We understand there are many colleagues from BAME communities working in the NHS, health and social care sector who come from or have loved ones overseas.

We recognise the truly awful scale of this disease and the suffering it brings, including for families here worrying about their loved ones, especially when they cannot travel.

Here is some advice on how to access help and support:

Remember, like all Covid-19 pandemic waves, this spike in infections and deaths in India will pass. Support your staff, their family and loved ones to take the right precautions and tell them about how this has helped the waves in the UK to be managed. Share your knowledge and be positive.
Weigh up what you can affect and what you can’t. Focus on what you can do and consciously accept what you can’t change. It can help to discuss this with someone, staff network and say this acceptance out loud.
Once you know what you can do, for example raising money for charity, work on that trusting this will bring some relief to those that are suffering.
Don’t neglect yourself during this time. Stay healthy for those that need you. Eat healthy; keep exercising; sleep enough and keep connected to others.
Along with connection, don’t suffer alone. Talk to friends and family. Seek formal counselling if you think this will help.
Although it is tempting to look for news on social media, this can make you feel worse. Be careful about sharing upsetting stories, as this will likely upset others. Set aside a small part of your day to do this, say 30 minutes, and try not to exceed this amount of time.

The situation in overseas might bring about some worrying feelings, please contact us if you need help and support. We are available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on live chat, telephone or email.

Talk to one of our mental health wellbeing professionals via the live chat on our website if you need any further support.
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