Most people feel this way from time to time. If you feel very down or anxious most of the time, then this might mean that you're suffering from clinical depression or you could have anxiety.
Talk to your GP if you're worried at all about how you've been feeling. There's treatment and support available to help you.
If you need urgent support or want to talk to someone straight away, there are a range of free, confidential mental health helplines available.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone’s lives. Many people have found it hard to cope with extra worry, loneliness and restrictions on our ability to do the things that we enjoy.
Research suggests that reported levels of depression, anxiety and stress have increased since the pandemic. Frequently looking at social media or news and information about COVID-19 has also been linked to experiencing symptoms of anxiety.
The mental health charity Mind has some helpful resources if you’re worried about how coronavirus is affecting your mental health.
As well as talking to your pharmacist or GP, there are a number of charities and organisations offering support and information. If someone's life is at risk, for example they've seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose, go to A&E or call 999. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one.
Gill Stone MRPharmS
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