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SANE comment for World Mental Health Day
Added: 9th Oct 2020

Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, in anticipation of World Mental Health Day on Saturday, October 10:

“SANE has growing concerns about the effect of prolonged loneliness and uncertainty, not just on older people who are isolated but on the young for whom there is some early evidence of increased suicide and self-harm.

“We need urgent investment in mental health services so that there are enough doctors, nurses and therapists to respond to those newly at risk, as well as those whose care has been neglected as a result of the pandemic. 

“Our experience of the increasing levels of depression, fear and distress amongst those who contact us strongly suggests the NHS is at risk of being overwhelmed by a mental health epidemic.”

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