When times are uncertain, it’s understandable to experience a rollercoaster of emotions.

As we pass the milestone of one year since the first lockdown, Thrive LDN and partners are launching another series of NHS Coping Well During Covid webinars designed to support you deal with the impact of the pandemic.

Live webinars take place on Tuesdays at 12.30pm and Wednesdays at 4pm. So, you can pick either a lunchtime or afternoon session each week.

The free, hour-long sessions are led and delivered by Emily Gardner, High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, East London NHS Foundation Trust. Topics include managing wellbeing, low mood and burnout, and sleeping difficulties, as well as working from home and mindfulness.

The wellbeing webinars start from the principle that it’s normal and okay to feel upset, anxious or confused at times. However, there are things we can all do to support our mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time. Whether you are joining the webinars for the first time or took part in the webinars when they were first launched and are looking for a refresher, they will offer you the chance to explore ideas and strategies to support your mental health and wellbeing, in a safe and welcoming environment, led by a clinician.

Explore the full schedule below and register via the buttons below or direct through Eventbrite.

#1 Managing wellbeing

This webinar looks at improving wellbeing; highlighting a fear cycle and a low mood cycle. Concluding with ideas and tools to break these cycles and improve mood.

The following webinar was broadcast live on Tuesday 30th March 2021

Download the slides for this webinar (PDF)

#2 Working from home and staying well

This webinar considers the challenges created by home working, helping you to find a better home working life balance, enabling you to find it easier to separate working from home life. We explore some strategies to help you switch off from work and enjoy your time outside of work more.

The following webinar was broadcast live on Tuesday 6th April 2021

Download the slides for this webinar (PDF)

#3 Managing Worry and Fear

This webinar will focus on managing worry and anxiety caused by COVID-19. We will take a look at helpful long term strategies for managing fear and reducing worry.​

 

Wednesday 14th April, 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Join live via Microsoft Teams (no Teams account required)

#4 Managing Low Mood and Burnout

This webinar will look in more detail at the implications of lockdown on our activity levels and how this impacts how we feel. Alongside a more detailed look at how we build a balanced routine and fight low motivation.

Tuesday 20th April, 12.30pm – 1.30pm



Wednesday 21st April, 4.00pm – 5.00pm



#5 Sleeping Better

Insomnia is thought to affect around one third of the population. This webinar will look at why we sleep and some of the common sleep difficulties. Followed by strategies and tips to overcome these sleeping problems.

Tuesday 27th April, 12.30pm – 1.30pm



Wednesday 28th April, 4.00pm – 5.00pm



#6 Mindfulness

This webinar will provide a brief introduction to mindfulness and its benefits. You will go away with three mindfulness based exercises that you can start to practice and some mindfulness based activities to start you off on your mindfulness journey.

Tuesday 4th May, 12.30pm – 1.30pm




Wednesday 5th May, 4.00pm – 5.00pm



Previous webinars
The first series of webinars was launched in the summer of 2020

To watch the full series of previously-run Coping Well During Covid webinars, visit our 2020 page.

Webinar topics include managing wellbeing, anxiety, low mood and sleeping difficulties, as well as specific sessions on financial anxiety, working from home, wellbeing for ethnic minority communities, and mindfulness.

About the NHS Wellbeing Webinars

Both the 2020 Coping Well During Covid and Keeping Well for Health and Care Workers webinars are developed and delivered by Healthy London Partnership’s digital Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme team.

The web pages for both webinar series have received more than 19,000 unique visits and, as of February 2021, resulted in more than 4,000 views across the 26 webinars.

Other resources
There are a number of other resources and services available to support your mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time.

Digital resources available now

Good Thinking is a digital mental wellbeing service that has over 100 free, NHS-approved resources designed to help those dealing with anxiety, low mood, poor sleep or stress. Take the clinically validated self-assessment to get a better understand of what you’re going through, helpful resources and if necessary, relevant treatment options.

To help build resilience and maintain good mental wellbeing, Every Mind Matters has a range of resources for everyone at Including an interactive quiz, the Your Mind Plan, to get top tips and advice relevant for you.

NHS psychological treatments

If you do not require urgent support but are still concerned about your mental health, contacting your GP is a good place to start.

You can also refer yourself for free, non-urgent NHS talking therapy services, also known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services, which provide evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety. In London, services are ready and open to receive self-referrals for those needing professional support.

Helplines

Or you may feel more comfortable talking to someone you don’t know by using one of the following helplines:

  • If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs urgent assistance, advice or support, contact your local 24/7 NHS mental health helpline.
  • Shout is the UK ‘s first 24/7 text messaging service for anyone in crisis. Text Shout at any time to 85258 to start a conversation.
  • Samaritans’ free, 24-hour listening service on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.