How Centre for Mental Health is working during the coronavirus outbreak to make a difference
24 April 2020
The global coronavirus pandemic is not just a physical health emergency. It also has significant impacts on our mental health. At Centre for Mental Health, we are playing our part in responding to the crisis and taking action now to address both the short- and long-term mental health challenges it presents.
Working for equality in mental health is at the heart of everything we do. So our response to coronavirus is centred on reducing inequalities. We want to ensure that everyone’s mental health is protected during the crisis, and that those with the greatest risks get the best protection. And we want to ensure that people with mental health difficulties are treated fairly throughout.
Our work to address the pandemic has already started. It comes in three strands, each with a range of actions we are taking to support mental health equality:
1. Supporting people and services
We’re sharing essential resources, monitoring and acting on mental health inequalities, and helping people and services across the country to respond to needs as they arise
2. A platform for lived experience
We’re amplifying the voice of lived experience throughout the pandemic, and collating the stories of people across the country about how coronavirus has impacted their mental health
3. Research and analysis
We’re using research evidence to forecast the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health, and publishing briefings on key topics such as collective trauma.