NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and our health and social care system has experienced unprecedented activity to help our patients and service users manage through Covid-19. We are immensely proud of our workforce and the way everyone has contributed to support our services. The mental health and wellbeing of all staff is very important to us and we appreciate that you may have lived experience over the past few months that could affect your personal health and wellbeing.
A range of approaches has been introduced to help staff cope with day to day pressures and prevent short-term feelings of distress from becoming something more serious, e.g. the local Staff Support Helpline (0141 303 8968) and Heads Up website (www.headsup.scot) and the National Wellbeing Hub (www.promis.scot). For most staff, short-term feelings of distress will pass. However, unfortunately, it is to be expected that some staff will go on to develop mental health difficulties.
It is with the intention of identifying these staff members who have developed mental health difficulties and linking them into supports that we have developed the Mental Health Check In.
The system involves inviting all our health and social care staff to complete the survey, available at https://webropol.com/s/mentalhealthcheckin
The ‘check in’ survey asks about mental health and psychological well-being. Completing it is entirely voluntary but if you feel that you might need support, now or in the future, we are urging you to take part. Any information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and will not be shared with your manager.
After you complete the mental health ‘check in’ you may be contacted by a Clinical Psychologist. This will depend on the answers you give to the ‘check in’ questions. Where prompted on the survey, please provide a telephone number which can be used to contact you safely and privately. When we call you the number will be displayed as a 0800 number or number withheld. The purpose of the follow-up call is to explore your answers in more detail. The psychologist will consider what help you might benefit from and discuss this with you. At this stage you might also be offered another, fuller mental health assessment.
The survey will be sent September 2020, January 2021, and July 2021, and might be repeated if this proves to be required. At each point the check in will be only open for four weeks. Please consider completing the survey at any or every point it is sent out, even if you feel that you are coping well with the Covid-19 situation.
Please go to FAQ Page for further information.
Remember, “It’s okay not to feel okay”, but many people find it helpful if someone reaches out and offers them support
If you wish to proceed to the survey please click here