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Mental Health and Wellbeing

The mental health and wellbeing of our staff is important to us. Growing research demonstrates the importance of mental health and wellbeing in relation to satisfaction and effectiveness at work.

Stress, depression and anxiety are reported as the most common reasons for staff absence. Poor mental health is associated with an increased risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, while good mental health is a known protective factor. Poor physical health also increases the risk of people developing mental health problems. 

NHSGGC have in place a range of support for staff and managers in order to prevent and assist with mental health issues in the workplace. 

Links to key content:

Stress and wellbeing at work -  Working together to tackle stress

Stress and wellbeing at work - Resources

Stress in workplace -  NHSGGC policy and guidance

Counselling services are available to all NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde staff.

Mindfulness Taster Sessions

NHSGGC Mental Health Services

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Read your way to better mental health and wellbeing:

NHSGGC Library Network stocks a wide range of books (pdf) on reducing stress and improving your mental health.  In addition, the Library Network organises a range of opportunities to promote or undertake reading, writing and creating activities, which can contribute to greater wellbeing.  These services are open to all NHSGGC staff members.  For more information, contact your local library site or email [email protected].  

Further resources:

There is a wide range of online information and resources to help you look after your mental health, reduce stress and improve your wellbeing. 

NHS Inform provides comprehensive information on Mental wellbeing, including anger management, stress and a handy Five steps guide to mental wellbeing

The Scottish Government have produced Steps for Stress, providing simple guidelines to stressing less and enjoying life more. 

Breathing Space is a national resource for mental health, delivered by NHS24, providing a free, confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. You find out more on the website or call 0800 83 85 87.

Mindfulness can help you positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. NHS Choices provides an overview to help you develop mindfulness in your your life.

If you are experiencing sleep problems there is guidance available from the Mental Health Foundation with How to Sleep Better or from the NHS Sleep Hygiene Guide.

The Relationships Scotland website provides a wide range of support and information if you are experiencing relationship or family difficulties. 

Support and advice if you are a caring for someone when not at work.

If you need general advice on money worries visit Citizen’s Advice Scotland. You can also access the services of the NHS Credit Union.

Support in dealing with loss and bereavement is available from Cruse Bereavement Scotland.

Read and share stories of positive news on mental wellbeing and learn how others have used some of the tools and resources for recovery on the Mindwaves website.