Statistics from the ONS released today have show that across Great Britain from 3 April to 3 May 2020, some 80% of adults were worried about the effect that COVID-19 was having on their life. Responding to these figures, Munira Wilson, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, said:
The majority of people have experienced a detrimental impact on their mental health as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Ministers must recognise that the mental health scars of COVID-19 will be deep. We need to see investment now to ensure that people can access the support they need, when they need it. This must not be based on a postcode lottery.
That’s why the Liberal Democrats are calling for the Government to urgently increase the provision of mental health support. We are calling for access to mental health support 24/7 for those working in health and care, many of whom are facing daily trauma. We also want better funded, clearly signposted support for every single community.
Given the severity of the COVID-19 crisis in the UK, which has unfolded on his watch, the Prime Minister must act to ensure we provide a world-leading mental health response. The recovery of people across our family of nations requires it.
You can read more about the campaign Munira is leading to provide better mental health support for frontline workers here