Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th January 2021.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support he is providing to people with severe mental illness during the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

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

The mental health of everyone is absolutely critical in these unprecedented times. National Health Service mental health services remain open for business and are available throughout the November lockdown restrictions and throughout the winter, providing support online and by phone where necessary. The NHS will also work to ensure that the option of face-to-face support is provided to people with serious mental illness across all ages, where it is clinically safe to do so.

All mental health trusts have established 24 hours a day, seven days a week urgent helplines where people experiencing a mental health crisis can access urgent support and advice.

People with serious mental illness continue to be able to get help from NHS volunteer responders to access essentials, such as food and medication during this period of national restrictions and throughout the winter.

We will bring forward our winter plan for mental health and wellbeing in due course, which will further detail the support available during the remaining weeks of restrictions and beyond.

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