The Covid 19 pandemic is having a detrimental affect on people’s mental health.
As the UK has gone into their third lockdown, the subsequent restrictions have had a severe impact on people’s mental health.
The charity Mind reported that 60% of adults have said that their mental health worsened during lockdown.
Website views to the charity rose from 9,580 to a staggering 14,167 and has since been described as a ‘mental health pandemic’ by chief executive, Paul Farmer.
With people being encouraged to stay home, feelings of isolation have left many feeling lonely and hopeless.
Young people in particular are struggling to cope with issues, such as anxiety, leading to fears around their futures. Suicide ideation was reportedly at an increase during the first lockdown and similar concerns have followed through with the new year.
Prime minister Boris Johnson stated that approximately £12 billion has been spent on the NHS mental health care and a further £19-20 billion given to mental health charities.
Despite this extra funding, new research shows that less people (just more than a third) are reaching out to professionals for mental health help.
The professionals are also under extreme pressure which has led to the number of doctors seeking psychiatric help doubling since the pandemic began.
“doctors and nurses are being left physically and mentally scarred” – DR. David Wrigley.
Research reveals that nearly half of the NHS staff working in intensive care units (ICU) are likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or anxiety.
Wellbeing lead and deputy chair of the British Medical Association, Dr David Wrigley,stated that “doctors and nurses are being left physically and mentally scarred”.
Mental health charities like Mind and The Samaritans created Our Frontline as a helpline for key workers at the start of the outbreak. More than 2,200 conversations with health, social care and emergency services have been held.
If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in this article then please call the Samaritans on 0330 094 5717.