Last updated: 28th September 2021
The changes in rules and restrictions in light of the Covid-19 pandemic might be confusing, scary, and stressful.
There are no 'normal' responses to restriction changes, and there is support available to help you through this uncertain time, however you may be feeling.
Keeping yourself well and safe as possible is most important.
- Free, fast, confidential support is available to you through one of the 6 South East London IAPT services.
- Covid-19 self-help and mental wellbeing support videos for people struggling personally with Covid-19 recovery, or experiencing changes in mood as a result of changing circumstances.
- Mind provide lots of information for coping with the different feelings that restriction changes can cause.
- Overcoming has a book series that can help with many of the feelings caused by Covid-19. The books use methods based on clinical practice and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Staff Support Line: operated by the Samaritans free access from 7:00am – 11:00pm, Call: 0800 069 6222 or Text: FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7 via text
You may have been working from home for quite some time, or perhaps it is new to you. Either way, this change can be difficult to adapt to whilst also managing your mental wellbeing. Explore the resources below about working from home:
- Research about working from home and your mental wellbeing. The findings suggest people feel less connected with their colleagues, exercising less, and sleep issues. Explore our Connecting with Others page, Exercising and Staying Active page, and Sleep page for dedicated support on these topics.
- Cityparents has webinars, podcasts and expert advice about changes to working patterns. To access these materials and the site you need to register with them first using your work email address.
- 7 simple tips for working from home
- Tips for you and your team
- Information about working from home for employers
- Toolkit with resources for supporting yourself and your colleagues during the pandemic
- Desk yoga
- University of Dundee gives practical advice about online meetings
- Microsoft Teams training for healthcare staff. Register to access this and other e-learning courses.
- Flexible working, returning to the workplace, and overcoming barriers to changes in working pattern
- Watch these webinars about working from home:
As of the 19th July, the national restrictions eased. However, covid restrictions remain in place across all healthcare settings in England. This means staff, patients and visitors are all expected to follow guidance on social distancing, mask wearing, testing, and vaccinations while they are in hospitals or community settings. This includes those working in care homes. Source: SLaM.
Find out about the Government guidance on who should get the Covid-19 booster vaccination and more information about the booster here.
Inpatients and frontline staff* (clinical and non-clinical staff who have contact with patients) working in SLaM will be able to get the Covid-19 booster jab from one of SLaM's Trust sites from Tuesday 12 October. If you have contact with patients, it is vital that you get a Covid booster jab and a flu jab.
Certain organisations, such as Transport for London, are still enforcing the wearing of face coverings rule. For detailed advice about face coverings, including when and how to wear one, visit this gov.uk website.
Read the government guidelines on self-isolation and continuing work as a healthcare professional, updated on 12th August 2021.
You can chat to a member of the team about changes in restrictions using the button below, or call us on 0203 228 3563.
How are the restriction changes making you feel?
If you are feeling anxious, afraid and scared about the latest changes in restrictions, that is okay. Support is available through the below links:
- For ways to manage anxiety, see our dedicated page to anxiety
- Learn how to manage anxiety and fear during Covid-19 and lockdown changes here.
- Better Health has some tips for coping with anxiety whilst coming out of lockdown
- Information about face coverings and anxiety
- How to deal with the uncertainty of lockdown and beyond
- Reconnecting with nature can improve mental wellbeing - have a listen to this podcast where the Project Manager of the Eden Project explains
If someone you know has died during the pandemic, the easing of lockdown can be a tough reminder of your loss. You may be feeling low as others are seemingly enjoying more freedom. Below are support services and coping strategies to help you through this time.
- For ways to manage feeling sad, see our dedicated pages for low mood and bereavement.
- Learn about ways to manage your low mood during the pandemic and lockdown changes here.
Hope Again provide information and support for young people and families after a bereavement. Call: 0808 808 1677 (helpline). Website: hopeagain.org.uk
BAMEStream Bereavement Support offers 3 free bereavement sessions for anyone over 18 years old and who identifies as Black, Asian or any other Minority Ethnicity who has been affected by the death of a loved one due to Covid-19. Support is available in multiple languages and you can self-refer. Call: 0207 263 6947. Wesbite: bamestream.org.uk/bereavement-support