Love & Loss: For health and care workers
I'm pleased to be able to offer Love & Loss bereavement support to all health or care staff in the North East and North Cumbria. Working alongside the Staff Wellbeing Hub, I host a weekly online group every Tuesday evening from 7.30-9.00pm.
If you’ve lost someone important to you, whether personally or in your work in the NHS, social care, or in a care home, you might be struggling with the experience of being bereaved. If so, I’d like to invite you to Love & Loss - a safe place to talk about how you are feeling and how you are doing with your loss. It’s a place where ‘its ok to not be ok’.
FOLLOW THIS LINK TO JOIN THE WEEKLY MEETING: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/301538358347
It’s good to talk; I look forward to meeting you.
Please note, this group is for health and social care staff in the North East and North Cumbria ICS region only.
Get in touch with Piers if you'd like to know more.
1. Breathe deeply. Try counting to four slowly as you breathe in, and then holding for a count of two, and then out for a count of four. Pause for a count of two before breathing in again. Do this for a few minutes, trying to concentrate mainly on how your breathing feels, rather than on anything else. If this seems hard to do, don't worry.
2. Get some fresh air. If you are able, go for a walk, perhaps to the park if you have one nearby or into the countryside. Any form of exercise is helpful.
3. Talk to someone. You may well be feeling lonely - and while it is necessary to begin to face this, it is also good to reach out to someone for a chat. You don't have to talk about how you are feeling necessarily; just communicating with someone else can help.
4. Be kind to yourself. Try not to be cross with yourself when you are emotional; allow yourself some rest when you are tired; set targets that are manageable; treat yourself.
5. Keep notes. Write down how you are feeling in, and look at it tomorrow. Make a note of whether anything from this list has helped you feel better.
THINGS TO DO RIGHT NOW
THAT CAN HELP
Being bereaved is a strange and sometimes frightening world to live in, and often people feel lost and do not know what to do. If you are struggling right now, here are five things that might help:
COUNSELLING & OTHER SUPPORT
Love and Loss does not offer one to one counselling. The easiest way to find this type of support is to visit the staff wellbeing hub.
You can also contact the Hub team directly:
Call the confidential helpline: 0191 223 2030
Here you will find a searchable map of services around the country, as well as many helplines for different needs.
IF YOU NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE RIGHT NOW:
24 HOUR SUPPORT LINES
Samaritans - 116 123 (UK) For anyone at anytime for any reason
Cruse - 0808 808 1677 - Grief support
Childline - 0800 1111 - Support for 18yrs & under and their relatives