Concerns about Impact of Pandemic on Mental Health
Concerns about an increase in mental health problems prompted by the pandemic has sparked calls for people to talk about their feelings more.
Loneliness, social isolation, fears for job security, bereavement, grief, financial worries and anxiety about Coronavirus are all issues which people may have struggled with during lockdown and Glasgow's Suicide Prevention specialists fear that the impact on people's mental health may become increasingly apparent in coming months.
At the start of National Suicide Prevention Week today, Stewart Moore of Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP), urged anyone struggling with stress or mental health problems to seek help.
Stewart is part of a Glasgow team which provides Suicide Prevention Training and he knows from personal experience that lockdown was tough. He became a grandad for the first time during lockdown, however, this wonderful, life-affirming experience proved bitter sweet, as the pandemic meant Stewart and his wife, Marion, couldn't hold their new grandson, Lucca, for the first three months of his life. Technology helped fill the void - Stewart's son, Jonathan and his partner, Sophie, sent lots of baby photos and made daily video calls to sustain his grandparents over the long weeks and months until the restrictions began to ease - but all they longed for was a hug with Lucca. Read the full story.