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A Field Guide to Self-Care

We are stronger together: Heroes helping heroes

At Help for Heroes, we understand the battle our NHS staff and other healthcare workers are up against in the fight against coronavirus.

We have supported more than 25,000 ex-service personnel and families, many of whom have faced similar situations to those our NHS staff are facing around the country right now: challenging environments; working outside of normal areas of work; working with protective equipment and putting themselves at risk. Many have also been taken away from family, friends and colleagues for extended and uncertain periods of time.

 

Supporting the NHS

To play our part and support them, we have been asked to contribute our expertise to a package of support being created for Nightingale and NHS staff. In addition, we are making these resources available on our website to support health workers around the UK in preparing for and dealing with traumatic experiences.

These resources were designed for and co-produced with wounded veterans, but the situations our NHS staff are dealing with draw many parallels to those our veterans will have faced on the battlefield and beyond. The challenges faced by those leaving the military due to illness or injury are often complex, and we believe that those who have already embarked on a recovery journey often have the best insight into what will help others.

Our Field Guide to Self-Care: Body, Emotion and Mind in Action is for the men and women working tirelessly providing healthcare around the UK right now. We hope that it’s a useful resource for our NHS heroes, and for anyone else who may be feeling stressed or anxious during these difficult times.

Battling Coronavirus

James Calder, Clinical Lead at Nightingale Hospital, says: “The NHS faces significant challenges as it battles against the COVID-19 pandemic. The stress for our nurses and doctors treating incredibly sick patients may be compounded by a feeling of vulnerability by those working in roles that are out of their previous area of expertise.

The NHS recently released guidelines to optimise support including lessons learned from military conflicts and preventative measures, which charities such as Help for Heroes have helped to inspire. This is a great example of the transfer of skills from one profession to another!”

 

Together, we will face the days, weeks and months ahead.

Together, we are stronger.

BODY, EMOTION AND MIND IN ACTION

Our Field Guide to Self-Care is a resource of tips and tools our recovery teams deliver to veterans who have experienced traumatic events or have been affected by working in high-intensity situations. The guide is broken down into three parts; Body, Emotion and Mind and can be worked through in one go or one at a time.  

 

Click on any of the sections below to get started.

Body

Body

Our bodies react to stress in different ways. Stress in itself is the body's reaction to what it perceives to be a harmful situation, and much of what happens in our minds in response to it is unconscious.

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Emotion

Emotion

This emotional wellbeing toolkit has helped many of our veterans to successfully handle stress and adapt to change and difficult times.

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Mind

Mind

Try some of these tips to help calm an overactive or anxious mind.

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