PRESS RELEASE- MORE THAN HALF OF UK ADULTS CONCERNED OVER MENTAL HEALTH OF LOVED ONES – WORRYING NEW POLL FINDING

More than half of UK adults concerned over mental health of loved ones – worrying new poll finding

26/11/20

A independent poll by Yonder for Recovery released today confirms some of the worst fears voiced by mental health professionals over the crisis caused by lockdowns, fear and restrictions. More than half of those surveyed say that they are concerned over their own mental health or that of someone close to them. The new findings reveal the scale of the damage that is being done to the nation’s well-being following recent information from the London Ambulance Service suggesting that the suicide rate is rising dramatically and ONS figures showing a doubling in problem drinking, which now affects 9m people.

The poll found that 57% of the public are concerned about their mental health or those close to them in the current lockdown. For those of working age, it’s over 60%

Young people are amongst those most affected, with over three quarters (76%) saying they are concerned over their own mental health, or that of a loved one.

The poll suggests that the situation is worst in cities and areas where lockdowns have been most severe – these worries affected more than 2 out of 3 people (68%) in London and the North West.

Psychotherapist and Recovery co-founder Emma Kenny says,

“These results make complete sense to me. We are witnessing an eradication of the tools and support systems that we need to be healthy and happy. Hit worst are those that I believe have been treated so badly during this pandemic, the young people in our communities, with almost 80% struggling. At a time where we now understand that this virus affects a tiny proportion of our population, we have sacrificed for the majority the safety, security and sanctity regarding what makes us human, and now, we are knowingly destroying the future for the generations of young people who we will in years to come expect to protect us.“

Jon Dobinson, Campaign Director, commented,

“We have a pandemic of fear, loneliness and restrictions. The Government’s behavioural scientists said in the Spring that people must be made to feel personally threatened by Covid. They have deliberately created mental health problems without attempting to assess their impact. Now we see the terrible price. This survey is a wake-up call – we must halt the damage before it goes any further. It’s time for the Government to stop trying to terrify the people of this country. It’s time to replace the advisors who have failed this country so badly. It’s time for recovery.”

ENDS

NOTE TO EDITORS

The poll is by independent polling experts Yonder (formerly Populus) using a representative sample of 2000 UK adults drawn from a nationwide panel of 200,000. Field work was carried out on 23-24 November 2020.

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