Together supports coalition of charities to create a new Mental Health Renewal Plan for England
Posted on 26, June 2020
Prime Minister urged by major coalition of charities to create a new Mental Health Renewal Plan for England to support the nation’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic
The devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic demands an urgent renewal plan for the nation’s mental health to avoid crisis. An unprecedented coalition of over 50 voluntary and social sector organisations, of which Together is a part, has written to the Prime Minister today to call for a cross-government approach to put the nation’s mental health at the heart of its Covid-19 recovery plan.
Together are among the coalition of charities joined by voices from across the voluntary sector who warn that the system will fail to cope with an increase in demand without a comprehensive and fundamentally new approach to mental health. That will need to both prevent and respond to the damage inflicted on the nation’s mental health by Covid-19. The coalition is asking the Prime Minister to convene a cross-governmental group to work with the sector and provide the financial and political backing to develop policy and unlock crucial funding across England.
Research from the sector illustrates how the pandemic has already inflicted a heavy toll on the nation’s mental health, with a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable in society. Nearly eighty percent of people living with mental distress reported that their mental health deteriorated as a result of the crisis, almost half of the UK population have experienced high levels of anxiety and Samaritans have provided emotional support more than 7,000 times a day.
The impact of months of social isolation, soaring levels of anxiety and the acute distress of bereavement has exacerbated existing health inequalities and is expected to be compounded by significant financial insecurity faced by households across the country, with an estimated half a million more people expected to experience mental health problems as a result of the economic impact of Covid-19.
Together for Mental Wellbeing is proud to be part of that major coalition that has written to the Prime Minister and the letter and report are available below: