A DEDICATED phone line has been set up to support NHS and social care staff who have been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

The confidential helpline was launched yesterday and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with all health and social care workers in the local area invited to reach out if they need someone to talk to.

Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey said: “I am deeply grateful for the hard work, commitment and professionalism of those working in health and social care services at this time of unprecedented challenge.

“For those who need one-on-one support, the new mental wellbeing support line will be available around the clock to help staff access appropriate additional support.

“We are continuing to monitor the impact of the pandemic on our valued workforce and will do our best to ensure that appropriate support services are put in place to help them.”

The helpline, which is funded by the Scottish Government and will be open for at least a year, can be reached on 0800 111 4191.

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