People are anxious about leaving their homes even as lockdown is eased
Super Saturday isn’t so super for all of us.
While the easing of lockdown measures is sparking excitement for all of those keen to get back to the pub and finally get their haircut, it’s a cause for anxiety for many.
A new report from Superdrug and My Online Therapy looks into the anxieties the British public are feeling in response to lockdown measures lifting, surveying more than 3,000 people about how they’re doing mentally amid the coronavirus pandemic.
80% of those surveyed said they believe social distancing and lockdown has negatively impacted mental health in the UK.
One of the primary causes of worry? Heading back into crowded places and socialising again after months of being cooped up at home.
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22% of those surveyed feel anxious to go into more crowded areas, while 21% said they feel insecure about being sociable again.
Then there are the safety concerns – 43% said they’re nervous about lockdown easing because they’re not sure they’ll be safe from coronavirus, while 12% are terrified of leaving the safety of their home.
That overwhelming fear of the outside world, agoraphobia, is something experts think is likely to be common following the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s important that, even when we’re enjoying pints in the park and going to restaurants again, we remember that not everyone will feel excited about rushing straight back to ‘normal’ – be patient with your friends who aren’t ready yet to jump back into socialising IRL.
In response to the report’s findings, Superdrug is partnering with My Online Therapy, to help make mental healthcare more easily accessible to anyone who needs support.
Michael Henry, healthcare director at Superdrug, says: ‘More than six out of 10 of our customers are telling us that their mental health has been negatively impacted by social distancing and lockdown measures. In addition, 84% of our customers have told us they want more accessible mental health services.
‘We’ve listened to what they need and to support them we’re launching a partnership with My Online Therapy to ensure a highly credible and qualified mental health service is readily available.
‘This service is now prominently displayed on Superdrug.com making it easy for people to find out more and look into what therapies might be most helpful to them at this time.’
Need support? Contact the Samaritans
For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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