Close’s charity, Bring Change to Mind, explains that a mental illness affects the brain, with one in four adults experiencing some form of illness including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during their lifetime.
The most common mental health conditions affecting adults and young people in England are depression and anxiety. In fact, during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a 25 percent increase in the prevalence of both of these conditions.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) explained that one of the major reasons behind this increase was the unprecedented stress caused by social isolation, and the constraints on people’s ability to work, seek support from loved ones and engage in their communities.
Furthermore, loneliness, fear of infection, suffering and death for oneself and for loved ones, grief after bereavement and financial worries were also cited as stressors leading to anxiety and depression.