Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.  The last two years have been the most challenging we have faced and in 2020 our services were overwhelmed by people that are struggling and seeking support. 

We know that people who are working or volunteering in all parts of our health and care system are experiencing prolonged high levels of stress with increased pressure and demand for services alongside the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub has a full range of resources available for everyone to access, free of charge, including one-to-one therapy, telephone support, wellbeing check-ins, courses, e-learning and online sessions.  

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Our partnership provider, the Cellar Trust, has created these resources with a specific focus on managing stress and supporting wellbeing.

Stress Buster: This course focuses on understanding the effects of stress and how stress can influence the way we think, feel and behave. Advice and tips on how to manage and control stress in addition to providing information about further help and support.

Wellbeing at Work: This course provides guides for wellbeing at work aimed at employees, managers and senior leaders. The aim is to improve employee understanding of wellbeing in the workplace and provide helpful guidance and advice on a wide range of topics. These include facts and figures, impact of work on our wellbeing, signs of stress, identifying workplace stressors and promoting wellbeing at work. The brief guide for employers and managers provides additional information for supporting and managing staff wellbeing within the workplace including spotting warning signs of poor mental wellbeing and outlining roles and responsibilities for mental wellbeing within organisations.

Skills for Being Well in Adversity: This course provides skills, knowledge and information to help manage and improve physical and mental wellbeing with a range of practical tools/strategies to help individuals gain insight into their own wellbeing. Topics covered include managing stress and anxiety, identifying triggers, self-care planning and dealing with difficult feelings, thinking styles and beliefs.

For more information or to register for FREE, visit: Living Well Training – Training for a healthy mind

Leading Mental Wellbeing Together webinar

Leading mental wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility and this webinar provides all the skills and knowledge to manage mental wellbeing. This two-hour interactive facilitated webinar explores the concept of mental wellbeing within the context of leadership and the ongoing response to the

Covid-19 pandemic. The course provides leaders with information and guidance on managing wellbeing in the workplace, using up-to-date research evidence and best practice. Topics covered during the session include recognising the signs of poor mental wellbeing, self-care, leading through adversity, as well as practical wellbeing tools which can be used with colleagues.

To book an individual place or a bespoke session for your team email or for more information visit Living Well Training – Training for a healthy mind. (Please note- places are limited).

NHS E/I- Health and Wellbeing Workshops: Stress, Fatigue and Burnout

After 19 months of sustained, high performance work under unusual pressures, many NHS leaders and teams are feeling overwhelmed, even exhausted. The slip from manageable levels of stress to something more damaging can be so gradual it can easily get missed. This workshop is designed to help prevent this from happening by taking colleagues through the following symptoms, causes and solutions.

To find out more and book your place: Health and Wellbeing Webinars : Stress, Fatigue and Burnout Tickets | Eventbrite


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Managing stress for people with Long Covid – Dr Sari Harenwell talks us through methods of managing stress.

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We work together – series 2, episode 4 – stress: Victoria Simmons, Senior Engagement Manager, Bradford District and Craven CCG, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Dr Jon Cartledge, Leeds Teaching Hospital Hospitals, Tom Doyle, Chief Executive, Yorkshire MESMAC Group of Services talk to Hub Clinical Psychologist Dr Nigel Wainwright about their experience of stress.



We work together – take a break: Therapist Ross Aspinall gives us a 15 minute mental workout of tips and exercises for managing stress.



Stress and awareness – a short podcast from Rebecca Liljendahl of Halsa sharing some simple habits to combat stress.

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April is Stress Awareness Month and you can access the following sessions from our partner Halsa Wellbeing FREE of charge:

  • Managing your thoughts
  • Managing stress and building resilience
  • Invest in yourself, improve your WFH balance
  • Healthy Habits Transformation Group (continued)
  • Energizing morning facial massage (only 30 mins!)
  • Melt away stress (only 30 mins!)
  • Headache Release (only 30 mins!)
  • Self-care for carers
  • Self-care and relaxation
  • Self-care and reflexology
  • Breathwork and meditation
  • Breathwork for managing stress

You can book onto Halsa sessions here.

Financial Wellbeing

Financial stress is a state of worry, anxiety, or emotional tension related to money, debt, and upcoming or current expenses. Money is one of the most universal sources of stress. We have gathered these resources to help colleagues who may be suffering from money-related stress.

Money Helper

Contact Number: 0800 138 777

Twitter: @MoneyHelperUK

NHS employees can call this support line, provided by the Money Helper Service, for free and impartial money guidance. 0800 448 0826 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Pension Guidance

Contact Number: 0800 011 3797

Twitter: @MoneyPensionsUK

Work and Employment Schemes

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust:

  • Borrow responsibly for affordable loans
  • Resources to learn how to be better with money.
  • Saving directly from your salary
  • Help to save scheme

Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust:

  • Borrow responsibly for affordable loans
  • Resources to learn how to be better with money.

Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust:

  • Borrow responsibly for affordable loans
  • Resources to learn how to be better with money.

Leeds Credit Union

Employees can become part of Leeds Credit Union and save straight from their wage at the following organisations:

  • Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust
  • South West Yorkshire NHS Trust
  • Wakefield Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • NHS Leeds

Food Banks

West Yorkshire Food Poverty Network

Brings together representatives across West Yorkshire to tackle food insecurity more effectively in the region.

Fare share Yorkshire Food Distribution

Fare Share Go Scheme which enables people to collect surplus perishable food from supermarket stores to support them through difficult situations.

  • Wakefield Food Aid Network
  • Leeds Food Aid Network
  • Feeding Bradford and Keighley
  • Kirklees Emergency Food Providers Network
  • Calderdale Food Poverty Forum

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Step Change is a debt charity that offers free advice based on a comprehensive assessment of your situation and then provide practical help and support for however long it is needed.

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Freephone: 0808 808 4000

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GamCare The Leeds Community Gambling Service offers a range of support which can be provided face-to-face, online or over the phone. The service supports gamblers as well as those who are affected by the gambling behaviour of a family member or friend. All services are free of charge and completely confidential. The Service can be used to block gambling website and apps. It offers self-referral online for gambling services, online helpline, live chat and resources. Outreach and training on offer- free bespoke training of gambling awareness for Leeds.

If you have any questions or would like any more information regarding these stress support offers please do not hesitate to contact us on