The knock-on effects of lockdown - Mental HealthWatch
The above will sadly not be the only case of this occuring due to lockdown. We need to remember that some people will be unable to cope with both lockdown and then the economic effects afterwards. There needs to be a balance between keeping people safe from the virus and making sure we don't make the mental health crisis even worse.
But I would caution against thinking its all bad. Yes the news focuses on the bad things, but I expect there to be positives as well that shouldn't be forgotten.
People with social anxiety or other issues may find this time actually reduces their problems temporarily
People with extreme stress in their work might find a bit of respite..
Family related tensions/problems, while many will get worse (see the problems with domestic abuse currently) other families are finding this time is bringing them together, perhaps giving more support for those who need it.
Its also worth noting that the alternative to a lockdown isn't 'normal life' its the collapse of the NHS and a whole lot of death/illness.. While the lockdown does give issues for people with mental health problems, the alternative is probably worse.
For those who are struggling though, I do really sympathise, especially with the fact that you can have a problem, but thanks to the lockdown be effectivly trapped and unable to do anything to help it.