This week marks 2 years since the UK’s first lockdown, in these 2 years we’ve isolated, distanced, sanitised, even got together to clap the NHS. We’ve battled variant after variant, removed ourselves from loved ones, got vaccinated and becomes masters at Teams & Zoom.
Despite the efforts to keep us afloat and the promise of a brighter future, some studies have shown that mental health across the nation has never been worse.
A study group at King’s College London interviewed 1229 adults between 4 and 7 March and found that just under a third (31 per cent) said they feel lonelier now than they did before the pandemic, rising to 39 per cent among those aged 16 to 34. Nearly half said they see their loved ones (46 per cent) or leave the house less (45 per cent).
Where do we go from here? Is the big question. No doubt the pandemic has changed the way we work and live forever, but with the Government’s new “living with Covid” plan, is it just that easy to simply resume as normal?
Moving forward, the government need to turn their attention and efforts towards mental health. There are good examples of what could be done. The Australian government, for example, has provided a package of mental health support measures, including a 24/7 phone-counselling service, job opportunities for Australians to be trained as counsellors to meet the need, and funding for online and peer-support tools.
As a business, the last 2 years have been extremely challenging. We’re a business built on resilience and are extremely hopeful for the future. The mental health and welfare of our employees is highly important to us, we’re currently in the process of providing mental health first aiders, as well as any resources they will need to help them if they’re struggling.
We may have had 2 years of lockdowns, but we will keep going.