Ahead of World Mental Health Day this weekend, Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore is urging his constituents to seek support if they are struggling during the pandemic.
Coronavirus and lockdown have taken an immeasurable toll on people’s mental health. A survey conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in May reported that 43% of UK psychiatrists saw an increase in urgent and emergency cases following lockdown. According to data from the Office for National Statistics, almost one in five adults (19.2%) in Great Britain were likely to be experiencing some form of depression in June – nearly double the rate before the pandemic. Chris is now keen to signpost support to those who may be struggling.
Mind Cymru operates a helpline which acts as an information and signposting service for people who need it. It is open from 9am until 6pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) and can be reached via: 0300 123 3393.
The Mind Cymru team are able to help with:
· mental health problems
· where to get help near you
· treatment options
· advocacy services.
Samaritans also provide 24/7 support via their helpline: 116 123.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“The Covid-19 pandemic has only further underlined the importance of good mental health. The pressures this crisis has inflicted on people’s lives and livelihoods across the Ogmore constituency cannot be overstated.
“It’s vital that local residents know that there is support available if you need it. Whatever you’re concerned about, please don’t be afraid to reach out to a friend, a loved one, or some of the many support organisations we have available.