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Struggling households at further risk of mental health issues due to pandemic stress

Covid-related job losses, housing issues and loneliness are to blame

The pandemic has put struggling households across the county at further risk of mental ill health.

People facing greater disadvantages in life – surviving on low incomes, living in insecure housing or experiencing difficulties with employment – are also likely to need support for depression, anxiety and feelings of isolation.

They are being pushed closer to mental health issues because of the extra emotional strain caused by Covid-related job losses, worries about money, housing, heating and food, and being cut off from support networks.

We understand that when problems are mounting up, it can feel difficult to take the first step and reach out for support, but you don’t have to cope alone. We are here to listen to your concerns, help you manage your mental health and start to work with you on any other problems you might have such as housing worries, loneliness or debt. If you are struggling, please don’t suffer in silence – reach out to us.

We work to prevent people from falling further into hardship and give them the tools to manage their mental health.

We've supported more than 9,000 Kent residents in similar situations over the past year but believe many more across the county will need help as the full impact of the pandemic becomes clear.

We're also determined to step up efforts to tackle the social causes of mental ill health.

We know that factors largely beyond our control, such as the housing we can afford, welfare policy and the buoyancy of the job market, all affect our mental health and emotional wellbeing.

People in deprived areas are disproportionately affected by mental health issues. We're working in these areas to help people address all of the challenges they are facing so they can stay well and manage their own lives.

Read more about the links between deprivation and poor mental health.