With evidence suggesting more than half of frontline NHS are workers unable to cope with stress brought on by coronavirus, Bidfood has created a mental wellness guide.
The Square Root of Self aims to bring to life the importance of food and the vital part it plays in our overall mental wellness. The guide provides expert insight, wellness recipes and tips on how to stay energised during a long shift.
To ensure the recipes meet the needs of this campaign, Bidfood has partnered with Christine Bailey, an award-winning nutritional therapist and chef. Bailey covers three key areas of nutritional support for boosting mental wellbeing and keeping energy levels up: healthy fats; protein; and ditching sugar and processed food.
David King, Bidfood's sector marketing manager for hospitals, said: "These are such unprecedented times and the wellbeing of the nation, in particular our key workers including doctors, nurses and care workers, has never been so important.
"We wanted to offer a guide that can support them with their mental wellness, offer hints and tips to stay energised, well-fed and hydrated in a time where they need it most. We hope that they find this helpful and insightful and want to thank them for their continued service during this difficult time."
Commenting on the campaign, Philip Shelley, chair of NHS Food Review said: "The √Self guide for the NHS is superb. Not only does this offer suitable support on areas of pressure and how to overcome them, but the advice and recipes from Christine Bailey are really going to captivate colleagues.
"Understanding your own wellbeing is vital in maximising good health and performance. Having the capability as leaders to support others through physical and mental health challenges must not be compromised if we are truly to be the NHS that gives us so much pride."