Mental health and wellbeing project for York primary care staff launched during Mental Health Awareness Week

The Retreat is pleased to be part of #YorCareSpace – a new project to support Primary Care healthcare workers in York, which launches this week as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

YorCareSpace is a pioneering new mental health and wellbeing project for those working in Primary Care in the Vale of York CCG area.

As part of the programme, The Retreat is offering a safe, supported group environment which lets staff talk about their experiences of the current situation and consider ways to maintain their wellbeing.

GP Professor Mike Holmes explains more: “We’re launching a really exciting project this week. #YorCareSpace is a multi-stakeholder programme, based on an approach developed in Bristol and evaluated by University College London. We’ve piloted it locally and it’s been really well received. Staff will be able to book on to sessions via an online platform and we’re hoping many workers in primary care will reach out if they need this kind of support.”

The service is free and is supported by local GP practices, the NHS, Local Primary Care Networks and The Retreat.

Dr Kim Bevan Chief Officer at The Retreat said: “Everyone has been affected in some way by the current situation and by offering our service to the #YorCareSpace project, we are supporting our community of healthcare staff in York.

“The Retreat is a charity, offering compassion and collaboration in our communities, so helping with the #YorCareSpace programme is something we feel is really important.”