While mental health is important all year round, Mental Health Week (Monday 18th - Sunday 24th May) gives us a chance to have open discussions and raise awareness of mental health.

This year, it's more important than ever for you to be kind to yourself as a nurse or carer. The coronavirus outbreak has turned everyone's daily lives upside down, but as workers on the frontline, nurses and carers are particularly likely to be affected by what's going on.

Indeed, in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness week is kindness.

The Mental Health Foundation says: “Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity... it is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health”. 

Following the Mental Health Foundation’s guidance, here's our advice for looking after your own mental health during this time...

1. Share your feelings 

2. Create a routine

3. Keep active 

4. Eat well 

For more guidance on looking after your mental health during this time you can access the Mental Health Foundation’s resources here

Staying safe

We appreciate the incredible work you’re doing every day on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.

Florence is continuing to work to keep you, residents and care homes protected from the spread of infection. If you are unsure, please see our guidelines on what we are doing to help all Florence users, as well as see our policy for nurses and carers to follow during this time.

If you have any questions, please get in touch by calling your account manager on 020 3911 2555, or emailing us at [email protected]