The only charity offering mental health support for key health emergency workers has warned of a looming crisis on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19.
The Laura Hyde Foundation has been inundated with calls from nurses, doctors, paramedics and other emergency service workers since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
Compared to the same period in 2019, they have experienced an 88 per cent increase in requests for help from emergency workers.
This means that frontline NHS staff are not only experiencing increased rates of stress or anxiety, but they are experiencing serious mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
The foundation is now demanding more help for NHS workers suffering mental health issues.
It has launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the mental toll of the outbreak on medical professionals, instead of just the risks to their health.
Called, ‘No Mask for Mental Health’, the TV, poster and social media campaign features those fighting against Covid-19.
It reminds the nation that once lockdown lifts, and the risks of catching the disease begin to fall, life doesn’t simply go back to normal for those on the frontline.
Jennifer Hawkins, clinical lead at The Laura Hyde Foundation, said: “Healthcare staff everywhere have been really touched by all the love they’ve been getting from the public, but the label ‘hero’ can, at times, put them under even greater pressure.
“The harsh reality of their work is having a significant impact on mental health – and we must make it okay for medical professionals not to suffer in silence; to prescribe for themselves what they would prescribe for others and ask for help.”
She added: “That’s why we’re calling on the Government to ensure every NHS Trust in the country can deliver acute mental health care at the point of need. Our frontline workers are giving it everything, so should we.”