Irish society is set to come out the other side of this pandemic as an altogether changed nation. Never before in our recent history has a health crisis dealt us such a heightened level of anxiety, separation and grief in such a short timespan.
According to the WHO, the impact of movement restrictions on people’s usual routines and livelihoods will likely lead to heightened levels of loneliness, depression, substance use, self-harm and suicidal behaviour.
Over 40% of respondents said that they were very concerned about household stress from confinement and reported an increase in alcohol consumption, according to a recent survey by the Central Statistics Office.
Numerous charities in Ireland have expressed particular concern for the long-term wellbeing of older people, frontline care providers and people with underlying health conditions.
Younger generations, although at less risk of serious Covid-19 complications, are still feeling the emotional strain, as subscriptions for mental health apps and online resources spike.
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We want to speak to people of all ages - from students to older people - as well as vulnerable people cocooning and those with underlying mental health conditions about how they have been impacted by a more restricted life.
We will also talk to mental health professionals working on the frontline to learn about their experience in supporting patients during and after the restrictive phase of the crisis and what can be done to better support them after the pandemic.
Finally, with an already overstretched mental health system, we want to investigate what the State as well as charities and community groups can do to ensure that adequate resources are put in place to help those that need it into the future.
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