The effects of Covid-19 has given way to a much larger, more silent crisis.
The subsequent restrictions and lockdowns put in place in response to the pandemic have had serve adverse implications on the public’s mental health.
With many people finding it difficult to stay positive as the UK has been plunged in to its third national lockdown. Britons have found their mental health deteriorating.
Over the last year, The Samaritans has seen an increase in calls and a decrease in volunteers, due to people isolating. They receive a call every seven seconds.
Alex is a Volunteer Listener for the Samaritans. He works to ensure that people have someone to speak to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a vision of fewer people dying through suicide.
Alex said: “The human mind can be really busy at times with different stress, different worries and different anxieties”
Recently callers’ concerns have been centred around job losses, income loss, lack of access to mental health services and domestic abuse as well as isolation worries.
Everyone is in need of support and recovery.
Here is what Alex had to say: