Are you struggling to know what you can do to help?
Key workers have been praised as heroes throughout this pandemic and celebrated for their dedication. However what many don’t see is the impact that COVID-19 has had on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of frontline workers.
The exceptional pressure that health and care staff have been under during this pandemic may go largely unnoticed to some, but if you live with someone that has worked on the frontline throughout this pandemic you may be seeing the toll it has or is taking.
Let them know you are there
It’s important to let the person you are worried about know that you are there for them and either simply thinking of them or available to talk. By opening the lines of communication with them and checking in it lets them know they have somewhere to turn to. You can do this via telephone, video message or even a simple text.
If they do decide to open up and talk to you, it’s important for you to know that it’s not up to you to fix things for them. You’re not an expert and can’t always solve people’s problems, but by simply listening you can help them manage how they are feeling.
Remain in touch
Be sure to keep the lines of communication open. If they don’t respond initially, try again, it might just not have been the right time for them. If they do engage and you’re worried that they aren’t sharing how they really feel, don’t be afraid to ask again. Sometimes people need an extra chance to open up.
Encourage action where needed
The MindEd COVID-19 Resilience Hub has content designed to be rapidly accessible and provide quick help when needed.
If someone needs help now, you can direct them to our support service helpline or chat function. The service is open from 8am to 8pm, every day, including weekends and bank holidays.
Or call the freephone number 0808 1963833.
Outside of these hours, help is available from the Samaritans, on freephone 116 123.