Who cares for the carers? Impact of pandemic on carers' mental health

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Health professionals have issued a stark warning about the crisis which could be looming if carers' mental health needs aren't addressed at this critical phase in the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to a survey carried out by a Social Workers Union (SWU) it found that a third of social workers are considering quitting the profession in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Behind this figure shows the significant impact of working through the crisis has had on practitioners’ mental health. There was also widespread anticipation of a surge in referrals as the lockdown eases.

Some social workers and nurses around the region who have been on the frontline against coronavirus have described the stresses they have faced.

Complex Case Manager Vicky Bundy says there were times throughout the pandemic where she was 'completely exhausted both mentally and physically'

A Community Care Worker from Wakefield says the last few months working through the pandemic have been 'horrendous'.

Managers around the region say they recognise the mental health struggles their staff may face and are taken steps to adapt to an ever-changing situation

  • NHS staff wishing to seek support can do so by clicking here

  • The NHS mental health support phone line 0300 131 7000 and is open between 7am and 11pm every day, while the text service will be available 24/7 by simply texting FRONTLINE to 85258.