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MENTAL HEALTH: The toll lockdown has had on us

 

Tens of thousands more people across Liverpool may need to access mental health services over the next few years, a report warns.

Many mental health professionals have been warning that mental health services across the country will face extreme pressure as people continue to deal with the fallout of the pandemic.

With retail, hospitality and leisure sectors opening up, the UK will start getting back to life before the pandemic. While many will look forward to restarting their social lives, BACP accredited counsellor Denise Freeman, say there are also difficulties that may come with returning to “normal.”

A report to Liverpool Council's adult social care and health select committee warns more than 20,000 people could require support in the coming years.

The report said the exact causes had been varied, with bereavement, economic damage and reduced social contact all contributing to worsening mental health.

It said that modelling in July, before the second two lockdowns, had predicted an increase in demand for already stretched services by almost a third.

They expect the majority of referrals to come from people with pre-existing long-term conditions impacted psychologically by the pandemic, lockdown policies and economic downturn; with anxiety ,depression and post-traumatic stress disorder likely to be the most frequently presenting issues.

The report warned that staff in certain professions, particularly those in the health and care sector, are likely to face specific strains on their mental health associated with the frontline pandemic response.

Equally, those who have lost family members to Covid, people who are shielding and those who have been financially affected by Covid were also vulnerable.

The report also said there had been a distinct increase in the number of people approaching the council for support to tackle loneliness in the current lockdown, the third of the pandemic so far.

 

 


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