Lockdown has had a catastrophic impact on so many aspects of our lives, not least in terms of mental health. Mental health charity Mind has also revealed half of adults felt their general wellbeing worsened in 2020, with many experiencing mental health problems for the first time. While this could reflect reduced access to mental health services, the researchers said they couldn’t rule out that rates of mental illness were lower. ‘As humans we usually thrive on social connection for our mental health and sense of wellbeing,’ says Dr Natasha Bijlani, a consultant psychiatrist at The Priory clinic in Roehampton. Zoom sessions developed through lockdown proved invaluable to those with acute depression who were previously reluctant to attend in person.
Source: The Nation May 04, 2021 00:11 UTC