"From being incredibly sceptical to grateful"
Counselling service for UHMBT NHS staff launched
Today, CancerCare has launched a brand new service for NHS staff across Morecambe Bay who will now be able to access our team of counsellors for any support they feel they may need during the Coronavirus outbreak.
More that 10 of our fully-qualified counsellors have offered their time free of charge to make themselves available to help UHMBT staff during this time.
NHS staff wishing to speak to a counsellor can book a session through the charity’s dedicated helpline which is open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Counselling sessions can then be arranged at a convenient time to suit shift patterns.
CancerCare Chief Exec Maria Chambers said: “We consulted with senior figures at UHMBT and morally, and ethically, it is without question the right thing to do. Every day our Trust colleagues are dealing with unimaginable pressure caring for a huge number of people from our communities who are really sick.
“It seems like the least we can do to give them access to our professionally qualified and experienced team of counsellors who will be able to use their skills to help. I was also overwhelmed by the counsellors who offered their help, free of charge, without a moment’s hesitation.”
Kendal based counsellor Martine Martinus said: “Our NHS staff are putting their own lives at risk fighting on the frontline to care for others and often being faced with the most distressing scenes.
“I have volunteered my time to provide telephone support and an empathetic ear through this very traumatic time. Counselling can provide a space where they will be able to process the intense emotions they are going through on a daily basis and this is my way of showing gratitude to the heroes of the NHS and the amazing work they do.”
call: 03330 150 628 (charged at standard rate) email: CancerCareCan@cancercare.org.uk text: 07860 018 278
If you would like to make a contribution to help cover the costs of the helpline, you can do so here. Thank you