Philip Dunne MP has highlighted the importance of mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, as the UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week.
The awareness campaign, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 20th year and runs from 18-24 May. Latest figures show over 40,000 people in Shropshire over the age of 16 have a common mental health disorder.
Mr Dunne said: “The coronavirus pandemic, and lockdown we are all experiencing, is clearly having a big impact on everyone’s lives, and this can severely affect mental health. The longer this goes on the more people are likely to be affected. It is important that we are aware of the help and support available, and that despite the lockdown, you do not need to suffer in silence if your mental health has been affected. The government and NHS have published a range of advice, and support is available to those who need it.”
NHS advice, including how to access mental health support, is available at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters.
The government has also published guidance and advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, available here.
A mental health hotline for NHS staff is also being launched, to support NHS workers as they care for people through this global health emergency. NHS staff will be able to call or text a free number staffed by thousands of specially trained volunteers, to receive support and advice for the pressures they face every day during the global health emergency. Anyone who requires further help will be signposted to other services ranging from practical and financial assistance through to specialist bereavement and psychological support.