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A third of nurses say their mental health has become “very bad” according to poll
The coronavirus pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on the health and social care system. Staff are dealing with the extra physical demands of keeping people safe as well as the emotional fallout of losing colleagues and people they work with to the virus.
According to a poll of 3,500 nurses conducted by the Nursing Times, a third of nurses treating Covid-19 patients say their mental health has become “very bad” and this has been echoed in a YouGov poll for the Institute for Public Policy Research Institute, which found that more than half of health workers across the sector said the pandemic is having a “severe impact” on their mental health.
In order to try and support staff who are dealing with the outbreak, a COVID Trauma Response Working Group has been set up to help co-ordinate trauma-informed responses to the COVID outbreak.
The group have created guidance for staff in charge of putting in place psychological support for workers that are dealing with the outbreak, which highlights three key areas:
Nursing Times: Exclusive: Nursing Times survey reveals the negative impact of Covid-19 on nurse mental health
Website: Trauma Response Working Group
Trauma Response Working Group: Rapid guidance
It has been an incredibly challenging time for frontline workers and this guidance is full of useful tips that will be valuable to managers across health, education and social care settings.
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