At a time when many of us have been focused on the physical health crisis enveloping the world, we must not forget the impact the virus is also having on our mental health. Adapting to a new routine, being stuck indoors for long periods of time and the uncertainty about what the future holds has had a large impact on many people’s mental wellbeing. Populus Data Solutions carried out research to support our charity of the year, the suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). We found that 60% of people admitted to experiencing some form of anxiety at this time.
Since Boris Johnson’s announcement back in March that the country would be going into lockdown, more people have sought help for the subsequent effects this has had on their mental health by calling one of the many charities that have helping people throughout this time. Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, commented that they are not only receiving even more calls, but that the nature of these calls is becoming ever more diverse and varied.
“We’ve spoken to frontline workers dealing with traumatic situations everyday, while also contending with their own worries and anxieties. We’ve spoken to people who are feeling confused, nervous, angry, frustrated and helpless, as well as people facing difficult life situations. We’ve spoken to those in strained relationships and with nowhere to go, to people who have suffered domestic abuse, and to people whose anxiety continues to rise because of the uncertainty or loneliness they are facing…”