The importance of providing mental health support during the pandemic


With uncertain and unprecedented times amongst us, many individuals are struggling to maintain their mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic. Some of the challenging feelings include anxieties over getting sick, the lack of power surrounding the constantly changing government restrictions and the hopelessness regarding the end date of this difficult period. Other emotions may focus on grief about a loss of a loved one caused by this illness, stress about your working situation or feelings of isolation as a result of distance from those closest to you.

Whichever thoughts you may be experiencing, providing mental health support during this pandemic is essential. With statistics showing 49% of the overall adult population feeling worried due to Covid-19, this proves to be a highly provoking time for all. It is fundamental to focus on this point as further research shows 1 in 10 people have faced suicidal thoughts throughout this period, and in certain disadvantaged groups there were even higher proportions of people with suicidal feelings.

Ways of supporting individuals

There are a variety of services available to support those in need. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem, it is always important to remember it is completely okay to seek help. A starting point may be speaking to a doctor or therapist or participating in peer support groups. With the current circumstances, many of these facilities may not be accessible through the usual in-person meetings. However, the majority of services are now available virtually, ensuring that help is more accessible in a safe manner, particularly for those with high levels of fear.

Services available include S.E.E.D Lancashire’s low-cost counselling service, which is available through Zoom meetings. This is targeted at individuals who are yet to receive NHS treatment or those who have not yet been diagnosed with a mental health problem but are unsure of their next step.

S.E.E.D also offer support groups through Zoom on relevant eating disorder and mental health aspects of recovery, which are held in a safe, comfortable and confidential environment. Further details and the Zoom link can be found here.

A further list of resources to aid during Covid-19 can be found here, including contact information for specific local services available.

Another way of accessing support is by contacting your GP. Some GPs may offer face-to-face appointments during Coronavirus. If you would prefer this to a telephone or online appointment, you can speak to your GP practice to see if this is possible. Treatments they may recommend could include medication or directing you to talking therapy or counselling.

Additionally, if you’d like to get emergency advice or get in contact with a service in a specific field, this list contains lots of useful contacts for support.

Always remember: You are not wasting anyone’s time, whether you are continuing ongoing treatment or seeking help for the first time. This situation is very challenging for most, however it will end and you will overcome this obstacle.

For more information on S.E.E.D’s services and to book an initial appointment, please click here.