The Care Workers’ Charity is appealing for financial help to issue mental health grants for people working in the social care sector offering sessions of therapy or counselling from licensed professionals tailored to the needs of the individual.

Research from the charity showed that the mental health of care and support workers was suffering before the coronavirus pandemic.

The findings reported care workers are finding themselves in-work poverty, and worse, suffering from mental health issues due to their low paid and emotionally charged frontline roles as carers.

Since then, the charity says “the toll on mental health has been and continues to be massive”.

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.”

She said the charity is appealing for support and donations to the fund to help it ensure care workers receive “the right type of guidance and support to help them through what has been a very dark period for most”.

Donations to the Care Workers’ Charity can be made here

Date published: September 11, 2020

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