The mental health charity and Connection Coalition member, Mind, has launched a new campaign which sets out the five tests they want the UK Government to take to protect the nation’s mental health.
Some of the findings on loneliness include the fact that loneliness has also been a key contributor to poor mental health – particularly for young people.
- 62% of under 18s said that loneliness had made their mental health worse during lockdown.
- Over three quarters of 18–24 year olds (78%) said that feeling lonely made their mental health worse during lockdown. This compares to 59% of those aged 25 and over.
Loneliness severely affected people whose mental health was poor or very poor during lockdown:
- Not being able to see people who don’t live with you negatively affected 86% of those with pre-existing mental health conditions (vs 79% overall).
- Among those who said that their mental health was very poor, 88% said not being able to see people who don’t live with you made their mental health worse and 82% said that feeling lonely made their mental health worse.
Mind argue that those in power can make the right choices to rebuild services and support to help make sure the society that comes after the pandemic is kinder, fairer and safer:
"The peak of the coronavirus pandemic may have passed, but we’re now experiencing a mental health emergency. More than 16,000 people told leading mental health charity, Mind how the pandemic had affected their mental health. The findings are clear and prioritising mental health has never been more critical."
Mind say that this can only be achieved if the UK Government meets Mind’s five tests for putting mental health at the heart of the new normal:
- Invest in community services
- Protect those most at risk
- Reform the Mental Health Act
- Provide a financial safety net
- Support children and young people
Join Mind’s campaign or find out more at www.mind.org.uk/fivetests