The mental health impact of COVID-19 on NHS staff

Tutorial presented by Professor Jonathan Bisson, Psychiatrist, Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Cardiff University and Director of HHP Wales

The COVID-19 pandemic can have a negative psychological impact on healthcare professionals, and some individuals are experiencing a considerable degree of stress, anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

The following are a few simple tips for managing mental health issues, if you are struggling with your mental health:

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle: keep hydrated, eat and sleep well, exercise and enjoy social contact with family and friends (even if it’s virtual)
  • Talk to people you trust or contact employee wellbeing services
  • Use strategies that have worked for you in the past to manage stressful situations
  • Contact your GP
  • Check out the free resources available through professional organisations
  • Contact Health for Health Professionals Wales


With good social support and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, most symptoms will resolve, but for some people these symptoms will become pathological and additional support should be sought.

Health for Health Professionals Wales (HHP Wales) is a free, confidential service which supports everyone working in the NHS in Wales. It is funded by Welsh Government and can be accessed via the website (link below) or by calling 0800 058 2758.

Every individual who comes forward will be provided with an initial appointment with an experienced doctor advisor, and will have a confidential discussion to identify their issues and needs and what might be most appropriate to support them.

HHP Wales offers the following services, depending on the needs of the individual:

  • Self help
  • Guided self help
  • Therapy with accredited psychological therapists
  • Peer support
  • Alcohol use support
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Health for Health Professionals Wales – website

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