The Care Workers’ Charity (CWC) is preparing to introduce Mental Health Grants for people working in the social care sector.
The charity is appealing for donations to help ensure care workers receive the right type of guidance and support to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.
It is also looking at offering sessions of therapy or counselling from licensed professionals tailored to the needs of the individual, and is currently running trials to identify partners to deliver this.
The news comes amid a growing concern for the mental health and wellbeing of frontline care staff.
Research from the CWC shows that care and support workers were suffering from mental health issues due to their emotionally-charged roles even before the coronavirus existed.
Since then, Skills for Care has predicted a rise in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among care staff, and a survey conducted by YouGov in May found that one in two health and social care workers in the UK felt that their mental health has declined since the start of the pandemic.
The CWC believes that the new fund will help provide better quality support for care and support workers.
Karolina Gerlich, executive director at The Care Workers’ Charity, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has shown the resilience and determination of care and support workers as they have continued to care for the most vulnerable members of our society. The toll on the mental health of care and support workers has been great, long before the pandemic.
“However, Covid-19 has exasperated the mental wellbeing of individuals who may have struggled with their mental health previously and people who have never previously struggled with anxiety or depression are now finding their mental health is suffering.
“We are now appealing for support and donations to this fund to help us ensure care workers receive the right type of guidance and support to help them through what has been a very dark period for most.”
To donate to the Mental Health Grants appeal, click here.
A separate fund launched by the CWC has raised more than £2 million for care workers who are shielding, self-isolating or unable able to worker due to contracting COVID-19 or having to cover funeral costs for their next of kin.
It has also introduced a Child Care Costs grant exclusively for care workers.