I heard again on the radio this morning about the concern regarding an increase in people struggling with their mental health and wellbeing in the aftermath of Covid-19. This is understandable, given the uncertainty, job losses, social isolation and grief that is striking the nation. The programme also highlighted the potential impact of the restrictions on services reducing access for those waiting for support over the past few months. Just as when the outbreak started there was a focus on preparing to manage the physical health of the nation, now is the time to ensure we can offer timely support for those struggling with their mental health as a result.
Within our NHS roles Laura and I have been really impressed by the local trust’s response to this, they are taking it very seriously and putting a lot of energy into preparing for a potential increase in demand. For example the mental health trust in Wiltshire has set up a Mental Health support line that can be contacted anytime for support and advice. The number is: 0300 3031320.
At Wiltshire and Somerset Psychology we are keen to help our local communities live well through this pandemic and beyond. I just wanted to highlight some of the ways we are doing this: