CORONAVIRUS is fueling a mental health crisis as the British turn to alcohol and gambling, experts warn.
Researchers say the foreclosure has created a “perfect storm” of misery that can harm people’s mental health for years to come.
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And they warned that increased social isolation, loneliness, stress and an economic downturn could trigger an increase in alcohol, gambling and suicide.
Surveys have shown that 20% of people are worried about their mental health, with particularly high levels of anxiety.
An article published in The Lancet Psychiatry by 24 academics called for urgent research to monitor mental health in the country in “real time” and to establish the best treatments at home.
This may involve phone applications or video consultations with an advisor via Zoom or Skype and promote the benefits of the exercise.
Researchers say the Covid-19 pandemic could have a “profound” and “ubiquitous” impact on global mental health and is too serious to ignore.
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Professor Rory O’Connor of the University of Glasgow said: “Increased social isolation, loneliness, health anxiety, stress and an economic downturn are a perfect storm to harm mental health and people’s well-being.
“If we do nothing, we may see an increase in mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and an increase in problematic behaviors such as alcohol and drug addiction, gambling, cyberbullying or social consequences such as homelessness and breakdown of relationships.
“The magnitude of this problem is too serious to ignore, both in terms of each human life that can be affected, and in terms of the broader impact on society. “
The magnitude of this problem is too serious to ignore
Professor Rory O’Connor
The authors said that frontline medical staff and vulnerable groups such as the elderly or those with mental health issues should be given priority for support.
Professor O’Connor said urgent action could limit the impact of the pandemic. To date, only a fraction of the research on Covid-19 has examined its effects on mental health.
The document states that recovered coronavirus patients should be monitored for long-term mental health issues, as the virus appears to act on the nervous system as well as on the lungs.
The digitally delivered apps and programs must be designed to protect people’s mental health during the Covid-19 lockout, they added.
Professor Matthew Hotopf of King’s College London said their document gives them a “research roadmap” to help protect our mental health in these uncertain times.
“We are asking for real-time monitoring of the mental health of the population in order to develop effective treatments,” he said.
“It must be on a larger scale than we have ever seen before.
“Knowing what’s going on in real time will allow us to respond by designing more user-friendly and effective ways to promote good mental health while people are at home.”
Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health While Locking
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) CEO Simon Gunning revealed that there are a few simple steps you can take during this uncertain time to stay on top and stay mentally fit and healthy at home …
1. Stay connected
Make sure you stay connected to your friends as best you can.
Even if you’re stuck at home, in our interconnected world, there are many ways to chat with your friends and family without seeing them IRL.
Play FIFA with your friends. Facetime your mom (she’ll love it). Hell, have a Google hangout and have a beer if you want to recreate a pub.
2. Turn off
You can turn off social media a bit.
It is very tempting to watch and watch (and then watch a little more) all the information that comes in. But don’t do that to yourself.
Avoid the news that might worry you and choose what is practical and useful.
3. Keep a routine
Find a balance between having a routine and making sure that every day has a certain variety.
It can be difficult to start accepting this new standard.
If you find it difficult to change, it could help you build a new routine – getting up, eating and doing familiar things at set times can help you feel a little more in control.
4. Express your feelings
It is perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed or upset by what is going on.
Getting it out is the best policy – either by needing a little space or by venting your feelings. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing.
Professor Ed Bullmore of the University of Cambridge added: “We need an unprecedented research response if we are to limit the negative consequences of this pandemic on the mental health of our society, now and in the future. to come up.
“To make a real difference, we will have to harness the tools of our digital age – find smart new ways to measure people’s mental health from a distance, find creative ways to improve resilience, and find ways to treat people at home.” .
“This effort must be seen as central to our global response to the pandemic.”
Duncan Selbie, managing director of Public Health England, said the research plan was “so urgent”.
He said: “We are very aware of the distress that this pandemic has in our daily lives. “
The researchers also released the results of a survey by Ipsos Mori, which found that 20 percent of people reported concerns about mental health, including 11 percent specifying anxiety.
Just last week, health leaders warned of the mental pressure that the coronavirus pandemic will place on doctors and nurses.
They expressed concern that many frontline NHS staff against coronavirus will end up with PTSD – after working under such conditions.
Dean of the Faculty of Critical Care at the University of Leeds, Dr. Alison Pittard said she was concerned about the staff impact of treating coronavirus patients.
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She told The Independent, “I am really concerned about the toll this is taking and will continue to hire staff.
“We are used to dealing with emergencies, but we have never been exposed to this kind of request.
“We know that the staff are struggling physically and mentally and that this will only continue. “