Health and care professionals

If you’re a care worker, doctor, nurse, paramedic or other health and care professional, your work might be emotionally challenging at times. This can impact your mental health, resulting in conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. A study in early 2020 found that a third of doctors are suffering from burnout, for example.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put even more pressure on you so it’s really important that you look after yourself and your mental wellbeing. In April 2020, the International Council of Nurses noted that nurses were experiencing “unprecedented levels of stress” and a survey in July 2020 revealed that four in 10 social care workers have struggled with their mental health during the pandemic.

There are lots of NHS-approved wellbeing apps available on Good Thinking (many of which are free if you live or work in London) and workbooks written by the Centre for Clinical Interventions. The Good Thinking team has also produced specific advice for health and care professionals related to mental health and COVID-19.

Useful apps

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Be Mindful (free)

A clinically proven online mindfulness course approved by the NHS, Be Mindful helps you to manage stress, anxiety and depression through mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

Meditainment

Meditainment uses established guided meditation and visualisation techniques, leading you on imaginative journeys to dreamlike destinations to explore and reflect on a range of wellbeing topics.

MyCognitionPRO (free)

By using this NHS-approved programme for 15 minutes a day, you can optimise your cognitive health, mental wellbeing and resilience to stress.

My Possible Self (free)

This clinically proven app can help you to understand and identify the causes of stress, anxiety and low mood so you can learn coping mechanisms and manage future situations better.

tomo (free)

tomo is expertly designed to support you with many of life's obstacles, including social anxiety and poor sleep. The app combines digital peer support with the best of social media and proven therapeutic techniques.

Quizzes and self-assessment

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Take our quizzes on anxiety, sleep, stress and low mood to get recommendations for NHS-approved apps.

You can also use our free clinically-validated self-assessment tool to assess your mental health anonymously – it only takes 20 minutes to complete and will provide you with a guiding diagnosis, helpful resources and, if necessary, relevant treatment options.

We offer an overall self-assessment tool where you can check your anxiety, sleep, stress and low mood.

Workbooks

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We’ve gathered a range of evidence-based information sheets and workbooks on mental wellbeing by the renowned Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI). You can view, download and share this content and go through it in your own time.

Sleep

These four information sheets contain facts about sleep and insomnia as well as advice about sleep hygiene.

Anxiety

This workbook has 10 modules and covers everything from negative beliefs through to problem solving, helpful thinking and self-management.

Health anxiety

With nine modules, this workbook helps those who worry excessively about their health and provides advice on healthy living and self-management.

Depression

As well as an introduction to depression, this workbook features nine modules by Back from the Bluez, which include behavioural strategies and core beliefs.

Self-compassion

With seven modules, this workbook explains how to introduce self-compassionate thinking and behaviours into your life.

Mindfulness

These three information sheets cover the benefits of mindfulness and provide guidance on how to become mindful.

Panic

Featuring 12 modules, this workbook covers everything from unhelpful thinking styles through to breathing and self-management.

Find out more in our Workbooks section.

Advice about mental health and COVID-19

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To help health and care professionals manage their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Good Thinking team has developed a range of ‘how to’ guides and advice as well as podcasts and blogs. We recommend the following content:

Advice for healthcare professionals

Advice for people working in residential social care and home care

Benefits of healthy sleep patterns (podcast)

Dealing with stress and trauma (podcast)

Looking after yourself and supporting your colleagues

Visit our COVID-19 advice hub for more articles and podcasts.