Support is available for you:
SHOUT free text message service –text FRONTLINE to 85258
PHE Mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19
NHS Every Mind Matters website
Samaritans and NHS –confidential support line for NHS workers in England
NHS Care home psychological wellbeing guidance guidance for staff
NHS Wellbeing of care home staff guidance for managers and leaders
Health Wellbeing Info for Social Care Staff
Action for Happiness – has good tips on being kind to others (and to their staff). It is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society: https://www.actionforhappiness.org/
Financial Support –The Care Workers’ Charity was founded in 2009 with the objective of supporting current and former care workers with one-off crisis grants. They provide crisis grants to people have worked in a paid role in the UK’s care sector and are involved in or support the provision of care. This includes people who have been involved in residential social care, home care, supported living care or day care. Staff can apply for financial support from : https://www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk/
Croydon Talking Therapies (IAPT) is providing immediate support to front line/key workers in the Borough. Simply call 020 2338 4040 and state you are a staff member and you will be connected to a clinician who you can talk to, confidentially, about how you’re feeling.
Psychological First Aid principles – freely available if any managers are not sure how to approach support for all their staff, it is an idea to give them in terms of facilitating staff group sessions or for 1:1 use when a distressing events happen.
Death of a co-worker – The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are asking all employers to tell them about the deaths of all types of workers in the adult social care sector, regardless of role or employer, and including volunteers. Please click here for guidance informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care.
National Mental Health resources
There are a range of resources that have been designed specifically for Covid-19:
The range of support packages is being constantly expanded, so please keep an eye out for further information.
Click on the Croydon Council COVID wellbeing pages for further information