Last reviewed 26 February 2021
Recognising that they have pushed their minds and bodies to the limit over the last year, the NHS is helping staff to look after their mental health with 40 dedicated support hubs set to open across the country.
Staff will be able to access services over the phone with onward referral to online and one-to-one expert help from qualified mental health clinicians, therapists, recovery workers and psychologists.
The hubs are free of charge and offer confidential advice and support to NHS staff who, for the last year, have cared for millions of people with coronavirus while keeping vital services such as maternity, mental health and cancer care going.
NHS’ National Mental Health Director, Claire Murdoch, said: “NHS staff are used to dealing with the extremes of life on a daily basis, but this year has been exceptional, and in what is likely to be the toughest year in their career, staff have put their minds and bodies to the limit treating hundreds of thousands of seriously ill-patients with Covid-19”.
Mental health and wellbeing hubs are starting to open across the country in places including North East London, Bedfordshire, and Lancashire.
The hubs have been modelled on the success of the Greater Manchester Resilience Hub which was set up to treat all those affected by the Manchester terrorist attack in 2017, including NHS staff.
Mental health issues contribute to staff absence and, during the first wave of the pandemic, a new helpline, a 24/7 text service, and free access to wellbeing apps were set up for NHS staff struggling with their wellbeing.
Chief People Officer for the NHS, Prerana Issar, said: “To all my NHS colleagues, it’s imperative that you reach out for support if you need it including using the range of resources available on our nhs.people.uk site”.