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It's okay to not be okay

By Steph Bennett - Author First published: Last updated:

The global COVID-19 crisis has inadvertently brought mental health to the forefront of the public eye. Emotional wellbeing is being talked about more openly than ever. Nevertheless, society still holds a stigma regarding mental health despite these conditions being increasingly prevalent (Mental Health Foundation, 2015).

As a result, many health professionals delay asking for support, and this delay could explain health professionals having a 23% increased rate of suicide, compared to the general population (Kinman et al, 2020).

Healthcare workers are starting to be acknowledged for the endless care they provide, and it’s becoming more understood how underfunded and under appreciated the NHS is. Burnout has been reported at a dangerous, all-time high amongst frontline staff, seeing more nurses than ever leaving their jobs and 44% of healthcare workers feeling ill due to their mental health (Gillett and Wright, 2021). This could be as a result of lengthy shifts with

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