The results highlight that mental health issues are widespread in frontline workers during a crisis and this can lead to catastrophic outcomes for individuals, their families and their patients.
Frontline workers indicated that this has led to burnout and distress, with many considering leaving the workforce.
The high incidence of mental ill-health and the low uptake of mental health services, points to an urgent need to understand how healthier work environments can be created, and the type of mental health support frontline workers need.
This research has been crucial for our understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also enable us to better deal with future natural disasters, like floods and fires.
The healthcare workforce is so large, that it is a sizeable portion of the population, who need to feel protected and supported at work. We need long term solutions to solve this which involves large scale organisational change.