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Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 75419, tabled on 16 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the correlation between loneliness and suicide, what steps his Department is taking to support mental health for people during the recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

30 July 2020

We recognise that social distancing, self-isolation and shielding are likely to have increased the risk of loneliness and mental health issues for some people.

Mental health services have remained open for business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering support digitally, over the phone and face to face where possible. We are working with the National Health Service, Public Health England and others to understand the specific impacts and to improve support for people experiencing these issues as we move into the ‘recovery’ phase.

From 2019/20, we are investing £57 million in suicide prevention through the NHS Long Term Plan. This will see investment in all areas of the country by 2023/24 to support local suicide prevention plans and establish suicide bereavement support services plan.