I am worried about someone I know
You might be struggling to know what you can do to help – that’s where we can help
Key workers have been praised as heroes throughout this pandemic and celebrated for their dedication. However what many don’t see is the impact that COVID-19 has had on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of frontline workers.
The exceptional pressure that health and care staff have been under during this pandemic may go largely unnoticed to some, but if you live with someone that has worked on the frontline throughout this pandemic you may be seeing the toll it has or is taking.
See some of our simple advice below and our resources page for more support.
Let them know you are there
It’s important to let the person you are worried about know that you are there for them and either simply thinking of them or available to talk. By opening the lines of communication with them and checking in it lets them know they have somewhere to turn to. You can do this via telephone, video message or even a simple text.
If they do decide to open up and talk to you, it’s important for you to know that it’s not up to you to fix things for them. You’re not an expert and can’t always solve people’s problems, but by simply listening you can help them manage how they are feeling.
Remain in touch
Be sure to keep the lines of communication open. If they don’t respond initially, try again, it might just not have been the right time for them. If they do engage and you’re worried that they aren’t sharing how they really feel, don’t be afraid to ask again. Sometimes people need an extra chance to open up.
Encourage action where needed
If you feel they could do with further support and advice encourage them to contact our team. Everything is confidential and we’ll be able to offer the right advice and support to suit them.
Supporting families, children and young people
Please see our family support pages for more information.
Page last updated: 7 July, 2021, 2:47pm