risk of transmitting infectious organisms. It reminds you to clean yourself, your garments, equipment and personal belongings prior to leaving work.

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What levels of staff distress need what response? What can staff and their teams do for themselves and each other?

It’s really important for people who are self-isolating because of coronavirus to look after their mental health and wellbeing as well their physical health.

It is completely normal to feel stressed or overwhelmed during these uncertain times. Some normal emotions in response to the uncertainty may include anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, helplessness, discouragement, and feeling out of control.

Grounding exercises help to switch off the Fight-Flight-Freeze response and activate our body’s relaxation response called the Rest and Digest response. They reduce mental and physical anxiety.

A series of messages that can be used in communications to support mental and psychosocial well-being in different target groups during the outbreak.