Coronavirus: Half a million Britons will suffer mental health problems as UN warns psychological toll will persist long after pandemic

'This is something that needs to be done in the middle of the crisis, so that we can prevent things becoming worse in the near future', WHO mental health chief says

Vincent Wood
Friday 15 May 2020 13:31
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The United Nations has warned the virus has exposed decades of neglect when it comes to mental health services around the world
The United Nations has warned the virus has exposed decades of neglect when it comes to mental health services around the world

Researchers, psychiatrists and Global health officials have warned of a looming mental health crisis stemming from the coronavirus - with at least an extra half a million people in the UK alone expected to suffer with a psychological problem as a result of the pandemic.

The virus has already taken its toll on hospitals and households across the country and the world - with more than 33,000 deaths and 233,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the outbreak began.

Now experts have warned the impact of lockdown — including its effects on the nation’s economy — will take its toll on people’s psychological wellbeing across the country for years to come amid calls from the UN to bolster mental health provisions now to stop the situation worsening in the future.

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