Covid lockdown had ‘major impact’ on mental health

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Covid lockdown had ‘major impact’ on mental health

New research by the University of Glasgow has shown that the national lockdown had a major impact on mental health in the UK.

Despite the importance of the ongoing measures to the health of the general population, researchers have warned that they may have a “profound and long-lasting” effect on mental health.

This could also have a devastating effect on an already strained NHS.

The study examined mental health at the height of the pandemic, when people were given strict orders to remain at home.

It has shown that certain groups, including young people, women and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are more at risk than others.

Incidents have increased every month since March, with 1 in 10 ambulances call-outs during the pandemic relating to mental health emergencies.

Professor Rory O’Connor, Chair of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing said:

“The majority of people did not report any suicidal thoughts, but this creeping rise over a very short period of time is a concern.

“Levels of anxiety decreased during the same period of time, but that relates to the past.

“Suicidal thoughts are about looking to the future.

“It suggests that the huge social and economic uncertainty associated with Covid-19 may be causing some people to feel hopeless. However, there is currently no evidence that the suicide rate is increasing.”

Around 3000 adults were surveyed as part of this study.

One in four experienced at least moderate levels of depressive symptoms.

More than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) have reported feeling worried about the effect COVID-19 is having on their life.

The Department of Health in England said it is increasing investment in mental health services.

According to the BBC, more than £10m of funding has been provided to charities.

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