A new mental health at work campaign is targeting the social care workforce.
The Take a Breath campaign led by Our Frontline, a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aims to support health and social care workers.
Support through the campaign, which is being supported by TV presenter Fearne Cotton, includes:
- Samaritans’ core 24/7 helpline;
- Samaritans’ dedicated support line for health and social care workers available 7am – 11pm, 7 days a week;
- Hospice UK’s ‘Just B’ bereavement and trauma support line available 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week;
- Shout 85258’s 24/7 text service;
- Resources, advice and guides from the four charities on themes like dealing with grief or wellbeing toolkits for educators; and
- Signposting to industry specific support services.
A spokesperson for Samaritans said: “Those in the role of carer can often be the last to ask for help themselves. Within some professions, there is a stigma associated with mental health and we want to help break down any barriers preventing frontline workers from reaching out for support and seeking help.
“We’re concerned about the prolonged nature of this pandemic and lack of respite frontline workers have had. With the high levels of stress they are under, it’s vital that social care workers prioritise their wellbeing and reach out to get support through Our Frontline if they are struggling at the moment.
“Often it is after a period of recovery that mental health concerns can come to light, such as burnout and PTSD symptoms, so support needs to address the long-term impact and future repercussions of the pandemic on these key workers’ mental health. Our key workers need to be supported well into the future to recover and rebuild their resilience, long after the acute effects of the pandemic have diminished.”