Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th June 2020.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to potential increases in demand for mental health services as a result of the covid-19 outbreak, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of Government funding for those services.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government and the National Health Service recognises that the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to lead to the onset of new mental health difficulties as well as exacerbating existing problems, creating additional demand on services. Mental health services will therefore need to adapt to ensure appropriate and timely service levels to meet people’s needs.

We are working with the NHS and Public Health England, service users, academics and the voluntary sector to gather evidence and assess the potential longer-term mental health impacts of COVID-19 and plan for how to support the public’s mental health and wellbeing throughout the ‘recovery’ phase.

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