There are many amazing people out there who are continuing to work to look after the vulnerable and to keep us safe. Nurses, doctors, care assistants, shop workers, police and paramedics and many more. While you are keeping us safe, we at Let It Out want to make sure you have all the resources you need to cope.
Healthcare workers in direct contact with coronavirus patients have an increased risk of PTSD and depression. The stress of the job, shortage of PPE and lack of communication from the government are all factors facing these workers.
Social care, shop, and civil service workers all continue their jobs. Maintaining a social distance can be impossible sometimes, causing a lot of stress about bringing the virus home and spreading it further.
The mental health of these workers is being severely affected. Symptoms like depression, anxiety, stress, panic attacks and insomnia can begin to occur. It can be tempting to bury these emotions until this is all over, but it is important to deal with them as they come.
Most workplaces have introduced new measures to keep staff safe and clients safe. However this can mean an overload of information and policies for staff to learn. It can be incredibly hard to keep up with this causing workers even more stress.
This change from our normal life to the one we are currently living in is traumatic. Having to work and put yourself in danger is traumatic. Witnessing severe illness and death is traumatic. It is important to realise this and go easy on yourself.
Social media and the news are overrun with articles about coronavirus. It can be easy to become overwhelmed looking at social media, especially with the large amount of fear-mongering.Choose a reputable news source and stick to that for your information.
This helpline has been set up for frontline workers to help with any mental health issues. There is a helpline open from 7am to 11pm on 0300 131 7000 and the textline is open 24/7 on 85258
Many mental health apps are given out free subscriptions to NHS staff. Meditation and monitoring your mood is a great way to keep an eye on your mental health.
Accept that you are dealing with a very stressful and traumatic situation. As this will last for another while longer, try a coping technique like the one in the link below.
Click the link below to see the a list of trusted news sources. There is a lot of misinformation about coronavirus out there. Limiting where you get your news from can help to protect you from the fear mongering happening online.
Social workers are ensuring that those who are most vulnerable in our society are still being cared for. Click below to see the covid-19 framework for your type of social care
Those who are still going to work may face abuse from the public, stress and anxiety and many other issues. Remember that you have rights and if you are uncomfortable with the protection your employer is providing you do have options.