Mental Health Grants are being introduced by The Care Workers Charity to help social care workers cope with workplace stress that has been exacerbated by COVID-19.
The charity is also looking at offering sessions of therapy or counselling from licensed professionals tailored to the needs of the individual, and is currently running trials to identify partners to deliver this.
Karolina Gerlich, Executive Director at The Care Workers’ Charity, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has shown the resilience and determination of care and support workers as they have continued to care for the most vulnerable members of our society. The toll on the mental health of care and support workers has been great, long before the pandemic. However, COVID-19 has exasperated the mental wellbeing of individuals who may have struggled with their mental health previously and people who have never previously struggled with anxiety or depression are now finding their mental health is suffering.
“We are now appealing for support and donations to this fund to help us ensure care workers receive the right type of guidance and support to help them through what has been a very dark period for most.”
In a survey conducted during the early months of the pandemic by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) 80% of respondents “reported very negative experiences” with 56% feeling worse or much worse in terms of their physical and mental wellbeing.
Please donate by following the fundraising link here: https://thecareworkerscharity.enthuse.com/cf/mental-health-appeal