Social care staff coping with anxiety during coronavirus crisis

29th May 2020

To all social care staff reading this, please don’t forget how important you are.

This is the second in a series of blogs sharing tips and resources to cope with common issues that our staff tell us they are experiencing during the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus is a constantly developing situation and we have done our best to be responsive to the latest information and guidance so our staff and the people we support are kept as safe as possible.

A huge thank you to all our staff, the people we support and their families – you have all been amazing.

We know social care staff rarely put themselves first, and we are doing everything we can to encourage them to access the wide range support available to them.

It is perfectly natural for staff to feel anxious and worried – they are working in exceptionally challenging circumstances. If you or one of your colleagues is struggling with anxiety then there is lots of useful support and information. You are definitely not alone, so please don’t be afraid to share your feelings.

Coping with anxiety and worry

The NHS Every Mind Matters website has some great resources:

“The good news is there are plenty of things you can try to help cope with anxiety. We also have specific tips and expert advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing if you are feeling worried or anxious about coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Mental health charity Mind has resources that explain anxiety and panic attacks and includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Dealing with Uncertainty During the Coronavirus Pandemic
HelpGuide is a US publication, but this article is is relevant for everyone: “Life is filled with uncertainty, especially at times like this. While many things remain outside your control, your mindset is key to coping with difficult circumstances and facing the unknown.”

Please take the time out to look after yourselves, and stay safe and healthy. If you are struggling at any time, please don’t be afraid to ask for help, we are all in this together and need to look out for each other.

Kirsty Millward

FitzRoy Head of Quality