Tools & Resources

The Health Improvement Team would like to promote the Mind ur Mind Toolkit for staff and managers.  This is a resource to enable staff to stay in good mental health and provide help to those who need it.  The aims of this toolkit are:

  • To increase understanding of our own and other’s mental and emotional health needs and perspectives.
  • To develop an understanding and supportive work environment
  • To help managers to support the mental and emotional wellbeing of their staff.

The Toolkit includes 3 sections:

  • Mind Ur Language
  • Mind Ur Self
  • Mind each other

If you would like to find out more about staff health and wellbeing please email

Pathway for Supporting Staff with a mental health condition

This leaflet is intended as a guide to support staff who are experiencing mental health difficulties. It should be used in conjunction with the Mind Ur Mind Toolkit

Pathway For Supporting Colleagues With A Mental Health Condition

Self-Care Habits

The link below takes you to the Mindful Self-Care Scale survey which can help you reflect on your self-care habits.   The results can help you identify areas of strength and weakness in your self-care behaviour and suggest how you can improve your self-care practices.   Please note that the survey was developed by the University at Buffalo New York for workers in US healthcare systems, so some of the language relates to American qualifications and professional roles but this resource is equally helpful for us in NI.”

“Relax Your Body, Calm Your Mind”

Click here for Guided Meditation (8 minutes)

The Self-Compassion Animation – ‘Getting to Know Your Brain: Understanding Stress and Self-Criticism’

The Self-Compassion Animation – ‘Getting to Know Your Brain: Understanding Stress and Self-Criticism’ has been developed by the Health Improvement Team as a BHSCT staff wellbeing resource. The animation is based upon the therapeutic modality of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and is designed as a tool to support how we approach and deal with stress.

Self Compassion Animation for BHSCT Staff.


Self Compassion Animation for BHSCT Staff Subtitled




Suicide Prevention: Find out more about the Lighthouse Charity

The Lighthouse Charity

The Lighthouse Charity: Bronagh and Ryan



Anxiety Videos by Dr Susie Willis, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist BHSCT


Creating Hope, through Action: Regional Mental Health Campaign 2023

Each year the HSC Trusts and PHA work in partnership to develop a campaign that will encourage people across the region for 4 weeks marking the period between World Suicide Prevention day (10 September) and World Mental Health Day (10 October).  This year we are calling on people to ‘Walk & Talk’ to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Find out More About the Campaign and Get Involved!

Here are a few suggestions of how you can support this year’s campaign:

  • Organise a ‘Walk & Talk’ with your a family, friends or colleagues in your workplace. Our campaign pack has hints, tips and posters to help you plan!
  • Check out the training booklet to find out about mental health and suicide prevention training courses available

You can find all the information and tools you need to take part in the campaign in the ‘Walk & Talk 2023’ section on including our campaign booklet, training booklet, social media posts and information about Walk Leader Training, local walking groups, and walking route which you could follow on your ‘Walk & Talk’.

Together let’s ‘Create Hope, through Action’ throughout Northern Ireland this autumn.


Dealing with Stress

What is the single most important thing you can do for your stress?  Take 10 minutes to watch the video to find out!






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AWARE Guide to Looking After Your Mental Health

AWARE have produced a guide to help during this period of uncertainty by giving information on how to look after your own mental health. It also helps you recognise signs and symptoms of poor mental health and make you aware of sources of help.

Online Resources

    A website filled with lots of useful information and self-help Cognitive Behavioural Therapy materials such as worksheets and videos.
    This is a free, online, life skills resource for individuals with anxiety, depression or low mood. The course helps users choose key life areas to change and encourages them to change the way they think and to respond in new ways to the many life challenges we face on a day to day basis. Modules can be completed from any computer with internet access. Users can also chose to have the modules spoken aloud, making this a useful resource for individuals with literacy problems.
    Focusses on helping people take practical action to improve mental wellbeing—offers simple ideas on changing our behaviours.
    The Public Health Agency’s website for promoting positive mental health and Emotional Wellbeing in NI.  Provides an overview of local organisations providing support for a range of difficulties.
    Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Cary Cooper, talks about managing stress at work.
  6. Pocket Guide to Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Services     BPLIG Promotional Leaflet Final
  7.  Protect Life 2 Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Services video


PDF Resources


Belfast Support Team (BeST)

The BHSCT recognises that incidents and unexpected events have an emotional impact not only for our service users and their families but also to the staff involved.

We want to ensure we support staff in providing safe, effective and compassionate care by making sure peer support is available when these events occur.

BeST is a peer support service which has been established with a number of peer supporters available to provide reassurance and emotional support when unexpected events occur. They can also offer practical advice around processes or put you in contact with an expert in this area, so you feel more comfortable with the processes.

Any member of staff who has experienced the emotional impact of an unexpected event can confidentially be put in contact with a peer supporter.

We have volunteers from across different divisions, professions and grades of staff who have committed to being a peer supporter.

To access this confidential service please click here to complete a short MS form so we can match you with a suitable peer supporter. A member of the central BeST team will then contact you with further details.

Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below.


If you have any queries about the service, please email:


Each of us, at some stage in our lives, will experience personal or work problems.
Staffcare provides free confidential counselling and support for the staff of Belfast Trust.
You can call the Staffcare Careline at any time, day or night, and speak with a counsellor.

CARELINE 0800 731 3674

For more information please click here