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Protecting the mental health of frontline workers fighting COVID-19

Researchers from the University of Nottingham have launched a free online resource to provide support and advice for healthcare staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whilst working on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic, staff and students are facing challenging situations. The effects of which may have long-term effects on emotional wellbeing. It is, therefore, important that healthcare workers are provided with information to feel empowered and able to support their own, their colleagues and patients psychological health.

This is where Dr Holly Blake, Health Psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with the University of Leicester, has stepped up to offer support for the community. Dr Blake has devised and developed an easily navigable resource containing key guidance, information and signposting for frontline workers.

The comprehensive free online resource addresses both specific impacts of working during COVID-19, such as the prospects of making morally challenging decisions if limited resources arise and dealing with grief and fear, in addition to guidance on rest breaks, fatigue, communication and support for family and friends. The tool also includes information about how to create a psychologically safe workplace.

“There is a huge array of information and guidance out there but this could be daunting for anyone looking for support. We have brought together information about psychological wellbeing for healthcare workers, including tips from experts in the medical and academic sphere and essential signposting to help staff cope with the current situation.”

Dr Holly Blake, Health Psychologist & Associate Professor, the University of Nottingham

“This package is so timely. We have all received this as part of our team wellbeing support during the pandemic, to have someone describe exactly how you feel is amazing. I’ve learned a lot straight away, but it’s also reassured me that it’s OK to feel wobbly and that’s normal”.

Rosie Pickford, Registered Nurse