The Care Workers’ Charity launches a Mental Health Support Programme today, to support the UK’s social care workforce.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the mental health of the social care workforce. Care workers are said to be struggling with insomnia, anxiety, depression and PTSD as a direct result of their role and evidence from the Government Select Committee points to a great many more care workers facing ‘total burnout’.
Karolina Gerlich, Executive Director of The Care Workers’ Charity, said: “Everyday care workers go above and beyond to provide much needed support – this has been especially true during the pandemic, which has put their mental health under additional strain.
“Our Mental Health Support Programme aims to bridge the shortfall in mental health resources for those working in the social care sector; which we hope will not only improve individual wellbeing and resilience in the short term, but also go a long way towards increasing staff retention rates, reducing workforce shortages, as well as leaves of absence and sickness related to mental ill health.”
One carer quoted by the charity said: “I experienced sleepless nights and panic attacks, worried if I was going to bring this terrible virus home to my family.
“The financial assistance from the charity has removed some of the stress involved by ensuring that I am able to pay my bills and concentrate on taking care of my family and the residents in my care at a time when carers are under pressure like never before and the world is a very scary and uncertain place.”
If you would like to help us to support care workers in crisis, please visit: https://thecareworkerscharity.enthuse.com/cf/mental-health-appeal