These include counselling services for NHS staff, helplines and intensive psychological support for post-traumatic stress disorder, through its 241 NHS member charities covering the entire UK. Funding has also supported staff with practical needs like food, drink and a place to rest, enabling staff to continue with their vital life-saving work. Howard Lake | 21 April 2021 | News “The public showed overwhelming support for NHS staff over the last year, and we need to continue to be there for them, now and in the longer term as the NHS recovers from the most challenging time in its history. Just over half the NHS staff surveyed reported that their mental health had declined since the start of the pandemic. Of these 67% reported anxiety and 35% depression. dealing with the continuing impact of Covid-19tackling the backlog of other patients who desperately need treatmentand making sure their own mental health is not a casualty of the crisis. Photo: NHS Charities Together NHS Charities Together has launched a fundraising appeal to help ensure support for NHS staff as the pandemic stretches into a second year. not being able to see friends and family (61%)not being able to make plans for the future (31%)concern about passing on Covid-19 to someone close to them (31%)worrying about their increased risks of catching and being seriously affected by Covid-19 (24%)and seeing the impact of Covid-19 on patients and their families (23%). Mental health difficulties for NHS staff 812 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Thirteen months after the first national Covid-19 lockdown NHS Charities Together has published research that confirms that the public is still grateful for the work of NHS staff during the crisis. 86% of the general public agree NHS staff have been ‘there for us’ during the pandemic66% say the hard work of NHS staff during the pandemic makes them proud to be British. NHS healthcare workers remain the most respected of any profession among the general public surveyed (63%). Tagged with: COVID-19 mental health AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. They said that the greatest impact on their mental health and been due to: “The NHS is doing all it can to support staff in this area, but the scale of the challenge is so huge. They need all of our support. It makes a huge difference for them knowing the public has got their back.” Speaking about the research and the appeal, Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together said: The charity will use the funds raised through the appeal to ramp up the mental health and wellbeing programmes and facilities available for staff across the UK. Following the generous support from the public last year NHS Charities Together has so far allocated £125 million in a range of projects supporting staff, patients and volunteers. After a year of unrelenting demand NHS staff face the triple challenge of The YouGov survey of NHS workers and the general public reports that: Charity campaign for NHS staff asks public to ‘be there for them’ The charity is an umbrella organisation made up of 241 NHS member charities based within hospitals, mental health trusts, ambulance trusts, community health trusts and health boards across the UK. Advertisement The focus for the Be There for Them appeal is on raising funds to put longer term mental health support in place for NHS staff as they continue to tackle the challenge of dealing with Covid-19 while addressing all the other health needs of the communities they serve.