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Staff need support to deal with mental health challenges

21 May 2021

Unite has called for action, including full consultation with unions, to deal with the mental health challenges faced by staff due to the pandemic.

Unite commented after a report by the NHS Confederation lcalled for local leaders to ensure staff have ‘decompression time’ to deal with the pandemic’s impact.

Unite national officer for health Jackie Williams said: ‘All workers need the appropriate help and support to recover from their experiences and it is essential that employers treat these challenges with the maximum amount of sensitivity.’

She also revealed that Unite’s own research had shown that ‘workers across the whole of the NHS [...] are suffering from increased mental health issues including depression, anxiety and in extreme cases post-traumatic stress disorder’.

Image credit | NHS Confederation

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