Self care information for nurses, midwives and carers

Self-care resources

For nurses, midwives and carers

Resources for self-care

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting ANMF members at work and at home, it’s more important than ever to take care of your physical and mental health.

The Nursing & Midwifery Health Program Victoria (NMHPV) and ANMF (Vic Branch) have collated the list of resources below to support you to stay healthy and positive throughout this unprecedented health crisis.

NMHPV is available for free and confidential support and counselling to nurses and midwives, and student nurses and midwives.

NMHPV 9 simple tips 

NMHPV can be contacted on 03 9415 7551 or
NMHPV website
NMHPV on Facebook

NMHPV mental health wellbeing toolkit including a quiz to help you monitor and focus on your individualised self-care plan
NMHPV wellbeing resources to support nurses and midwives during COVID

Download a Self-care guide [PDF] written by nurse and wellness entrepreneur Kate Borradaile.

Nurse & Midwife Support
Nurse & Midwife Support is a 24/7 national support service for nurses and midwives providing access to confidential advice and referral.

Listen to an interview between Nurse & Midwife Support’s Mark Aitken and Sam Eddy about how nurses and midwives can manage stress as they work in this challenging time.

Sam Eddy has a Master of Science (Psychology) and is a mental health first aider, experienced workplace trainer, coach and educator.
Podcast: Dealing with stress during crisis with Sam Eddy

Here’s some information about the importance of self-care for nurses and midwives and and links to self-care resources. 

Tiredness, sleep and fatigue
This edited extract from mental health nurse consultant Tess Moriarty's wellbeing sessions for personal care workers held in June 2022 offers practical information and useful tips

Treat app
Made for health professionals by health professionals, Treat is a free unique self-care app designed to help you find calmness, clarity and balance during your busy working day.

Smiling mind app
Smiling mind is a free app that enables you to practise daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device.

Beyond Blue 
The mental health organisation Beyond Blue has collated information about looking after your mental health and that of children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak. 

The Beyond Blue Support Service offers short term counselling and referrals by phone and webchat on 1300 22 4636.

Headspace for young people
Know a child or young person who’s needing someone skilled and objective to talk to during this health crisis? Headspace’s services are focused on people under 25.

eheadspace provides free online support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. 

Headspace app for meditation, mindfulness and better sleep.

The VIA Institute on Character
The VIA Institute on Character is a not-for-profit organisation that helps people change their lives by tapping into the power of their own greatest strengths.
1. Loving-kindness meditation - boost compassion 
2. Three good things - focus on gratitude