by Dr Manish Khandelwal, CCG Clinical Lead for Mental Health
The coronavirus pandemic has presented an exceptionally challenging and worrying time for all of us. The effects of social distancing, lockdown, constant updates relating to the virus and the loss of loved ones for some, are taking a huge toll on our mental health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, some of these effects will last even after the pandemic is over.
I believe it is important for us to understand that this pandemic could lead to some of us developing a mental illness for the first time, and some with existing problems could find their symptoms worsening.
More than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) report feeling somewhat, or very worried about the effect coronavirus is having on their life. The most common issues affecting wellbeing are worry about the future (63%), feeling stressed or anxious (56%) and feeling bored (49%). These are highest among young people, those with lower household income, people with a diagnosed mental illness, people living with children, and people living in urban areas.
Recent data also suggests that there is an increase of nearly half a million new cases with mental health needs during the coronavirus pandemic in the UK.
It is important that we are aware of the help that is available for us, our patients and our loved ones for mental health issues in North Lincolnshire and how to access these services:
Some of the local resources are:
- Talking Shop:
Provided by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), this service offers psychological therapies (IAPT), talking therapies (CBT) including IPT/counselling. They are open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm, currently accepting walk in referrals, however, the service is able to offer telephone support as well. Telephone number: 01724 867297.
- The Haven:
The Haven offers mental health support to people aged 16 and over in North Lincolnshire. Provided by Scunthorpe and District MIND, designed to help reduce the risk of mental health crisis by providing support for people who urgently need to talk to someone.The Haven team is available to offer telephone support, call 01724 279500 between 6pm and 12 midnight on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Face to face support is available by appointment only, at the MIND premises, Printer’s Yard, Fenton Street, Scunthorpe.
- Crisis Team:
Provided by RDaSH, this is a 24/7 mental health emergency service. Telephone number: 01724 382015
Kooth is an online counselling and support service which is now available to all young people aged 11-25 years.Online: www.kooth.com
- Your General Practice Team