Brits Much Less Likely to Have Contemplated Suicide During Lockdown - Marked Drop Sees Nearly a Third Less People Having Suicidal Thoughts During COVID-19 Crisis, Reveals Therapy Provider, Ieso Digital Health
LONDON, June 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --
Brits are 30% less likely to have experienced suicidal thoughts or thought about harming themselves during the COVID-19 lockdown than before the pandemic.
Depressive symptoms - including tiredness, a lack of energy and low self-esteem - have also dropped by 10% since March, according to remote mental health therapy provider, Ieso Digital Health.
New data from Ieso, which has been tracking psychological trends i NHS patients over the last seven years, shows that while the number of people experiencing symptoms of depression has fallen, there has been a rise (5%) in those experiencing anxiety – a first since 2013.
Commenting on the results, Sarah Bateup, cognitive behavioural therapist and Ieso's Chief Clinical Officer, said:
The findings are taken from around 15,000 online patient assessment scores on referral to Ieso's adult psychological therapy service between January and May 2020 and compared to the mean from 2013-2019, in which the sample size is nearly 30,000.
The marked drop in those seeking to harm themselves, thinking of taking their own lives or experiencing other depressive symptoms is thought to be linked to the COVID-19 lockdown "camaraderie effect"- often seen when individuals feel a part of a collective community.
However, the Royal College of GPs has recently warned of a huge surge in mental health conditions expected as the lockdown lifts.