NHS Support

The world is going through a major crisis right now, with everyone having to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic, and impact it is having on society. This is a traumatising time for all of us, but those on the front-line – NHS staff are amongst the most affected, as they risk their lives every day to help those infected with the virus.

Here at Breakthrough we want to do whatever we can to support NHS staff not just to help others, but to look after their own emotional well-being. That is why we have created two initiatives to support front-line staff at this time.

Trauma Awareness & COVID-19 - 16th May 2020

GPs, Community Nurses and Practice Staff are on the frontline and often the first people those in the community approach when struggling with the effects of trauma – especially at a time when the world is impacted by the emotional fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. This half-day course especially designed for staff working in GP practices and other primary care settings will cover:

different types of trauma.- psychological fall-out from the pandemic – what trauma does to the brain and body.- the long-term impact of trauma – support needs of trauma survivors.

COVID-19 Support Group for NHS Frontline Staff - Begins 21st May 2020

We will be running a FREE online support group for NHS frontline staff based in Bath and North-East Somerset, to help them deal with the emotional fall-out from treating patients with COVID-19.

The group will initially run for 6 weeks on Thursday evenings from 7 pm to 9 pm, and will be limited to 16 people.

The aim of the group is to help participants:

share experiences – make sense of some of the emotional impact – give support to one another – find practical tools to help them process their feelings

The group will be facilitates by a psychotherapist with over 30 years experience of helping people deal with the emotional impact of trauma, including supporting NHS and emergency services staff.

If you are interested in joining this group please email: services@traumabreakthrough.org