Support for NHS Staff

Building a partnership with the NHS

  • The Covid-19 pandemic is having profound social, psychological and economic impacts all over the world. Samaritans is seeing the direct impact of coronavirus on people’s wellbeing across the UK and Ireland.
  • In the first three months of lockdown, Samaritans provided support over half a million times to people struggling to cope, via phone and email. One in four of our calls were from people who were specifically concerned about Covid-19.
  • As well as supporting callers via our national helplines, Samaritans has a long and proud tradition of supporting its local communities.
  • In this difficult time, we’d like to offer some additional support to all the NHS staff who work in Gloucestershire including GP practices and Care staff, in recognition of the impact the ongoing pandemic is having on all staff.
  • The Gloucester branch of Samaritans covers all the Forest of Dean, Stroud, Dursley and Berkley Vale areas, as well as Gloucester. We should like to offer a selection of relevant and useful resources to the staff working in these areas and offer an ongoing friendship between these organisations.
  • ‘Our Frontline’ offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.
  • ‘Our Frontline’ is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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Dedicated Support Line

  • Call 0800 069 6222
  • In partnership with the NHS, Samaritans run a dedicated support line for NHS and social care staff.
  • This is a free phone line, open 7 days a week between 7am to 11.00pm.
  • Calls are answered by trained Samaritan volunteers and remain anonymous and confidential.
Self-help and awareness videos

Samaritans has developed a number of short videos that can be used as part of a digital communication or presentation. These are the selection that felt most relevant to NHS and Care staff:

Take care of your mental health

How to support someone self harming

Muscle relaxation

Breathing techniques

Samaritans Self-help App

  • The Samaritans self-help app helps individuals keep track of how they are feeling, and provides recommendations of things they can do to help themselves cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis.
  • The self-help app can be accessed via the website or via the QR code shown below.