Mental Wellbeing

What is it?

Positive mental wellbeing is about us being able to cope with the normal stresses of life; working productively and fruitfully; and being able to make a contribution to our patient care and our community. It’s about feeling good about ourselves and our work.

Our mental wellbeing is particularly important whilst we tackle Coronavirus.


Have a look at our support package which includes mindfulness sessions, with Prasadu, CHFTs Director of Psychology, guidance for emotional support and free psychological apps, to name a few which are available for all colleagues.

How will this look?

We’ve got people who are volunteering as ‘Wellbeing Champions / Ambassadors’ signposting colleagues to what we have on offer to keep them well and helping to develop our strategy so we’re continually looking out for each other.

We’ve also got a whole range of activities and events throughout the year to support positive mental wellbeing. In addition, we offer:

  • campaigns based on national ‘days’ about mental wellbeing
  • a Freedom To Speak Up Guardian for people who want to speak confidentially about things that they feel are unsafe or unjust at work
  • mental health clinics and mental health first aid programmes
  • the expertise of our clinical psychologist
  • Schwartz rounds – a safe, relaxed meeting where people share their stories of what it’s like to work at CHFT
  • specially trained dogs that come and visit us in our workplace and offer free pats and unconditional love!

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub

View the animation below for an overview of this service which is completely confidential for colleagues working in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate (WY&H) regions offering advice and support to help with a range of issues.

The service provides help for colleagues who are experiencing stress, burnout, morale injury, grief and loss.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub can provide 1-1 counselling, psychological therapies, self-help resources and information for team leads as an additional option for accessing mental health support. The service is confidential. Contact 0808 196 3833 – the phone line is available from 8am – 8pm every day or you can visit their website at

As an employee, you can get in touch directly by phoning the helpline or using the chat function.  The service is open from 8am to 8pm, every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays, or you can visit their website at

The ‘Help is at Hand’ booklet is a resource written by people bereaved, for people bereaved by suicide or other unexplained death, and for those helping them.  The booklet has been updated with new information included for children, military families, and the probate process.

View the booklet online here: Help is at hand – Support After Suicide

Hub of Hope – Kirklees, is an online platform where people can put in their postcode to find local / nearby support for their mental health concerns. Take a look to find out what services operate in your area Hub of Hope – Mental Health Support Network provided by Chasing the Stigma

Mental Health UK are hosting a series of ‘How to …’ webinars.  Register here for the How to… support colleagues through and after negative life events on Friday 18 June 2021, 10-11am or view their back catalogue of webinars.

Liberate has partnered with the NHS to offer colleagues a free subscription to support you in taking care of your mental health while doing incredible work during COVID-19, until 30 June 2021.

Liberate is the #1 meditation App for POC/BAME communities. Over 50,000 people use Liberate to reduce anxiety, stress less, and sleep better.

As a subscriber, you will get access to:

  • Mindfulness guided meditations by the most experienced Teachers that identify as POC/BAME
  • Guided meditations on topics such as Sleep, Mindfulness, Grief, and Anxiety
  • A supportive and empowering digital community of others that identify as POC/BAME


Use your NHS email address to sign up.

Inspirited Minds is a mental health charity launched in 2014 that aims to provide high-quality therapeutic support. A mix of therapists, BACP registered counsellors and BABCP registered CBT therapists. Their aim is to focus on providing faith sensitive therapy for Muslim clients and many of their therapists have undertaken additional training in spiritual and Islamic models of psychological therapy. The service is also open to people of other faiths.

Inspirited Minds recognises that NHS workers are on the frontline in these incredibly challenging and difficult times, and as such they are offering free counselling sessions from their qualified team of counsellors to help NHS staff better manage their mental health and wellbeing.

Complete the enquiry form with as much detail as possible and a member of the team will be in touch.

Andy’s Man Club was formed following the unexpected suicide of Andy Roberts, aged 23 years old.  Andy’s Mum, Elaine, and his brother in law, Luke Ambler, felt that Andy’s death could have been avoided if there had been support available.  As a result a group was set up where men could come along for a cuppa and a chat.  That first night in the small, northern town of Halifax 9 men turned up and spoke in July 2016.

Hear Andrew Greenway, Project Development Champion, Andy’s Man Club, talk about challenging the stigma associated with suicide and encouraging men to talk openly and freely in his podcast.


Who is this for?

It’s for everyone!

This month’s theme is Self Care September.   Self care isn’t selfish, it’s essential. No-one’s perfect. But so often we compare our insides to other people’s outsides. This month we’re encouraging everyone to

This September we’re encouraging you to use your 1 hour a week wellbeing time to be kinder to you (as well as others), especially when things go wrong.  Self care increases our resilience and helps us get more out of life.

Listen to Josie’s podcast for a guide to Self Care September.

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Liggy Webb has shared with us some free resources to print and use to promote wellbeing, positivity, resilience, kindness and many more.  Take a look and brighten up your work area:-

Free resources



When will this be available?


Some of these things are on offer now. Others are in development.

How do I find out more?

Take a look at the Colleague Engagement Calendar for activities and events that can help with mental wellbeing or find out more below.


Find out more