255 total views, 1 views today
VitaMinds, a free NHS mental health psychological talking therapy service provided by Vita Health Group, has today released new research revealing that 63% of people in the UK are feeling anxious about COVID-19, yet 1 in 5 are reticent to speak to a doctor for fear of wasting their time or being asked to attend the practice in person.
The research, which surveyed 2,000 adults in the UK, also found that only 8% of people who are feeling anxious have actually contacted their GP, while just 2% intend to contact their GP for help in the near future.
These results are particularly significant as the UK continues to see high rates of mental health issues, with Mind reporting that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK now experience a mental health problem each year and 1 in 6 people in England experience a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
On top of this, how people cope with mental health problems is getting worse as the number of people who self-harm or have suicidal thoughts is increasing.
This new research proves particularly worrying because, if people in lockdown are avoiding seeing a doctor (either for fear of being asked to attend the surgery or because they don’t want to waste their GPs time), numbers of those who may become very vulnerable or high risk cases in the future could increase significantly, which could ultimately put more strain on the NHS down the line.
Other noteworthy results from the VitaMinds survey
- More women than men report to be anxious about Covid-19 (68% of women, as opposed to 57% men);
- The most anxious regions of the UK are reported to be East Anglia, North East and Wales;
- The most anxious age group is reported to be 18-24, whilst those who are 55+ are feeling less anxious overall;
VitaMinds launches this research in parallel with the launch of its free NHS mental health psychological talking therapy service in three new locations across the UK; Kent and Medway, Calderdale, and Derbyshire. This bolsters the already burgeoning service VitaMinds provides in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, as well as Basildon and Brentwood.
The free service allows anyone who is feeling anxious, depressed, those who are lacking in motivation, or those with low mood to contact a support team online or over the phone for a virtual therapy session.
From there, a VitaMinds therapist will talk to that individual and offer suggestions on next steps and provide them with the appropriate help they need.
Upon evaluating the research results, Jane Muston, Clinical Director at Vita Health Group, emphasised: ‘The key thing that we need to make clear here is that the NHS is still very much open for business.
‘Our NHS services, in particular our GPs, are here to help everyone, and people must never feel that they are wasting their GPs time by contacting them about their mental health concerns. It is important that people do reach out to their GP, or other available support, if they have any fears around the current situation impacting their quality of life or their ability to carry out day to day activities within the current restriction.’
Muston continues: ‘It’s a real concern, but understandable in the current situation, that a number of people are reluctant to contact their local NHS services. Using our VitaMinds service people can refer themselves on our website without needing to travel to their GP practice or have any face to face contact at all. Not only is the service totally free and 100% private and secure, but everything can be done over the phone or online, from initial consultation to treatment.
‘We truly hope this provides some reassurance for those who are too nervous to go out right now and also help those who are shielding or self-isolating and cannot leave their houses during this challenging time.’
*** Image credit: Freepik
Psychreg is mainly for information purposes only. Materials on this website are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, medical treatment, or therapy. Never disregard professional psychological or medical advice nor delay in seeking professional advice or treatment because of something you have read on this website.
We work with different advertisers and sponsors to bring you free and quality content. We cannot be held liable for the actions of any of these vendors. Any links provided on this website to other websites are not intended to provide an endorsement, approval, recommendation or preference by Psychreg. We have no liability or responsibility whatsoever for the privacy practices or the content of those linked websites whatsoever.
We publish differing views and we foster freedom of expression. Opinion pieces on this website do not reflect the views of the editor or any of our contributors.
We aim to create a platform where people can better understand each other. If you have an alternative view on any of the articles that we published, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read our full disclaimer here.