This is a time of disruption and frustration for many, and a time of isolation and fear for others. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged nations to “urgently increase investment” in services for mental health.
“The impact of the pandemic on people's mental health is already extremely concerning,” said Director-General of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“Social isolation, fear of contagion, and loss of family members is compounded by the distress caused by loss of income and often employment”.
Mental health struggles are at elevated levels, with mental health-related prescriptions and calls to mental health support lines maintaining significantly higher numbers than pre-pandemic times.
We need to be supporting each other and showing our love and our care to our family members and to our neighbours and our friends.
If you feel you may need help or assistance or you need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to reach out for help and support or connect with your local helpline.