How can we reduce mental hardship now and in the coming weeks?
The status of care homes has been called ‘the cinderella of the health care system’:
Likewise mental health.
If you’re already trying to live with mental health issues, being cooped up or having to work under huge stress will just be making things even more difficult:
And it’s happening worldwide:
Now many more people are being effected:
Which at least means that much more attention is now being given to this once-neglected area – with more help being offered and much more widely:
More help is at hand nationally:
There is now determination to look into the longer-term effects:
This evening’s ‘The Briefing Room’ on Radio 4 looks at how we’ve been coping:
The psychological impact of the coronavirus pandemic
What do we know about how we are coping with the pandemic crisis?
David Aaronovitch looks at the impact the three month lockdown has had on people in China and asks how different groups in the UK – just three weeks in – are faring.
What are the particular difficulties faced by the most vulnerable and those who have been advised to self isolate, maybe for many months, during the pandemic?
He asks what strategies can be put in place to reduce mental hardship now and in the coming weeks.
And when normality resumes, how changed might we be?
Contributors: Dr George Hu from the Shanghai United Family Pudong Hospital, Helen Westerman from Childline, Professor Bobby Duffy from King’s College London, Professor Stephen Reicher from the University of St Andrews and Professor Neil Greenberg from King’s College London.