Mental health

I don’t think my 5 and 7 year old can take another setback if we go back into lockdown in the October break. Can we not recommend isolation for those in high risk groups. Why is no one reviewing what Sweden has done?

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Mental health

by StuartArbuckle83 on October 05, 2020 at 08:24PM

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  • Posted by Charlotta October 05, 2020 at 20:44

    Completely agree. Follow the Swedish model now. Consider the big picture, think long term.
  • Posted by ammys83 October 05, 2020 at 21:17

    Absolute agree. The effects of lockdown and restrictions will be seen for years to come. We should definitely consider what Sweden is doing.
  • Posted by MJDuthie October 05, 2020 at 21:20

    The mental health of the population needs to be given far more consideration. The majority of the population now see the governments restrictions as disproportionately extreme. In March we believed in what we were asked to do. It was a unified attempt to help the NHS save lives by helping to “flatten the curve” with the combined efforts of our nation this was achieved and the NHS given the respite they needed albeit in the South of England more than in Scotland where lockdown was in place too early for the NHS to be near overwhelmed. It has now become a “stop Covid” policy in place of a “help the NHS save lives by flattening the curve” policy and we don’t have the means to stop Covid. We are therefore only slowing it down at the extreme cost of the entire populations mental health. Everyone I speak to, work with or review on social media seem to be at an increased level of stress and anxiety due to the global economic impact of the “prevention measures and restrictions” rather than due to the pandemic itself. We are now comparing “R Numbers” estimated by testing in October with intensive care cases and fatalities earlier in the year. Administrations in all the countries of the United Kingdom need to look more at the mental health of their populace and Scotland should be taking the lead on. As it stand currently the Scottish Administration has paid less heed to the mental health and economy of the nation than the English administration who seem to realise the world can’t close down indefinitely and must keep on turning. Businesses should be allowed to resume and family visits should be reinstated. The elderly Should be given priority and also allowed to choose if they wish to be shielded or not. If hospital admissions and serious cases increase this can be reviewed. For the sake of the mental stability of the nation we cannot continue forever as it has been. 6 months is long enough to effect even the strongest. Mental health should he recognised on a similar level as physical health.
  • Posted by Spuddie79 October 05, 2020 at 22:23

    I know so many normally strong people who are really struggling right now. You need to try much harder to consider mental health, and I don’t mean tackling the symptoms, I mean stop causing mental health issues with your actions. For example, hinting at restrictions on a Friday but not announcing what they are till the Tuesday. Have you any idea how much anxiety this causes?
  • Posted by Krissy90 October 06, 2020 at 01:22

    Totally agree , follow Sweden. Mental health should be given more consideration, mines has went through the roof , my son is breaking down with all this and won’t survive another lockdown . The changes are too much with his autism . And I certainly can’t keep up with the changes . Life is for living
  • Posted by gmb October 06, 2020 at 17:07

    Completely agree with MJDuthie's comment at 21:20, 5th October, above.
  • Posted by marine October 06, 2020 at 20:21

    Agree with MJDuthie. Let’s hope the government listen. !
  • Posted by Pipkins October 10, 2020 at 15:58

    The Swedish model has involved a lot of restrictions which people never mention. They limited class sizes in schools, had travel bans from people coming from outside the EU and banned care home visits. They also allowed many in their population to die. In a report in the British medical Journal, a member of independent Sage stated "Sweden has had an enormous amount of deaths per head of population, 5880 deaths representing 581 deaths per million population. Compared with its neighbours it has been unsuccessful in preventing deaths—Finland, for example, has had 343 deaths, which equals 62 deaths per million population.” Regarding mental health, do you not think seeing relatives or neighbours die could affect children's mental health? Unfortunately we are still in the middle of this pandemic and we have to accept restrictions and do what's best for everyone, including our children while trying to confront the reality.
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