The local NHS is encouraging health and care staff living or working in Humber and North Yorkshire to access free mental health support via the Resilience Hub.
Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership have established the dedicated resource to support staff grappling with the lasting impact of COVID-19 on health and care services.
Since the launch of the Hub in February 2021, there have been 1,600 referrals and 110 employees supported through the Teams Training Pathway – with 99% of all staff who completed feedback forms recommending the service.
The Resilience Hub offers confidential and independent support that can help with a range of issues including emotional wellbeing, bereavement, domestic abuse, stress and relationship issues.
Dr Nigel Wells, GP and Executive Director of Clinical and Professional at NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB, said: “All our staff work incredibly hard and are dedicated to providing our population with the best care and services possible. However, with the unprecedented demand and pressures facing our NHS, there can be a knock-on effect, and it is crucial that our staff have access to mental health resources.
“Research shows that health and care workers are at higher risk of developing mental health conditions if not adequately supported. We are committed to supporting the mental wellbeing of our staff and it’s vital that they feel comfortable coming forward and seeking help when they need it.”
The last few years have been difficult for everyone – with a global pandemic, the rising cost of living and the pressures of everyday life. On top of this, staff working within the health, social and emergency sectors continue to face extreme pressures due to the system-wide demand on services.
It is estimated that hospital staff absences are up by 40%, with one of the most common reasons for healthcare workers being anxiety, stress, depression, and other psychological illnesses.
The Resilience Hub can be accessed by health and care staff at their convenience by simply completing a wellbeing questionnaire on the website or by contacting email@example.com.
Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership have a range of additional resources available to staff, including the HNY Our People app, staff wellbeing groups, and frequent wellbeing events open to all staff and volunteers across our region.
For more information about what support is available for staff, please click here.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 15 – 21 May, and anxiety is the theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health. Members of the public can find a range of mental health resources on the new Let’s Get Better website.