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Thursday, 18 February 2021

Supporting the collective response to the mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

Supporting the collective response to the mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

Whilst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues it is understandable that people might feel anxious, stressed or low in mood. These feelings are an understandable reaction to very difficult circumstances. For many people this will be a reaction that resolves itself. For some these feelings may persist.

Many senior community leaders have asked what we anticipate the mental health response to be as part of the pandemic so we have produced this slide deck and video which outline the data and some of the things that we are predicting may happen, as well as ideas on how we can best come together as a community to support those people with mental health issues as a result of the pandemic.

Focusing on the following top six priorities the video, presented by Dr Peter Hughes and Dr Ian Petch, outlines in more detail the steps we can take as a community to support a collective response to the mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Keeping mental health services accessible and trauma-informed
  • Continuing to plan for surges in demand
  • Supporting primary care to continue delivering good mental health care
  • Prioritising our most vulnerable
  • Strengthening families, workplaces, communities
  • Meeting basic needs

The video and slide deck also include information on the support which is available, including ways to focus on resilience and the various talking therapies services which are available to local people.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies and Wellbeing services (IAPT) offer a range of talking therapy options to help you manage symptoms of stress, worry, and low mood and to build your emotional resilience.

IAPT services provide specialist interventions and support including one-to-one support to help people with stress-related problems, anxiety disorders, depression and trauma.

If you require more specialist support with mental health needs your local IAPT service can also help you find this.

Your local IAPT websites can be found  at:

Health and social care staff can also see what additional support is available to them here.

As part of the drive to improve the collective health and wellbeing of our community, the Trust is hosting a South London Listens engagement exercise across south west London on Monday 1 March at 1pm in partnership with Citizens UK and run by community leaders. Attendees will be invited to share their experiences of Covid-19 and the pressures this has placed on their mental health and wellbeing. This will be used to help inform a two-year programme of prevention that will be launched by at a final summit in June. To register to take part in this event click here.