Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera 29 Feb 2020

Coronavirus lockdown in China raises mental health concerns


Strict regulations to control the spread of coronavirus in China are taking a toll on mental health as people are confined to their homes for weeks.
Health professionals say millions are struggling to cope with anxiety and fears over the future.
Those under lockdown in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, are particularly at risk.
Al Jazeera's Katrina Yu reports from Beijing, China.

Concerns surrounding a mental health crisis are rising during lockdown as many are reporting a decline in personal well being.

Being separated from our loved ones and staying inside could be having a significant impact across the UK.

Despite the uptick in people reporting mental health concerns, the number of people utilising mental health services in the NHS has declined.
Mental health charities are warning of the devastating impact the lockdown will have on people's mental health. The BBC has been told by 8 charities that a mental health crisis is looming as the lockdown is eased.
There are fears that a "tidal wave" of patients - who were left untreated during lockdown - will require care post the pandemic and services won't be able to cope. The BBC's Simon O'Leary has been speaking to families who lost loved ones to suicide during the pandemic.
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