Wellbeing and mental health for Nurses  

 

Even before Covid-19, nurses have had to contend with highly stressful jobs leading to high rates of mental illness. Nurses work in a range of settings, with high levels of individual responsibility and are often the primary contact for the patient and relatives, coordinating care and providing compassion at difficult times. Many nurses report high levels of stress and almost one quarter of sickness absence for nursing staff is due to anxiety, stress, depression, or other psychiatric illness. The level of suicidality in nurses is also estimated to be around 23% higher than the national average, with female nurses particularly affected.

If you are affected by suicidal thoughts please contact The Samaritans by calling 116 123 or our crisis text service – Text Frontline to 85258.

 

One in five nurses are understood to come from BAME backgrounds, a group that has been particularly hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and this will have placed additional stress on the workforce, with many having been exposed to the virus and potentially lost friends or family as a result of the illness.

Outside of the workplace, nurses may be exposed to financial pressures and worries where partners have been unable to work, which may also lead to relationship difficulties. A report by the Cavell Trust in 2019 found that not only are nurses twice as likely to suffer financial hardship, but nurses are three times more likely to face domestic abuse than the public.

 

Resources 

If you recognise any of these issues and feel like you may need some support with your mental wellbeing take a look at the range of resources below.

Royal College of Nursing

RCN members can contact the 24/7 service for support on 0345 772 6100 which covers a range of issues including wellbeing, money and housing.

For more information Click here 

NMC Careline

For nurses undergoing regulatory investigations the NMC provides a 24/7 helpline with access to trained counsellors - Call 0800 587 7396

For more information click here 

With you in mind 

Consultations in Crisis is a service offering support sessions to NHS and Social Care staff. Whether about professional or personal matters, or your situation at work, we want to do what we can to help and we hope that the opportunity to talk may offer some relief and support. We can also support reflective practice activities.

For information please click here

We are also producing podcasts. The first episode, Trying to Humanise an Alien Environment  with Marcus Evans, is now available. Listen here