Britain is staring into the abyss of a collapse in mental health.
Why such a serious effect?
Ways of letting off steam are now banned
Activities and pastimes are similarly affected. No more can people easily go out for meals or drinks with friends. In tier two even a coffee with a friend from work is out of bounds, unless they happen to live together too.
Back in march people could at least head outside, into a garden or park. Spring had sprung. I can remember how good it felt, for a time, to be able to spend more time with family, in the garden, enjoying the sun. For many people, gardens were non-existent and fears of being harassed by the police prevented others from seeking the fresh air.
Now, of course, as we enter our second lockdown, we find little but wind and rain outside. lockdown means complete isolation at home. Boredom, depression and anxiety are an all-too frequent consequence.
We have now been under varying degrees of restriction for seven months. For the young, in particular, this has been a terribly long time. Exams have been missed. Traumatic foul-ups with exam results have been endured. Graduations, proms and the ceremonies associated with the beginnings of university have all been missed. University students found themselves imprisoned within their own lodgings. Love and friendship have been lost as teenagers have found their most fleeting years soured by events beyond their control.
It’s no surprise to me…
…that I have never been busier. As the nation entered into a free-fall in mental health my case-load increased exponentially. By Mid-October I was having to ask clients to wait for others to leave my books before I could take them on. It has been truly heart-breaking for me to have to watch my clients suffering so terribly. The resort to anti-depressants has never been greater. The extent of suicidal ideation has never been more common. The despair is palpable.
If you are suffering too then please do get in touch. I will do my best to help you to weather the storms ahead. I could help you to get to grips with your anxiety, to overcome your depression and to find a way through these times of uncertainty.
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I look forward to hearing from you.