The Impact of COVID on Mental Health | IPT
Chair: Rachael Maskell MP, Chair, Ageing and Older People APPG
Speaker: Steve Brammer, Dean of the Management School, Bath University
Speaker: Dr Shaun Davis, Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability, Royal Mail
Virtual Event

Date:

Wednesday 30 June 2021

Venue:

This is an online event

Start Time:

08:30

End Time:

09:30

The impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic have created an increase in mental ill health across the UK. Studies by the mental health charity Mind in June 2020 showed that 60% of adults and 68% of young people said their mental health got worse during lockdown. ONS survey results indicated that almost one in five adults were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during June 2020, almost double compared to 2019. Restrictions during the pandemic, resulting in limited social interaction, isolation and loneliness have been some of the catalysts to poor mental health and illness. This has been exacerbated further by fears over job security, juggling home schooling and working from home, grieving loved ones lost to Covid-19 and unprecedented pressure on frontline staff. As demand for mental health services has soared over the last year, the Chancellor announced in November 2020 a £500m package to support mental health services in England, with equivalent funding in the devolved administrations. The recent appointment of a Youth Mental Health Ambassador will play an important role in shaping children’s mental health education and support in schools. As the UK looks to recover from the immediate effects of the pandemic, how can government, the NHS and mental health organisations ensure there is long-term support for those suffering from the impacts of Covid-19? 

This event will:

  • Discuss the importance of workplace mental health support and how businesses, both small and large, can access tools and training to care for their staff
  • Consider how financial stress is causing many mental health issues as people become unemployed or lose their business and how this can be addressed
  • Examine the disproportionate effect experienced by minority groups regarding their mental wellbeing, including BAME communities and people with disabilities
  • Assess the role of the new Every Mind Matters campaign launched in September 2020 to offer guidance to young people on how to look after their mental health and seek help and resources