The response to COVID-19 - is mental health on the agenda?

22 Jul 2020

Speaking to The Carer Online, BLM Partner Natalie Puce looks at the effects of the pandemic on mental health - she examines the risks that businesses need to consider in order to look after their staff and how to mitigate any associated risk to avoid claims under health and safety.

Natalie says, "The physical effects of Covid-19 are well known and well documented, as are the key measures to minimise these risks such as hand washing. But what about the impact on psychological or mental health which are perhaps less easy to identify and manage?

"Employers have a responsibility for the wellbeing of their employees in any sector at any time, but in the care sector especially it is more important than ever to protect the mental health of employees."

Natalie goes on to consider the most recent HSE guidance and what employers should do if a risk is identified.

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