A recent survey commissioned by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) had found that almost 20% of people in the UK have experienced depression during the coronavirus crisis, with female, younger and disabled adults most affected. The dramatic deterioration in the nations’s mental health, according to the survey, has been variously linked to factors including increased isolation, bereavement, and financial insecurity caused by debt and unemployment. There are fears that the numbers affected could soar in line with increasing unemployment as furlough ends this autumn. You can read more about it here…
If you have been feeling low, depressed, lonely and anxious, please remember that you are not alone and there are places that you can find help.
Claire Murdoch, national mental health director for the NHS, stresses that there is support available including online and telephone advice and 24/7 crisis services.
There are also a number of other organisations that can support you in difficult times:
Here are some support numbers you can call if you’re struggling or find yourself in crisis- please don’t suffer alone:
Samaritans – 116 123
CALM – 0800 58 58 58
YoungMinds – 0800 018 2138
ChildLine – 0800 1111
No Panic – 0800 138 8889
SANE – 0300 304 7000
Get Connected – 0808 808 4994