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UHBW Library and Information Services: Wellbeing

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Wellbeing

The Library and Knowledge service at UHBW is committed to helping people help themselves. At both Bristol and Weston library sites, we can provide you with a welcoming space to take some time away from your work area, and access to our carefully curated wellbeing book collection. We have also collated services, resources and recommendations - specifically for NHS staff - to help protect and improve our personal health and wellbeing.

Reading for Pleasure: Book of the Month

Book Recommendations: Bristol and Weston Hospitals Charity

Thanks to our friends at Bristol and Weston Hospitals Charity, UHBW library service have acquired a selection of brand new books to promote holistic colleague wellbeing. You can view a selection of our new stock below.

You can find our full range of wellbeing books from the physical library space (at Bristol and Weston), or via our online catalogue at SWIMS. Topics include psychological wellbeing, money advice, alcohol, disordered eating and more. Other wellbeing resources can be found on the intranet, or via the wellbeing team at wellbeing@uhbw.nhs.uk.

Wellbeing at the Library



We frequently collaborate with the Workplace Wellbeing team on joint pop-up events to help promote health awareness campaigns to colleagues across the organisation

Wellbeing at UHBW

The UHBW Wellbeing team provides resources, support and guidance to help us support our own psychological wellbeing, physical wellbeing and healthy lifestyles. There are a variety of resources for individuals, teams and managers, including access to Health Assured, self-care guides, specific support for doctors and dentists, physical activity advice and much more. You can find the full menu of UHBW wellbeing provisions at the pages below via the Trust Intranet:

Bristol intranet Weston intranet

If you are unable to access the trust wellbeing pages from the links directly, you can find the Trust Intranet wellbeing pages signposted on the front page of your local Intranet site.

External tools: Physical Wellbeing

Get active - Better Health - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
NHS endorsed tools, tips and special offers to move more every day.

Exercise - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
One stop shop for guidelines, tips and fitness guides.

Eat well - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Check this page for information on maintaining a balanced diet, as well as recipe ideas and information on digestive health.

BBC Good Food | Recipes and cooking tips - BBC Good Food
Find quick and healthy recipes, as well as masterclasses and a seasonal calendar

Pzizz app - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
The Pzizz app helps you quickly calm your mind, fall asleep fast, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed. Available on Apple App Store and Google Play.

How to get to sleep - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Tips on sleeplessness, tiredness and sleep hygiene.

Quit smoking - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
General advice and support signposting.

Home - Everyone Health Bristol
Bristol's local smoking cessation support service.

External tools: Psychological Wellbeing

5 steps to mental wellbeing - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
The NHS shares 5 steps you can immediately take to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
A more in depth directory of conditions, self help advice, and NHS services available to you.

Mindfulness - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
NHS advice on making time for mindfulness.

Feeling Good: positive mindset app - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset. Available on Apple App Store and Google Play.

ABC Guide to personal resilience – Our NHS People
Personal resilience training for NHS staff.

Health and Wellbeing (nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk)
Health and wellbeing hub for NHS professionals.

Wellbeing News and Events

Stress Awareness Month

The Library & Knowledge Service has a collection books and resources to help your better deal with stress this April. 

Check out the resources from the Stress Management Society, view our recommended resources below, and pop into one of our libraries to browse our wellbeing collection and fiction shelves! 

UHBW Stress Awareness 2024 

Health Libraries West

Health Libraries West

Check out some local health and wellbeing resources here! These resources have been lovingly assembled by NHS and Public Librarians in and around Bristol. 

The resources on offer include support for:

Wellbeing and Mental Health
Physical health
Finding quality health information
LGBTQIA resources
BAME resources

NHS Apps

If you haven't found what you're looking for, NHS England has compiled a full list of free wellbeing apps available to staff here.

Reading Well

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What is Reading Well?

Reading Well helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books are all endorsed by health experts, as well as people with living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers (See the Reading Well lists).

Staff can find the books in either of the Bristol or Weston libraries, while patients and their carers can access them via their nearest public library service (Bristol public library finder).

The scheme is delivered by The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, with funding from Arts Council England and Wellcome.

For access to Reading Well wellbeing resources curated by and for NHS staff, click here.

Want to know more?
If you would like further information, please get in touch via library@uhbw.nhs.uk or visit the Reading Agency website.

Crisis Support

If you are having thoughts of suicide or have thought about self-harm, it's important to tell someone.

Samaritans (24/7)
Call 116 123
Email (reply within 24hrs): jo@samaritans.org

Bristol Mental Health crisis line (24/7)
Call 0300 555 0334

Shout Crisis Text Line
Text "SHOUT" to 85258

Crisis Information from the Intranet
This page has urgent support for anyone having thoughts of harming themselves, and also for anyone concerned about the safety of another colleague.

These phone numbers and websites will cover both Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare.

You can call 111 and ask for an urgent GP appointment, or present at A&E.
In a life-threatening emergency, phone 999.