This week Nottingham and Warrington join South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Liverpool City Region on the highest restriction level in England. The Tier 3 measures see millions of people live with tightening restrictions in a bid to curb the rising coronavirus rates that are mounting more and more pressure on our key workers.

In local lockdown areas particularly, many of the key workers who are keeping our nation going have had little respite since the first wave earlier this year. As well as the risks to their physical health, the mental wellbeing of those working on the frontline during this pandemic is vulnerable too. That is why Our Frontline is reminding key workers of the support available and urging them to make the most of it.

Samaritans, Mind, Shout 85258 and Hospice UK launched Our Frontline, with the support of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to provide UK-wide, round the clock, 1-2-1 support by text or phone call and online mental health and bereavement resources to key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic at www.ourfrontline.org.

Ruth Sutherland, CEO of Samaritans, said: 

“Our key workers are placing themselves at risk in order to protect the rest of us. The prolonged nature of this pandemic coupled with tightened restrictions that take away the things that usually offer relief, such as seeing loved ones and enjoying activities outside of the home, can take a real toll on our mental health. It’s vital that our frontline know they don’t have to face anything alone and that we are here to help them as much as they are helping us.”

Victoria Hornby, CEO of Mental Health Innovations, which runs Shout 85258, the 24/7 text support service added: 

“People in a position of helping others can often be the last to ask for help. Since the national lockdown, our volunteers have had text conversations with thousands of frontline staff who are struggling and many had never asked for help before. We want to encourage people who may be feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious or struggling in other ways to reach out because expressing your feelings and being listened to can make a real difference.”

Tracey Bleakley, CEO of Hospice UK, said:

“With the high number of deaths from Covid-19 comes an even greater need to support people with bereavement, death and grief. Our Frontline is here to provide that expert help and advice for all key workers who are trying to manage during these unprecedented times.”

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said:

“As different restrictions are imposed in different parts of the country, it’s likely we’ll see a knock-on impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing, especially among our key workers, who have been working relentlessly to try to keep the nation running despite the pandemic. While these measures are being put in place to help curb the spread of coronavirus, they can also be difficult to deal with. We know that many key workers are just ‘getting on with it’ but it’s really important anyone struggling with their mental health doesn’t put off seeking support, as mental health problems are far easier to treat if caught early. Our Frontline was specifically created to help make sure key workers can access tailored 24 hour support so we’re urging anyone that might benefit from it to take a look and access the support available.”

Visit www.ourfrontline.org to find out more and text FRONTLINE, BLUELIGHT or KEYWORKER to 85258 for a free, confidential chat with a volunteer right now.

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