In health and social care sectors, we are proud of the huge diversity of our colleagues. 

This page is dedicated to supporting staff in addition to free psychological services, resources for workplace support and self-help.

Health Education England have produced a multi-faith calendar, which highlights important dates for religious festivals and events throughout the year.

Download here

Mental Health First Aid 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. 

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

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.  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.

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.

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

Current evidence for Covid-19 shows that those from a Black and Asian minority ethnic background have been disproportionately impacted, with age and specific underlying conditions also associated with more severe illness. 

This is deeply worrying and highlights the importance of ensuring that urgent action is taken to protect members of the BAME community. NHS Providers has published a report here to improve understanding of the factors.

Protection of staff
  • Risk Assessment: As we continue to learn more about the impact of Covid-19 on our BAME colleagues, our immediate focus is ensuring staff safety. NHS Employers published guidance for NHS organisations to take appropriate measures to mitigate the risk of Covid-19, including taking ethnicity and age into account alongside other factors.
  • Staff networks: Engagement with staff and staff networks is being strengthened and prioritised to enable NHS decision makers to hear and learn from Our NHS people’s lived experience. Meaningful dialogue and active listening will result in real change across the NHS. 
WRES and Covid-19

WRES briefing for board and COVID-19 emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) membership in the NHS - This includes examples from NHS organisations, highlighting practical ways in which diversity can be achieved.

Supporting loved ones overseas


There are many colleagues working in the NHS, health and social care sector who come from or have loved ones overseas. We recognise the truly awful scale of this disease and the suffering it brings, including for families here worrying about their loved ones, especially when they cannot travel. We can offer some advice on how you can be supported, click here.

Leaflets and translated resources

The South Asian Health Foundation has created a range of translated guidance resources to support these communities. Translated information about transmission and mortality and prevention and protection can be found in: HindiPunjabiUrduBengali and Gujarati

Trigger warning: racial discrimination, violence, death. Reading about racism can evoke negative, uncomfortable feelings and trauma. If you've been affected by the contents of this page, remember you can always have a chat with our Keeping Well practitioners or visit our Keeping Well page

We stand in support of our colleagues of the global majority who have been racially discriminated against. Health and social care sectors are a diverse community with over 50% of staff coming from backgrounds of the global majority. We are committed to anti-racism and supporting you, no matter your background.

Mind

Mind has useful information about terms and concepts surrounding racism, such as racial gaslighting. 

Their website page also has ways in which racism can affect your mental health, including ways racism might make you feel. There are ways to help you cope though, which could be in the form of therapy, peer support and/or self-help. 

Mental Health First Aid training

NHS England and MHFA England are offering 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. 

London Friend

Provides counselling and support service for LGBT+ communities. Runs a range of support groups and social activities for example for lesbians/bisexual women, for Black, Asian and BAME women, a non-scene men’s group. Visit their website.

North West London Lesbian and Gay Group

A social activity group established in 1971 who welcome all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Find out more

ELOP LGBT Mental Health and Wellbeing

ELOP is an LGBT Health and Wellbeing Charity serving London and Essex. ELOP has been providing counselling for the LGBT community for 25 years. They offer one-to-one sessions, a weekly wellbeing workshop and a peer support group. To find out more information, or to self-refer, contact mentalhealth@elop.org

Blue Harrow

An LGBT group for young people in Harrow aged 14–18 meets weekly to build friendships, discuss their sexuality and much more. Blue also provides one-to-one support for young people who are not ready to attend the group meetings.

Mosaic Youth Service

LGBT youth service operating in the London boroughs of Brent, Westminster and Ealing. For young people aged 13–19.

Some staff identify themselves as LGBTIQ+, which means we may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer or questioning - or we may define our gender and sexuality in other ways.

Those staff members who identify as LGBTIQ+ are more likely to experience a mental health problem than the wider population. This is because LGBTIQ+ people experience bullying, rejection, stigma and discrimination, which too often leads to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and isolation.

It's important to note being LGBTIQ+ does not cause these problems. The reasons why colleagues with LGBTIQ+ identities are more likely to get them are very complicated. But it is most likely to do with facing things like:

  • homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
  • stigma and discrimination
  • difficult experiences of coming out
  • social isolation, exclusion and rejection.
Mind

Mind have a website page on LGBTIQ+ mental health support covers lots of options. This includes tips on self-care, seeking help and specialist LGBTIQ+ services.

Lesbian Visibility Week aims to show solidarity with all LGBTQI woman and non binary people in the community, as well as celebrate lesbians - is the only national campaign and event targeted at LBTQ women.LVW2022.jpg

Throughout the week there are a range of events being held, all free and live streamed through Facebook and Youtube. 

Click here to view all events.

While caring for our nearest and dearest can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling, it can also be exhausting, overwhelming and frustrating and leave us running on empty.

This is especially the case if you already have a demanding caring job, such as working in the health or care sector, outside of your caring responsibilities. It's easy to start to neglect our own needs when the needs of those we love and care about demand so much time and energy.

But your needs are important too and if you neglect taking care of yourself it's likely that your wellbeing will be compromised and you could find that you eventually have nothing left to give.

If you're finding that being a carer is impacting on your mood or general wellbeing there's support out there for you, including the resources on this site. Talk to one of our wellbeing practitioners via live chat for more. 

People caring for loved ones are known to benefit from talking to others who are also caring for family and friends as they can learn and be supported by people who may have been through similar experiences. The organisations we have listed below may be able to help you to find a support group.

Where to find support
  • Carers UK is the UK's only membership charity for carers. It aims to improve life for carers and campaigns on their behalf to champion their rights and give them a voice. Read Keeping calm and well: tips for you and those you care for
  • Carers Trust campaigns for change for unpaid carers. They help to improve the support, services and recognition for those who provide caring support for their friends and families by targetting policy-makers to put the needs of carers on their agenda.
  • YoungMinds suggests some helpful advice for young carers.
  • Mind.org.uk - For advice and support for your own mental health, practical help for carers, local and peer support for carers and support for young carers
  • NHS England - Commitment to carers - Carers toolkit
Carers Network

Their vision is that every unpaid carer is recognised and able to lead a healthy, fulfilling life. Visit their website to find out more

There are a large number of people with disabilities working within health and social care in North West London. There may be times when your disability makes things difficult at work, or conversely work makes your disability difficult to manage. You should be supported to be able to do your job to the standard that you wish, inspite of your disability.

To adjust how you view this website, click on the blue 'Show accessibility tools' tab at the bottom of your screen. You can change the language, font size, and colours using this function. If you find it easier to speak on the phone, call us on 0300 123 1705. 

Support resources

If you have a hidden disability and are looking for ways to look after your mental wellbeing, then there are lots of self-help resources available. Some disabilities don't have any visible signs so we cannot always tell if someone has one.

People with a hidden, invisible, or non-visible disability might have an acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, partial sight or hearing loss to name a few examples. 

Having a hidden, invisible or paritally visible disability can result in more discrimination, having to disclose your disability to more people, receive less support than others whilst others expectations of you are higher.

Benenden Health

Their website has information about invisible disabilities in the workplace, what invisible disabilities are and how to support employees with hidden disabilities in the workplace

Source: www.invisibledisabilities.org/

There are a range of easy read materials (posters and leaflets) you can download to help support you. 

Easy Health

They have over 390 resources about 120 health conditions free to download on topics including anxiety, depression, healthy eating, mental health etc.

LD coronavirus resources

Materials to download around Covid-19 on self-isolating, vaccinations, washing hands, wellbeing and working from home.

Staff networks offer a place for staff to come together, share experiences and facilitate learning and development. Networks assist in the shaping and delivery of organisational strategy and policy, working with us to improve staff experience on specific issues relating to each network.


NHS Staff Networks