Covid-19 has brought with it a multitude of challenges, including a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of both children and adults. The Office for National Statistics has reported that 69% of adults in the UK are feeling somewhat or very worried about the effect Covid-19 is having on their life, with 56% reporting feeling stressed or anxious. As employers, you have a duty and responsibility to support your employees’ health and wellbeing as well as the responsibility to support this with the children you care for. Some Childcare Settings may have already reopened and will have experienced the effects the virus has had on its employees but it is important to bear in mind that sometimes the effects of a trauma can appear long after the trauma has occurred. This fear and stress could be ongoing or manifest long after you have reopened, particularly if there are ongoing considerations in relation to staffing levels, social distancing and threat of redundancies.
It is important to take time to support your own mental health, as well as the mental health of staff you have working for you. A number of ways this could be done are outlined within our Autumn edition of Y Bont, available now on our website, which is wholly focused on wellbeing.
Mind Cymru, with funding from Welsh Government, is offering a free six-week guided self-help programme that can help with:
Funding for the programme is available until November 2020, and further information can be found through this link https://www.mind.org.uk/AMWalesTweet