Tomorrow, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. For this reason, the September/October issue of Care Home Management magazine has adopted the theme of care home staff mental health.
The publication of the issue follows the launch of Care Sourcer’s free Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which supports all care staff, and the publication next month of the new Care Workers’ Charity report, The Beating Heart ofCare: Supporting Care Workers Better.
There are also a wealth of resources for employers to support better employee mental health [online] from the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, which runs the suicide awareness event.
The statistics make clear that this is an overwhelming concern for residential care staff:
- According to CV-Library, 86.4 per cent of care staff state that their job makes them feel stressed (compared to the nation average of 67.7 per cent)
- Nearly half of UK care home workers leave the job within a year and care workers in the UK face a suicide risk that is almost twice the national average, according to the Independent newspaper
- Personal reasons top the motives for leaving the care profession (Skills for Care).
This month and next, there are a variety of initiatives designed to support staff to better mental health. Among these are International Week of Happiness at Work (September 23 – 27). This is followed up, on Thursday 10 October, by World Mental Health Day.
Take care out there. Your residents need you.