Why we must take mental health seriously as Leeds approaches second national Covid lockdown - the YEP says

The nation’s hearts sank as the Prime Minister announced a second national lockdown this week.
And the first step towards getting that vital help is speaking out. Picture: ShutterstockAnd the first step towards getting that vital help is speaking out. Picture: Shutterstock
And the first step towards getting that vital help is speaking out. Picture: Shutterstock

For those already feeling fragile, the thought of another four weeks with a sense of loneliness and isolation has been further heightened.

Carers Leeds say they are anticipating an increase in the emotional support that they will need to be offering to all the unpaid family carers.

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Meanwhile, Paul Farmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, warned it could be “the greatest test of our mental health this year”.

Both Mind and Carers UK say the Government has to learn from mistakes and make sure people can get help early on.

And the first step towards getting that vital help is speaking out.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s #Speakyourmind campaign is calling on people to share their experiences to tackle the stigma of mental health.

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We need to take our city’s mental health seriously as we support each other in the difficult weeks to come.

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