The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic will leave a deep and lasting scar on the mental health of millions in this country. The devastating loss of life, the impact of lockdown and loneliness, and the inevitable recession that lies ahead will affect all of us. Prioritising mental health has never been more critical than it is now. New mental health problems have developed as a result of the pandemic, and existing mental health problems have gotten worse.
To understand how we can best support people during this uncertain time, Mind carried out research to understand the experiences of people with pre-existing mental health problems, the challenges that they are facing, the coping strategies that they are using, and the support they would like to receive.
More than 16,000 people have shared their experiences of mental health during the pandemic as part of this research. More than two-thirds of adults with mental health problems reported that their mental health got worse during lockdown. As a direct consequence of the pandemic and all that follows, many people who were previously well will now develop mental health problems.
Supported by these findings, Mind are urging the UK and Welsh Governments to put mental health at the very centre of their recovery plans. As we look to the future, those in power must make the right choices to rebuild services and support, and to ensure that the society that comes after the pandemic is kinder, fairer and safer for everyone experiencing a mental health problem.