"Knowing how to respond to patients in distress is really hard". To help you combat this difficult task here is a link to a 6 minute video where Dr Eva Doherty, Director of Human Factors in Patient Safety, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, gives advice on how to help and care for a patient in distress during COVID-19. https://www.youtube.com/watchv=Or5KbnboF2o&list=PLxg8QR5B9BvV4EvBcgE6DgkSlYKfeqzn5
The Psychological Society of Ireland routinely update this webpage with useful resources. The resources cater to Healthcare professionals and the General Public. They include useful resources about wellbeing and mental health, along with ways to talk about COVID-19 with your children or people with intellectual disabilities. The link here will bring you to the page: https://www.psychologicalsociety.ie/footer/COVID19-Resources
Physical exercise is crucial for promoting both good physical and mental health. Here is a 5 minute exercise video by The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, to help you incorporate exercise during your busy days or at your desk. Don’t let the title of “Kids Workout” fool you – we have tried and tested this video and it is a good exercise for all ages. Don’t feel any pressure to keep up – do stay at your own pace and try have fun with it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w
This app allows you to enter daily diary entries that will allow you to reflect on good time and show that sometimes it’s the smallest things that can have the biggest impact on your day. The app was developed based on evidence found by Harvard Medical School, which showed a link between expressing gratitude and improved health and emotions. Get it in the App Store here https://apps.apple.com/us/app/grateful-a-gratitude-journal/id1197512462 (not available of Google Play)
Mindshift (by Anxiety Canada)
A user-friendly self-help tool based on proven scientific strategies, MindShift CBT teaches about anxiety, helping users to engage in healthy thinking and to take action. Users check in each day to track their anxiety and work with tools in the app. Get it in the App Store here https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/mindshift/id634684825 or on Google Play here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com .getsomeheadspace.android&hl=en_IE
The following resources have been distilled for your information by the Psychological Support Team whom were redeployed to provide psychological support to Public Health Staff in the East of Ireland during COVID-19; through October 2020 to present. The team consisted of Mary Morrissey (Psychology Lead at Health Intelligence Unit, Research and Evidence and Principal Clinical Psychologist at Connolly Hospital, Regina Barry (Administration redeployed from the National Office for Suicide Prevention).
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