Nurses open up about their mental health problems

Mental ill health is now the top reason for NHS sickness absence – but there is good news
Mental health conditions gave now overtaken musculoskeletal complaints as the number one reason for sickness absence among nurses.

Mental ill health is now the top reason for NHS sickness absence – but there is good news

  • Musculoskeletal conditions have been replaced by mental health problems as the most common reason for sickness absence among NHS staff, including nurses and midwives
  • Employers and managers are seeing a shift in levels of support offered and demanded, with staff no longer expected to 'just get on with it'
  • Mental health first aid training allows staff and employees to reconsider their approach to offering colleagues support

It was a heartfelt blog from a senior nurse that sparked a trust-wide conversation about mental health at Leeds Community Healthcare. Writing on the trust’s internal website, the nurse spoke about her struggles with mental health – and the response was electrifying.

‘She was really open about her own experience, and she


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