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Mental Health Support for Healthcare Workers

Mental health support for healthcare workers:

As always, follow the NHS advice on where to find urgent support if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.

If you work for the NHS and are currently, understandably experiencing more stress, struggling and feel like you need support, here is a list of resources for mental health support for healthcare workers I have compiled in an easy-to-access format. This list is by no means exhaustive and can be used by anyone. As health care workers, it is really important to look after yourself first in these challenging times, as I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase: ‘you won’t be able to look after others if you don’t look after yourself first’. I hope this list helps.

Mental health support for healthcare workers: Resources and Contacts

If you prefer to phone

0300 131 7000 is a confidential staff support line from Samaritans for NHS staff. (Open between 07:00-23:00 everyday).

If you prefer to text

Text FRONTLINE to 85258 for 24/7 text support

If you prefer to read

Similarly, there is a selection of NHS guides to be found here covering useful topics such as an ABC guide to Resilience, Personal Resilience and creating a ten minute pause space (a place to reset and recharge).

Websites

Able Futures is a useful signposting website if you feel anxiety relating to work or think anxiety is affecting your work. It offers free support to employees (in Great Britain) on behalf of the department for work and pensions.

Their free number to call is 0800 321 3137

They also have a number of helpful pages on their website dealing specifically with topics such as Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Wellbeing and Sleep.

Coping Methods

Mental health charity Mind has specific strategies you can follow to help you manage difficult symptoms you might be experiencing.

Mental health support for healthcare workers

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