Published: 22nd Jun 2020

Numerous UK organisations are seeing an increase in requests for help, through phone lines, text services, webchat and email. A report published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) last week (June 15) shows that 37%, equivocal to 19 million adults, are reporting high levels of anxiety; this peaked during the first week of lockdown at 49%, a sharp rise from 21% at the end of 2019. Samaritans have estimated that a third of the calls received via its 24-hour helpline are related to Coronavirus, and PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide reports that 90% of its HELPLINEUK callers discuss the pandemic. From January – May, the NSPCC counselled over 7,000 children with specifically Coronavirus related worries; there is a clear need for support at this time, and it appears that all ages are being profoundly affected. A spectrum of charities, offering support on a wide range of issues, describe patterns … (To read the full article, subscribe below)