Mental Health and Healthcare Workers

 Although many organisations provide support in dealing with mental health issues for front line healthcare workers, this support is often generic in nature and content. The issues explored by PMH Consultancy and Education Ltd in relation to mental health among front line healthcare workers during the pandemic are based on evidence based research undertaken in other countries who experienced the Covid 19 pandemic much earlier. As such the lessons learnt in dealing with the challenges associated with this and the impact this has had on front line healthcare workers was a key factor in developing resources and strategies associated with supporting front line healthcare workers.

PMH Consultancy and Education Ltd's videos  and resources focus on raising awareness of mental health among front line healthcare workers and advocates the need to talk about this. This would be with the aim of breaking down the barriers around the continued stigma where expressing feelings and emotions associated with not being able to cope is still regarded as unprofessional by some. The videos and resources draw from the evidence based research provided in the guidance developed by the Intensive Care Society, which were further expanded by the Tomlin et al (2020). The guidance advocates the need to examine front line healthcare workers' responses to the stresses and anxieties associated with supporting patients during a pandemic within the context of the following main 4 phases:

  • Preparation Phase (which would have occurred before the pandemic)
  •  Pre Phase (which would have occurred at the beginning of the pandemic)
  • Initial and Core Phases ( the full scale of the pandemic with multiples cases of Covid admissions)
  • End and Longer Term Phase (which is the continued impact of the Covid pandemic, what happens at the end of the pandemic and the long term impact of this .
  • Each of these phases explore in detail the Individual and Organisational Responses. The key focus is the need to understand one's own strengths and needs as an individual and how this fits in within the context of the organisational response to ensure that early intervention is advocated. 

References

  1. Highfield, J., Johnston, E., Jones, T., Kinman, G., Maunder, R., Monaghan, L., et al. (2020). The Psychological needs of healtcare staff as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Br. Psychol. Soc.
  2. Intensive Care Society (2020). Advice For Sustaining Staff Wellbeing In Critical Care During And Beyond Covid-19. London: Intensive Care Society.
  3. Tomlin, J et al (2020) Psychosocial Support for Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Department of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany School of Community Health & Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom..

 

 

Please contact us on info@pmhcande.com for further details on what support is available to deal with the challenges associated with working in challenging environments and the impact on mental health and well-being.

Promoting and raising awareness of mental health among healthcare workers!