According to local media on Saturday, mental health issues have risen dramatically as a result of the coronavirus quarantine in the United Kingdom.”Even simple symptoms like a sore throat, those calls are coming in with mental health issues,” Ruth Lander, a member of the training team for the North Wales non-emergency 111 service, explained.
“Whether it’s an elderly person who is lonely or a young mother who has lost her support network and is struggling, the mental health aspects of the calls we receive have definitely increased,” Lander said.
“People are anxious and afraid, and that’s the benefit of this service,” Lander explained, “because we can explain things to them and help them.”
Even with increased public awareness of mental health support, the full effects of lockdown, according to Jason Killens, chief executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service, are only now emerging, according to the Xinhua news agency.
“We expect these problems to get worse and more complicated as people in our communities face a variety of stresses,” Killens said.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in England, the country has been on lockdown for the third time. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have enacted similar restrictions.
According to official figures released on Friday, another 8,523 people in the United Kingdom have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,163,085.
A total of 345 people died as a result of the coronavirus in the country. The total number of deaths caused by the coronavirus in the United Kingdom now stands at 122,415. Only people who died within 28 days of their first positive test are included in these figures.
Countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Russia, and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines in order to restore normalcy.