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COVID-19 and measures to contain it are having an adverse impact on mental health – with the level of risk reflecting exposure and entrenched social and economic inequalities.

  • Co-designing responses to COVID-19 with mental health service users.
  • Working with the housing sector to continue to address homelessness.
  • Offsetting financial hardships for those experiencing unemployment.
  • Increasing access to support for BAME communities, investing in culturally appropriate care and undertaking a risk assessment for BAME staff working in mental health services.
  • Investment in mental health prevention at a national level and local level.
  • Ensuring young people can access support for mental health through education, primary care and youth organisations.
  • Equipping front-line workers and mental health professionals to respond effectively to violence and abuse whilst ensuring sustainable resourcing for organisations that provide support to survivors.

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