Two separate studies released recently have highlighted the impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on the mental health of charity workers.
Ecclesiastical’s Charity Risk Barometer study found that nearly half of charities see staff burnout amid the Covid-19 pandemic as “a significant threat” to their operations, with remote working, redundancies and increased demand taking their toll on the mental health of charity staff.
Among the respondents, 44% said they see burnout as a significant threat to their operations and two-thirds said charity staff are experiencing an increase in stress levels.
Another study carried out by Third Sector found that 9 in 10 charity workers say they have felt stressed, overwhelmed or burnout over the past year.
The survey of more than 350 charity workers also found that the main causes of those feelings were the Covid-19 crisis, poor work-life balance, funding concerns and a lack of job security. More than four-fifths of the survey respondents said they were more likely to put themselves in situations that led to stress, burnout or feelings of mental exhaustion if their charity’s cause area or service users were going through a crisis.
Mental health at work resources for charities
With the mental health and wellbeing of charity staff an increasing concern, we have put together the below list of resources. These can help charities better understand mental health in the workplace and put measures in place to improve the wellbeing of their workers and volunteers.
Mind have produced a series of free resources to help improve mental wellbeing in the workplace, including help with supporting staff through the coronavirus pandemic, adopting the six ‘mental health core standards’ in the workplace, free Wellness Action Plans (WAPs) and more.
To find out more, visit: https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-your-staff/useful-resources/
Mind also have a dedicated section for employees to where they can learn how to be mentally healthy at work. This covers subjects such as managing stress and anxiety at work, building resilience, managing a difficult work-life balance and much more.
Mental Health At Work is a website dedicated to providing advice, guidance and support to help employers.
They have a detailed Coronavirus toolkit to help during the winter lockdown and beyond, as well as hundreds of specific resources to help with mental wellbeing at work. For charities, they have a dedicated “Supporting staff mental health in the voluntary sector” toolkit.
The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) website has a host of guides and factsheets on promoting employee wellbeing within your organisation.
This includes guides on employee health and wellbeing, low pay and financial wellbeing, managing and supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse, offering compassionate bereavement support and much more.
To find out more, visit: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/culture/well-being
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has a dedicated series of publications, resources, tools and checklist on the subject of stress at work.
This includes a free PDF version copy of the book ‘Tackling work-related stress using the Management Standards approach’ – a step-by-step workbook to help your organisation meet its legal duty to assess the risks to its employees from work-related stress and gives advice and practical guidance on how to manage work-related stress.
To find out more, visit: https://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/resources.htm
The Mental Health Foundation have a guide on ‘How to support mental health at work’. After reading this guide you should:
- have an idea of how to manage your own mental health at work
- have an idea of how to reach out to a colleague in distress
- have an idea how you can work with others to make your workplace more mentally healthy for everyone.
Download the guide here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-support-mental-health-work
Acas, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, have a series of resources about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, organised into sections for ‘Employers’, ‘Managers’ and ‘Everyone’.
These include videos on supporting mental health at work as well as related advice, guides and training events.
To find out more, visit: https://www.acas.org.uk/mental-health-resources
Anxiety UK has a resource library dedicated to offering support and guidance for coronavirus anxiety – or ‘coronanxiety’.
This features a range of information, resources and support for helping you understand how to deal with your anxiety during these difficult times while Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting on our lives – including in the workplace.
To find out more, visit: https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/
The NHS Apps Library lists a host of different third-party apps that can be used by staff and managers to monitor and support mental wellbeing.
Some of the apps need to be paid for, but the majority of them are free.
To see the list of mental health apps, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/ – where you can also search for other topics such as ‘stress’, ‘anxiety’, ‘depression’ etc.
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