Health and Wellbeing

We know that some of the content during the next three days could be difficult and overwhelming. We have provided the following resources to support our delegates take some time out, reflect on the content of the sessions or simply regulate, rest or recharge. These resources can also be used beyond the Knowledge Exchange for continued Health and Wellbeing.

‘Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World’

The book contains the complete 8 week mindfulness course developed at Oxford University. Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman.

Professor Mark Williams is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He co-developed MBCT, is Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and is co-author of the international best-seller The Mindful Way Through Depression. He is one of the premier researchers in the field of mindfulness worldwide, and has been a pioneer in its development and dissemination.

Dr Danny Penman is a qualified meditation teacher and award-winning writer and journalist. He currently writes features for the UK Daily Mail, having previously worked for the BBC, New Scientist and the Independent newspaper. He is co-author of the international bestseller Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. He has received journalism awards from the RSPCA and the Humane Society of the United States. In 2014, he won the British Medical Association’s Best Book (Popular Medicine) Award for Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing (co- written with Vidyamala Burch). His books have been translated into more than 25 languages.

Mindfulness Videos

Mindfulness Meditation Breathing anchor


Mindfulness Meditation Body Scan


Mindfulness of breath and body


Meditation 4: Breath and body


Mindfulness Meditation Listening & thoughts


Mindfulness Meditation Exploring Difficulties


Mindfulness Meditation Befriending


Mindfulness Meditation 3 Minute Breathing Space


Jon Kabat-Zinn – writer of the Stress Reduction Clinic

Jon Kabat-Zinn is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic (in 1979), and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (in 1995). He retired from his positions at the medical center in 2000. The Center for Mindfulness has been under the leadership of Dr. Saki Santorelli since that time, and during those years, it has grown remarkably and its programs have become more and more influential both in the US and internationally.

Tai Chi 5 Minutes a Day – Module 01

Tai Chi for Beginners


Action for happiness

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Mindfulness: Helpful Links

NHS: Mindfulness

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Mind: Mindfulness

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Mindfulness: Mental Health Foundation

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Mental Health Foundation ‘Let’s Talk: Mental Health’ podcast,

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Mindfulness: Headspace

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Mindful Music

Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music.

This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.



Calming Meditation Music to Relax the Mind and Body


Mindfulness Relaxing Music for Stress Relief


How to Practice Music Meditation

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Breathing to music videos

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Self Care and Sources of Support – It is ok, not to be ok

West Yorkshire Staff Wellbeing Hub, We’re Here to Help!!

The health and care system is under unprecedented pressure at the moment and we know that staff are having to work in extremely challenging circumstances. Staff wellbeing is our priority across the Partnership, and people can and should expect support for their mental health and well-being from their line manager and their organization.

If you work in a health and care environment and are experiencing feelings that are difficult to cope with, our mental health workers are here to support you now and find the extra help that is right for you. The service is completely confidential, wherever you work, and offers advice and support that can help with a range of issues. Self-refer confidentially This service is for everyone, including volunteers and people who work in Primary Care.

If you live or work in Harrogate, please click through to use the self-referral process for the Humber Coast and Vale (HCV) Resilience Hub. The Hub one-to-one therapy service is currently seeing high demand and some staff sickness within our team. We remain available for support and it is still much easier/quicker to access than mainstream services, but please be aware that there may be a waiting list of up to 10 weeks.

We are working hard to build our capacity in order to reduce this waiting time. Once your referral has been accepted, we will support you with a wellbeing check-in call and support to use our self-help resources. You can also get help from trained listeners by calling our staff support line 0808 196 3833 every day, 08:00-20:00 or talk to us now anonymously.

Headspace for Work


BwE Headspace for Work is a science-backed meditation and mindfulness solution for the workplace. Even on the best days, stress can prevent us from being fully focused and doing our best work. Too much of it can lead to burnout, disengagement, more sick days, and strained relationships in the workplace. In the wake of COVID-19, it’s never been more critical for business and Human Resources leaders to address the mental well-being of their teams head-on. Enterprise-ready, Headspace for Work offers proven mindfulness programs that lead to healthier organizations from the inside out.

Wellbeing! Local Government Association

Supporting employers with the health, resilience, and wellness of their workforce

Creating positive workplaces and working practices that promote and support wellbeing is good for our staff and our organisations. When our staff experiences good mental and physical health at work they are able to develop their potential, be productive and creative, build positive relationships with colleagues and customers, cope better with stressful situations and make more meaningful contributions. We have information and resources to help local government employers to manage and improve their employees’ well-being at work.

Other sources of support include: – Trim practitioner: TRiM Practitioners are non-medical personnel who have undergone specific training allowing them to understand the effects that traumatic events can have upon people. They are not counselors or therapists, but understand confidentially and are able to listen and offer practical advice and assistance

Mental Health First Aiders: A mental health first aider’s role in the workplace is to act as the first point of contact for people with mental health issues, providing support and guidance to their colleagues

Occupational Heath Assist: Occupational health is a specialist service focusing on the health and wellbeing of staff in the workplace. OH professionals aim to understand the impact work may be having on staff health and wellbeing and provide ongoing help and support.

Peers Support Officers – Line manager – – Chaplains – GP – Aand, E – Charities – National and Local offer support