Mental Health Crisis Growing in the Wake of COVID-19

mental health and lockdown

Mental Health during the Pandemic

COVID-19 continues to affect our lives with quickly-spreading variants causing further restrictions and dangerously high surges in infection and death rates.

The devastation of the pandemic in the UK and globally has affected millions, and scientists are gathering data that is showing that with lockdown restrictions, the stats of mental health are surging.

It is important to look after your mental health

We have been in and out of lockdown for a year now, so there is no doubt that it will have affected every aspect of your life.

If you are feeling anxious, depressed or worried about coronavirus, then this could be impacting your mental wellbeing, or further developing your mental illness.

Lockdown might be causing you to worry about your finances, the security of your job, or your social life. This has not only been tricky for those with pre-existing mental health conditions, but has caused a surge in anxiety and depression. Full report here.

Charities and rehab clinics have experienced a surge in calls to helplines or admissions to rehab.

Being isolated with a mental health issue can lead to addiction or reliance on drugs to escape from the symptoms, boredom or isolation. Read the article here. 

These new challenges are impacting and changing our lives and we need to prioritise ourselves and helping others too.

Get the help you need

Even during the pandemic, there is so much mental health and addiction support available to you. 

There are charities such as MIND, Talk to Frank and the Samaritans. You are not alone, and these free helplines are able to give advice and support during your feelings of crisis.

Residential rehabs are also open, even during lockdown restrictions. But NHS or Private? Learn more here. 

Here are some tips about how to keep your self mentally well, and to the right seek help when you need it most:

Tips for mental health:

  1. Reduce your exposure to news or information that will trigger symptoms.
  2. Keep in touch with friends and family.
  3. Stay active to help reduce stress and to aid sleep.
  4. Ensure that you get fresh air each day.
  5. Seek support. More.