The coronavirus lockdown is having an impact on our mental and physical health: almost 49% of Brits say they’re feeling more anxious, 38% report a lack of sleep and 35% are eating more food or less healthily than before.
It is so important that all Londoners take care of their mental wellbeing as well as their physical health over the challenging weeks and months ahead of us. Thrive LDN, the city-wide movement to ensure all Londoners have an equal opportunity to good mental health, is coordinating the public mental health response to COVID-19 in London with partners on behalf of Public Health England (London).
This partnership approach, which includes City Hall, is supporting Londoners by amongst other things:
- supporting Good Thinking to develop and launch online apps and resources to support Londoners’ mental health
- setting up projects to tackle loneliness during COVID-19 in partnership with Campaign to End Loneliness
- working on ways of reaching and supporting people at a community level who are not online
- working with Mind in London and This is Me campaign to develop a mental health offer for voluntary and business sector; and with Cavendish Square Group to develop a workforce resilience programme
How are you doing? How are you feeling at this time?
What more do you think City Hall, the Government or other organisations could do to help ensure good mental health for all Londoners?
What issues do you think the coronavirus crisis has raised for those already socially isolated or lonely?
Once the crisis is over, how can we continue to support Londoners’ mental health and to prevent people from feeling lonely?
Tell us in the discussion below.