New plan urgently needed to cope with surge in mental health problems

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As the country entered lockdown three it is clear that covid has created a new wave of mental health problems, adding to the burden on services, and resulting in calls for longstanding issues to be finally addressed.

According to an estimate by the Centre for Mental Health 10 million people (almost 20% of the population) will need either new or additional mental health support as a direct consequence of the pandemic, with 1.5 million of those children and young people under 18. This was probably an underestimate at the time.

This is a huge number of people that will need support – some perhaps for weeks others for many years to come.

Full story - The Lowdown, 9 January 2021.