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Advice and support for professionals and volunteers


The guidance in this section is tailored to support you. You may also find it useful to view our Wellbeing support for all Gloucestershire citizens page, and our advice and support for front-line health and social care workers page.

We have worked with Dr Richard Castle, a Chartered and HCPC registered Psychologist from Plan4Sport, to produce two training videos. Dr Castle has considerable practical experience in the management of the aftermath of collective trauma events, most recently following the Grenfell Tower Fire (2017). He is a licensed Mental Health First Aid England Instructor and is experienced in delivering both Psychological First Aid and volunteer emotional support sessions.

Mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak: supporting you to help others

  • This video gives an overview of what mental wellbeing is and how it is likely to be affected during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • It explains the signs and symptoms of mental distress, what we can all do to look out for each other and how to look after our own mental wellbeing
  • This video can be used by anyone

Remote Psychological First Aid: supporting people during and in the aftermath of COVID-19

  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) was developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to identify and support people in distress following a crisis or traumatic event
  • The role of Psychological First Aid in the COVID-19 crisis is to provide supportive, practical assistance to those people who have been exposed to serious stressors
  • This guide can be used by anyone, but is particularly relevant to NHS and social welfare staff, first responders and co-ordinators of community-led initiatives
Page updated: 18/09/2020 Page updated by: Communications

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