The ongoing coronavirus lockdown is inevitably having an impact on everyone’s mental health. But while there’s plenty of advice and resources out there for managing mild and moderate symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, it might be harder to know where to turn in a mental health crisis.
Dealing with suicidal thoughts is distressing and frightening at any time, and lockdown can understandably make you feel all the more isolated with your feelings. We’re collectively facing uncertainty and anxiety about the future, social isolation, restrictions on our movement, and the stress of adapting to new routines. But it’s important to remember that, even if you can’t access support in all the usual ways, you’re not alone and there is still help available.
“We are facing a crisis that most of us have never experienced in our lifetime. Because of this crisis, many different feelings can occur. These could include anxiety, fear, panic, regret, guilt, anger, a sense of loss, loss of hope, loneliness, or despair, and these feelings might even lead to suicidal thoughts,” says Yuko Nippoda, a spokesperson for the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and accredited psychotherapist.
“When you think the world is no longer worth living for, it is very important to know that it is natural to have these feelings; it is a very frightening world at the moment. You are responding to the situation you’re facing, and many people also feel the same way. You are not alone under these circumstances, and there are people out there who would like to help you,” she adds.