As we all know, the present situation is wearisome, difficult and draining. It is testing peoples resilience to navigate the activities, that a few months ago, were uncomplicated and needed little thought and effort.
Whilst I would love to promote our Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience resources, at this moment I don’t feel its right to push it.
The important thing is to know what resources are out there for you to access for your staff.
For example I know companies who use https://www.caresourcer.com/uk-care/ Who provide a free Employee Assistance Programme they are open 24/7 all year round.
Money and benefits
The Money Advice Service – for advice about money and benefits
- Call 0800 138 7777
- Helpline open: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Citizens Advice – for advice about money and benefits
- Call 03444 111 444
- Helpline open: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
- Citizens Advice will not charge you to call its national phone service or helpline, however your service provider may do
Our Frontline: support for social care workers
Care workers are under pressure like never before. It can be hard to prioritise your own mental health when you’re caring for others in such a difficult situation – but your wellbeing matters.
Let us help
To talk by text, text FRONTLINE to 85258 any time. To talk by phone, call 0300 131 7000 from 7am to 11pm if you’re in England, or call 116 123 any time if you’re elsewhere in the UK.
It’s all in confidence, with trained volunteers.
There will also be resources on your local government and NHS websites so you can tailor things to where you are.
Whilst I am a qualified Mental Health Nurse, I undertook the Mental Health First Aider programme and can say that it is well worth investing to have one in your organisation.
In conclusion the, don’t try to tackle things alone, don’t just put it down to you being knackered, or feel you have to ‘Man Up’ (I hate that term by the way), or bury it, or whatever… get help, its out there.