Four out of five Fórsa members say they have felt anxious or nervous as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, according to a new survey.
Over 70% reported problems with sleeping, while more than half said either they or a family member had experienced depression or a related condition as a result of the pandemic.
The results reflect the stress of a period when thousands of Fórsa members have stepped-up to serve in high-risk frontline environments, with many more having to rapidly adjust to remote working.
A significant number have also grappled with reduced pay, lay-offs, and insecurity about their jobs.
When asked to name their top five concerns, half of respondents cited mental health and 45% mentioned physical health. Some 29% of us are concerned about our weight and appearance, while almost a quarter (24%) are worried about money. Some 23% expressed unease about parenting.
Other concerns included juggling childcare and home-schooling with remote working, redeployment concerns, and poor support from the workplace.
Many respondents also mentioned worries about the physical and mental wellbeing of elderly parents, children and other vulnerable family members. And there was anxiety what the future holds.
Over 5,000 Fórsa members completed the survey, which was carried out by Cornmarket on the union’s behalf.
The company is now working with Fórsa to develop a range of podcasts and articles featuring renowned psychotherapists, motivational speakers and mental health professionals. Survey respondents said they would welcome such supports.
Cornmarket administers two of the union’s salary protection schemes.
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