Early in the Covid pandemic, it became clear that people’s mental health would suffer. Whether through bereavement, unemployment, social isolation, not being able to access support services – or a host of other routes – an alarming picture began to emerge and attract attention.
The detail of this picture has become progressively clearer. Press reports, population surveys, stories from service users and staff; evidence has emerged and accumulated. We are gaining an increasingly refined understanding of exactly how bad the pandemic has been for the nation’s mental health.