Wellbeing and Wellness

Wellbeing and wellness are important for all of us especially during this now extended pandemic.
Below are recent resources added (October/November 2020):

Online Mental Health Supports for healthcare staff, both clinical and non-clinical

There are a number of resources now available to staff as a result of investment in staff psychological wellbeing.

  1. Two new COVID-19 Psychological Support modules are now available on HSELand.  ‘Psychological Support: Looking after your wellbeing during Covid-19’and ‘Psychological Support: Looking after your wellbeing during Covid-19 – A Manager’s Guide’  are both located in the Personal Effectiveness Skills catalogue of HSELand. Both courses are designed for all healthcare staff, both clinical and non-clinical, within the HSE, voluntary sector and Section 38/39 agencies.  One module is for staff, and the second module is for managers of frontline staff.  Both modules provide guidance on minding mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic. Learners will gain an understanding of the theory of psychological first aid and practical supports around a pandemic drawn from international research and experiences of other countries; the concept of Moral Injury is also explored.
  2. The HSE library now provides access to over 200 new mental health e-books and the books are accessible through the library website and on the Borrowbox app.  You will need an open Athens account if accessing through the HSE Library.
  1. SilverCloud Health is a self-help resource which can help people to manage their mental health needs and stay well.  The programmes are free to HSE staff and cover topics on: Dealing with Stress; Building Resilience; Improving your Sleep; and Space from COVID-19.              on the SilverCloud website, complete the sign-up process and enter the access code HSE2020 when prompted to do so.

 Click here to access the programmes online.


HSE Week 4 – Tools to support decision making Thursday 5th November 2020, 11am – 1230pm

Chaired by: Professor Mary Donnelly, Vice-Dean of School of Law, UCC and Co-Chair of the HSE National Consent Policy Presentation by Caroline Howorth, Speech and Language Therapy Manager, St. Michaels House

Contributors will include Professor Mary McCarron, Professor of Aging and Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin; Ms Joanne Condon, Southern Regional Manager, National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities; and Mr. Seamus Moran, Principle Social Worker, Mayo General Hospital

Register via :https://bit.ly/31CVhuN


Virtual Conference Thursday, November 26, 2020, 8.30 am — 1.30 pm

Environment, Health & Wellbeing Conference 2020
This virtual conference will hear the results of the most up-to-date pan-European assessment of environmental challenges to our health and wellbeing and will share insights on how European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s vision for a toxic-free Europe might be achieved. The conference will also include a session examining progress in human and animal health domains under the first iteration of the National Antimicrobial Resistance action plan (iNAP1) and discuss common challenges and learnings to be taken
through to the forthcoming second plan, iNAP2.The Environment, Health & Wellbeing conference is a free event aimed at HSE,ESRI and EPA staff as well as Policy Makers, other Agencies, NGOs and
Register https://ti.to/environment-health-wellbeing/2020

Online Annual Research Conference November 27, 2020, 9.30 am to 4 pm

21st Annual Multidisciplinary Research Conference at SUH & ITS – to promote a culture of research among healthcare professionals in the North West of Ireland

To register for this event please send email to ref.sligo@hse.ie to receive a link.

This event is now in its 21st year and is an annual highlight in the research calendar for the North West of Ireland. The event always draws stellar speakers as well as promoting local junior researchers from SUH and IT Sligo. Our Keynote speakers this year are:
Professor Luke O’Neill, Chair of Biochemistry & Immunology, TCD
Dr Francois Roman, Senior Director, Clinical Development – Vaccines, Glaxo Smith Kline Biologicals, Belgium Contact: www.ref-sligo.ie  / ref.sligo@hse.ie . Anita Patil – Anita.Patil@hse.ie / 087 293 1199

BMJ Will covid-19 vaccines save lives? Current trials aren’t designed to tell us

The world has bet the farm on vaccines as the solution to the pandemic, but the trials are not focused on answering the questions many might assume they are. Peter Doshi reports

As phase III trials of covid-19 vaccines reach their target enrolments, officials have been trying to project calm. The US coronavirus czar Anthony Fauci and the Food and Drug Administration leadership have offered public assurances that established procedures will be followed.1234 Only a “safe and effective” vaccine will be approved, they say, and nine vaccine manufacturers issued a rare joint statement pledging not to prematurely seek regulatory review.5

But what will it mean exactly when a vaccine is declared “effective”? To the public this seems fairly obvious. “The primary goal of a covid-19 vaccine is to keep people from getting very sick and dying,” a National Public Radio broadcast said bluntly.6

Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said, “Ideally, you want an antiviral vaccine to do two things . . . first, reduce the likelihood you will get severely ill and go to the hospital, and two, prevent infection and therefore interrupt disease transmission.”7

Yet the current phase III trials are not actually set up to prove either None of the trials currently under way are designed to detect a reduction in any serious outcome such as hospital admissions, use of intensive care, or deaths. Nor are the vaccines being studied to determine whether they can interrupt transmission of the virus


Getting through COVID-19 Together. New website launched relating to the stresses & strains of dealing with C-19 in our daily lives. Click Here

Health Services Change Guide: More than ever health & social care has become what can be termed “volatile, uncertain, complex & ambiguous” (VUCA). It is a challenging time with a lot of emergent change. What is helping people to respond & adapt? Relationships & Networks / Emotional Connection to Shared Purpose. Click Here

Zoom: All you need to know. Use videos and tutorials. Click Here

Mental Health supports: List of services VIA Mental Health Reform. Click Here

Stress management: relaxation excercises. Click Here

Healthy Ireland. Healthy Ireland is a Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health, and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society. Click Here

HSE Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit. Click Here

Coronavirus infection and pregnancy (RCOG – UK). Information for pregnant women and their families. Click Here

Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding – WHO. Click Here

Anxiety during Covid-19. AWARE – your supporting light through depression. Click here


Free activities for kids and grown-ups about astronomy and space. Click Here

Ideas and free online resources for your kids to use during Covid-19 outbreak. Click Here

Activities and resources for kids. Click Here