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Managing Mental Health
during Coronavirus

Employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, including their mental health and wellbeing. Workers may need additional mental health support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, particularly if they already have mental health conditions.

Not everyone will show obvious signs of a lowering mental health, so it’s important not to make assumptions. There has never been a more important time to have a plan in place than when many employees are working from home, on ‘furlough’ and managing childcare whilst working.

This page will signpost to important resources for employers to help you support your staff’s mental health.

Coronavirus & Mental Health

A range of resources for businesses and employees to support mental health

Home/Remote Workers

Mental health support and advice for those working remotely

Office-Based Workers

Support for those working from an office during the pandemic

For Employers

Essential guidance on your responsbilities as an employer

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Local organisations that are here to help

Worcestershire Works Well

Worcestershire Works Well is a free health and wellbeing accreditation scheme that has been in place for over 10 years locally.

For many organisations, coronavirus is creating a lot of uncertainty which may be having an impact on businesses and workers in several ways. As England begins its second national lockdown into the colder and darker months, employers play a hugely important role in looking after employee’s mental health and wellbeing.

Time to Change Worcestershire

Time to Change Worcestershire was created by the national social movement ‘Time to Change’ after counties across the UK were chosen as a hub to shine a spotlight on mental health both in the business and residential communities.

The initiative is made up of a number of local organisations, including Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, and leads the way in breaking down stereotypes associated with poor mental health locally.

Herefordshire Council

Herefordshire Council is sharing regular information for how businesses and residents can stay safe during the pandemic through its ‘Stay Safe’ campaign, including how employers can look after their employees.

Visit their website for details of organisations locally that are outlining best practice for businesses who are taking proactive steps to protect staff’s mental health and wellbeing.

Herefordshire Mind

Herefordshire Mind is the local branch of national mental health charity, Mind.

The organisation provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem, campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Its website signposts to important information for businesses and residents alike, including its Safe Haven space for anyone experiencing emotional distress.

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