THE NHS has launched a mental health hotline as part of a package of measures to support its 1.4m staff as they help people deal with the coronavirus.

NHS workers will be able to call or text a free number, staffed by thousands of specially trained volunteers, to receive support and advice for the pressures they face every day during the global health emergency.

The volunteers will listen to NHS staff and give psychological support to those in need.

Anyone who requires further help will be signposted to other services ranging from practical and financial assistance through to specialist bereavement and psychological support.

The phone line will be open between 7am and 11pm every day, while the text service will be 24/7.

This is part of the extensive work the NHS is doing to help provide expert care to patients during the pandemic.

The apps offer support in everything from guided meditation, tools to battle anxiety and help with sleep problems.