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Your mental health

We aim to create a culture of positive mental wellbeing though awareness raising, support, training and risk assessment.

It is okay to not be okay. There is support for you, if you need it.

You'll have your own ways of coping with difficult things that happen at work, or away from work. Do what works for you. There's no 'right' way to cope with difficult situations, we're all different.

Information and self-care tips

Trustworthy information written specifically for our employees is available from Joined Up Care Derbyshire. This is particularly useful for those working in health and social care. The advice includes quick tips to support you to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic and is tailored to your needs.

We’re currently offering all employees access to the 'Thrive: mental wellbeing' app for the prevention, screening and management of anxiety, depression and stress. Using the NHS approved app can help you build resilience against stress, anxiety and depression at a time and place that suits you. 

There's also a wide range of information and advice on our mental health and wellbeing pages and specific advice on emotional health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Someone to talk to

Our mental health first aiders are a team of trained colleagues who can provide reassurance and help to guide you to the support you need. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic we've set up a new email address and phone number for you to use to contact a mental health first aider - email: or tel: 01629 536969.

You can also contact:

The five ways to wellbeing

The five ways to wellbeing are simple, everyday things that we can all do to boost our mood. Evidence shows that they can help improve mental health and wellbeing. The 5 ways are: connect, be active, give, take notice and keep learning.


We recommend that everyone completes a minimum level of wellbeing training. A number of e-learning courses are available on the Derbyshire Learning Pool including mental health awareness and stress awareness. Look for the health, safety and wellbeing section under core skills and knowledge. If you're having difficulties logging in or accessing information online, please email:

We encourage employees to develop a Wellness Action Plan (WAP), attached to this page, which can help you to actively support your own mental health by reflecting on the causes of stress and poor mental health, and by taking ownership of practical steps to help address these triggers.

Information for managers

As a manager, it's important that you open up dialogue with your team members to understand their needs and experiences and ultimately better support their mental health.

An e-learning course is available on the learning pool for managers to raise awareness of mental health issues and provide advice on supporting your team.

You should also make yourself familiar with the management of stress policy and guidance.