‘Tsunami’ of people needing help with mental health during lockdown

Mental health services face a "tsunami" of cases following the COVID-19 lockdown, a leading psychiatric body has warned.

A survey by the Royal College of Psychiatrists has revealed a 43% increase in urgent and emergency mental health cases since the end of March.

But nearly half of the 1,300 clinicians surveyed had also seen routine appointments cancelled.

Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: "We are already seeing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on mental health with more people in crisis, but we are just as worried about the people who need help now but aren't getting it.

"Our fear is that the lockdown is storing up problems."


Image: Gaynor Spence has struggled with mental health during lockdown

During lockdown, Gaynor Spence, 43, from Liverpool, has had suicidal thoughts.

"It's a feeling of being alone, completely alone," she told Sky News. "It feels like nobody cares."

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Ms Spence has had depression in the past but isolation triggered a new, and horrific, mental health crisis.

"You feel like nobody will understand, and it grows worse because you don't tell anybody.

"That grows into feelings of 'no one's going to miss you', that no one would even know if you were gone, that there's no point in even being here.

"And you think (suicide) would just stop the pain of feeling so down and so alone."

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Ms Spence found help at a local suicide prevention charity, The Martin Gallier Project.

Its founder, Jess Gallier, told Sky News they had seen calls to their helpline go up 300% since lockdown began.

She said: "Mental health services were already in a complete crisis before COVID happened. Services are so stretched and waiting lists are so high.

"So I'm very concerned about what happens during coronavirus, and following coronavirus, when that demand is only going to go up and up and up for a significant period of time."

The Martin Gallier Project - founder Jess Gallier
Image: Jess Gallier, founder of The Martin Gallier Project

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