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Turkey and Syria earthquake – support for staff

It is estimated over 24 million people are affected by the devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria in the early hours of 6 February 2023. There have been over 44,000 deaths (updated 22 February), with thousands of buildings collapsed and transport, water, sewerage and power systems destroyed. People are living without clean water, food or shelter in cold, wintery conditions.

We're here to support any health or social care staff affected by this tragedy. You may have family and friends in Turkey (now known as Türkiye) or Syria, or relatives in the UK or elsewhere, who are worried or upset. You may be supporting your family, emotionally, financially and balancing this with work.

Even if you don’t have a direct connection, we’re all affected by human suffering. You might be watching a lot of the distressing footage on the news and social media and find it hard to switch off at night. It may remind you of other natural disasters, conflicts, losses and hardship across the world and in the UK.

Tips for news anxiety

We’ve seen a lot of sad and negative news in the past few years and this can affect our mood or mental wellbeing. Find tips on how to deal with this:

For children and young people affected by news and social media:

If you need help dealing with stress, difficulty sleeping, or your mental wellbeing, see our support for staff.

For an information sheet to help you support colleagues affected by these issues, see Support for your team.

Wellbeing Matters - here to support staff 

If you work in health or social care, in any role at all – and you live or work in Berkshire, the Wellbeing Matters team is here to help you. We offer staff free, confidential support on issues that affect your wellbeing, for individuals and teams.

Support for you 

  • Call our Wellbeing Line : 0300 365 8880, 9am–4pm, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays. Leave a message to ask for a call back.
  • Email:  WellbeingLine@berkshire.nhs.uk  to ask for a call back.
  • Try a SilverCloud for staff  online programme. Learn coping strategies to help you with stress, sleep, anxiety, depression, money worries and more. You can choose to do courses as self-help or supported.

Support for your team  

How to donate to earthquake appeals

If you want to donate to help people in the affected areas:

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