Preston-born former footballer Clarke Carlisle has thanked NHS mental health workers based at West Strand House.Advertisement
Clarke, who has recurrent depressive disorder, sent his message of gratitude as part of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s (LSCFt) Thank You Week.
LSCft is honouring its workforce of over 7,000 during a week-long celebration starting today (Monday 10 May), to thank them for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event will also mark Mental Health Week and International Nurses’ Day, which highlights the importance of supporting those who work so hard to care for others.
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Clarke said: “I want to say thank you to every single one of you working for the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.
“I know people are acknowledging what you’re doing now; it’s almost as though they think you’ve just started to work hard, but you have been synonymous with my journey from 2017 and I know that you’ve been working incredibly hard for decades.
“Whether it was at Blackburn hospital, where I was in psychiatric care, or the fantastic workers at Strand House in Preston with my outpatient care and my therapy and counselling – what you’re doing on a daily basis is changing lives and helping people like me to become well, and stay well.
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
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The Trust’s week of appreciation includes personalised thank you cards, goodie bag deliveries, and celebrity messages.
Caroline Donovan, Chief Executive of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The incredible work our staff do every day should be commended, but especially now due to the challenges which came with the pandemic.
“Our community nurses, inpatient teams, therapists, medics, domestics, admin workers and so many more, have been on the frontline throughout the last 12 months, and it is vitally important that we recognise the way they have risen to this challenge.
“Their hard work is appreciated by so many across Lancashire and South Cumbria.”
Clarke added: “I can’t imagine what it’s been like this last year, having to try and generate that empathetic touch with people through layers of PPE, through your own health anxieties with Covid on the loose.
“Let me tell you – you are life savers, you are life changers, and I am just honoured to have been in your care and to be a product of your care.
“Please keep going, thank you.”
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LSCft is urging anyone in a mental health crisis, or needing advice for a loved one, to call the Trust’s 24-hour Mental Health Crisis line on 0800 953 0110, or visit the LSCft crisis page.
The Trust’s community and wellbeing service Mindsmatter supports people with stress, anxiety and depression. Those in need are being urged to use the self-referral service, and gain access to tools and mental health professionals who can offer help.
Visit the Mindsmatter website for more information, or to request help complete the self-referral page.
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