Wellbeing help and advice

In support of World Cancer Day on 4th February - which aims to inspire individuals and communities to unite against cancer - this month’s wellbeing guide and chat sheet focuses on cancer awareness.

We know it’s a sensitive subject which many of us find hard to talk about and perhaps we don’t even want to think about it. However, understanding cancer a little bit more can help us all to look after our own wellbeing and support those around us. Click on the blue buttons on the right hand side to access the guide and accompanying chat sheet.

Click here to listen again to the Cancer Research UK Cancer Basics webinar run by the charity’s experienced cancer awareness nurses providing tips on how to reduce your risk of cancer and visiting your doctor.

Free online three hour course

Providing tips, tools and confidence to have conversations about cancer. This course is open for everyone but is especially recommended for HR and people managers, or anyone who has a role promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace.  You can access the course any time from any device. Join now cruk.org/talkingaboutcancer 

‘Jamie Talks…Podcast with Amey’ - aiming to support and improve the lives of the Amey family.

Jamie Forsyth, Wellbeing Ambassador and Mental Health First Aid Instructor (and a*stars winner of the Health and Safety category), will be talking to a variety of inspirational guests, including both expert speakers and Amey employees. 

New - Jamie Talks Cancer with Amey in this episode Jamie talks to Martin Hogg, an oncologist in the NHS and to Keeley Russell, Senior Client Account Manager for Kent Highways, sharing her personal experience of cancer.

Jamie Talks a little more… Home schooling we hear from professionals and experts in the world of schooling, child mental health and also some of our colleagues about their experiences of home-schooling during lockdown. 

Webinar recordings

Listen to “Building Resilience in Challenging Times” webinar by Carl Laidler, Director of Wellbeing from Health Shield.

Listen to the recording of...Listening Skills Part 1 - why listening well is so important, what is active listening and how to ask effective questions.

Listen to the recording of...Listening Skills Part 2 - appreciate the importance of listening and learn the secret to good communication.

Listen to the recording of...“Making positive lifestyle changes” hosted by Dr Ruth Briant-Jones, a lifestyle medicine doctor working on Harley street. 

Listen to the recording of... "My Healthy advantage app – get the most out of the new health and wellbeing app”. Hosted by Alex McEwan from Health Assured.

Useful links to resources

It's ok to not be ok

The ever-changing world we're living in is creating challenges for our mental health and we’re all different in how we cope with stress and anxiety. Now more than ever, we need to look after each other and take time to think about our own wellbeing and that of those around us.

Asking for help when you need it could really help you manage your mental health, so please don't be afraid to do this. Our enhanced Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available to all Amey employees and their immediate family. It’s confidential, free, and independent from Amey and available 365 days a year, 24/7: click here for details. 

Wellbeing Network

215 Wellbeing Ambassadors and 120 Mental Health First Aiders make up our network of people who promote and support the safety and wellbeing of all employees. They're helping to change the way we think about and act on wellbeing in the workplace. They're personable and empathetic so please contact your local Wellbeing Ambassador for a chat, to ask for support or share ideas. Click here for a full list of our ambassadors. 

Resources

Click on the tabs below to find resources and activities related to each of the 5 areas of our wellbeing framework.                

Physical
Emotional and Mental Health
Financial Wellbeing
Role and Development
Community
Wellbeing Wednesday
reset

Listen to the recording of... “Financial Wellbeing: Managing Money on a January Budget - hosted by Emily Cooke, Business Psychologist. 

 

Listen to the recording of...“New Year’s Resolutions - Why they don’t actually work!” Hosted by Dr Andres Fonseca, Consultant Psychiatrist and CoFounder of Thrive.

How EAP can help

Sometimes just talking to someone can help. The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a confidential employee benefit designed to help you with personal and professional problems, which could be affecting your home or work life, health and general wellbeing. Topics include:

  • Physical and Emotional Health
  • Family and Relationships
  • Legal and financial
  • Work Life

How do I access the service?

There are three easy ways to use the EAP service:

  1. On the 24-hour helpline, 7 days a week, 0800 130 3414. If you’re outside of the UK, you can still reach them on +44 (0) 1482 639 981. And if you need to use a Minicom, you can call 01482 661 911 (8.30am – 6.00pm)
  1. Online Wellbeing portal at healthassuredeap.com. Just log in with the username eap and password ameywellbeing
  1. By downloading the Health Assured Health e-HUB mobile app from the App Store or your Android device. You can then log in with the username eap and password ameywellbeing

This scheme can help you save money in hundreds of ways.  It only takes a minute to register via this link.  In addition you can also access their Wellbeing Centre via the website too.

It's important to recognise symptoms early. The resources below, provided by our Occupational Health partner Medigold Health, contain information about signs and symptoms, and the support you can get from external bodies and your GP if you need them. If someone is ill, concerned by any symptoms or needs medical advice, they should contact their GP. 

Breast Awareness

Cervical Cancer

Male Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Common Health Questions https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/mens-health/

Stay connected during COVID - take a look at the Modern Workplace Portal on tips on how to use Teams

https://ameygroup.sharepoint.com/sites/AmeyMLP

At Amey, we have a great deal of exciting learning opportunities on our Education HUB to help inspire and educate young people.

https://www.amey.co.uk/education 

Host a Teams meeting. Draw a large bucket. Ask colleagues to share what stresses them out and write them on the bucket. Discuss how they deal with their stress and stick or write these words outside and around the bucket

Stress Bucket

This is a year-round employee benefit which provides a discount and a way to spread out the cost of a bike of your choice. Now is a better time than ever to get into cycling and can greatly improve your physical and mental wellbeing. For more information on the scheme click here

https://www.amey.co.uk/employeebenefits/cycle-to-work/

lots of ideas of how to be kind to yourself and one another

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars

Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies. The Science of Well Being on Coursera is a great free option to increase your happiness and build productive habits.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being

 

The L&D Team have created some bite-size information:
Resilience in the time of Covid-19
Wellbeing
How to learn well
Supporting people through change
Working from home
Dealing with emotions
Dealing with ambiguity

http://ameyworld.ameygroup.int/enabling-functions/human-resources/career-development-training/online-learning/lets-talk/supporting-you-during-the-coronavirus/

Zero Code is our simple framework to highlight the key actions we must all take to protect ourselves and others from harm. These factsheets have information and guidance on how to manage stress, anxiety and depression.

Stress Factsheet

Managers H&W Factsheet

Health & Wellbeing Factsheet

Depression Factsheet

Anxiety Factsheet

Keeping your mind active will help your overall mental health. There are some great apps available for brain training, allowing you to focus for 10-15 minutes on logic, strategic thinking, speed / reaction mathematics, language / word puzzles. It’s a really nice escape.

https://www.websudoku.com/

https://www.braingle.com/

There are plenty of ways you can volunteer to offer help - click below for more information

https://www.amey.co.uk/coronavirus-community-support/

Eating well and eating certain foods is good for reducing stress and promoting wellbeing. It’s so easy to snack on biscuits in the office, let alone when you’re at home with your stock piled fridge. Try to stick to your usual eating. Also try and eat healthy- it’s important to keep your immune system on point. Stock up on fresh turmeric, ginger and garlic. And treat yourself to a fresh lemon and ginger tea.

Keeping a healthy immune system


Here are some great websites to get more ideas:

https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com 

https://deliciouslyella.com/recipes/  

https://www.eatwell101.com/healthy-quick-dinner-recipes

https://recipesdestination.com/25-fantastic-healthy-smoothies-of-instagram-easy/

Keeping your immune system strong and healthy

Keeping your body healthy will help to keep your immune system strong, giving you a better chance of fighting off illnesses. Eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and reducing stress will are all ways in which you can stay healthy. Please look at some ideas on how to boost your immune system on the quick links below.

Jamie Forsyth, Mental Health First Aider & Wellbeing Ambassador (and Operations Controller on our Staffordshire Highways Account) has created a number of videos to help.

 

 

Salary Finance

Our partner Salary Finance can support you to manage your money. They are an independent service offering financial support including;

  • Tips and information to help you learn better money habits
  • Simple savings accounts
  • Employee loans at affordable rates

To find out more visit www.amey.salaryfinance.com 

Salary Finance has created a 10 point checklist

to help you prepare your finances in this uncertain time and they’ve compiled a FAQ document following recent webinars they ran in response to the Coronavirus. In addition if you have a specific query you can email question@salaryfinance.com

There is a recorded Webinar available from Salary Finance to provide some hints and tips on managing your money during the Coronavirus pandemic - you can access this by clicking here

 

 

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