During the last year the impact of austerity and the Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in some of our residents feeling additional stress due to financial challenges. Not only are our most vulnerable residents finding it difficult but also those who have recently lost their jobs or who may be finding it difficult to keep up with their bills and suffer increased hardship due to changes in their working arrangements. We have heard from lots of residents about how the pandemic means they have less interaction with friends and family and we know there is an increased chance that this could have a negative impact on people’s mental health. Bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear are triggering mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones. Some may also be facing increased levels of alcohol and drug use, insomnia and anxiety.
Nearly a year ago our Ferndale Ward colleague Cllr Joshua Lindsey wrote about looking after you mental health during lockdown and we hope that by sharing this again people will be able to take practical steps to look after themselves and seek help if needed. Whilst Lambeth Council has a number of measures to help support people in financial hardship during the pandemic, local Councillors have also been lobbying for more support to be made available.
If you or someone you care about needs to talk about getting support please see details below:
Mind: 0300 123 3393 or www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus
Living Well Network: www.lambethcollaborative.org.uk/lwn-hub
Samaritans: 116 123
South London and Maudsley NHS Trust: 0800 731 2864 (Option 1)
Turn2us: 0808 802 2000 or www.turn2us.org.uk