Coronavirus and mental health
The issue of mental health has become more prominent in recent years, and even more so during 2020 as concern grows about the long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people’s wellbeing.
Along with obvious anxiety about the virus itself and families being affected by illness and bereavement, the impact on everyone’s daily lives has been unprecedented. During lockdown people were unable to attend work or places of education, socialise or do any of their usual activities, resulting in social isolation for some and relationship problems for others. Enforced home working for many, despite having some obvious benefits, has resulted in the blurring of boundaries between work and home – made even harder for many by children being at home. And while many people were furloughed others had to manage increased workloads, leading to stress and burnout.
Six months on and uncertainty remains around the ongoing threat of the virus, pressure to ‘return to normal’ and the impact of ongoing restrictions on people’s routines and livelihoods. With the UK in recession, many people now also have worries about job security and finances.
It’s vital that society acknowledges and talks about the impact of all this on people’s mental health, and that there is help available for those who need it. With this year’s World Mental Health Day focusing on investment in mental health, we’ve been working to ensure that we’re doing our bit.