Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

(asked on 16th July 2020) - View Source

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the correlation between loneliness and suicide, what steps his Department is taking to support mental health for people during the recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.


Answered by
Nadine Dorries Portrait
Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
This question was answered on 30th July 2020

We recognise that social distancing, self-isolation and shielding are likely to have increased the risk of loneliness and mental health issues for some people.

Mental health services have remained open for business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering support digitally, over the phone and face to face where possible. We are working with the National Health Service, Public Health England and others to understand the specific impacts and to improve support for people experiencing these issues as we move into the ‘recovery’ phase.

From 2019/20, we are investing £57 million in suicide prevention through the NHS Long Term Plan. This will see investment in all areas of the country by 2023/24 to support local suicide prevention plans and establish suicide bereavement support services plan.

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