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Britain’s next great health crisis is already here

Mental health has become a buzzword, with members of the royal family and celebrities chiming in. But Covid-19 has left millions around the world dealing with loss, grief, and insecurity—it's time to move beyond PR-friendly initiatives

By Emily Reynolds   July 2020

Even if you don’t personally live with the same problems that many of us do, then a moment’s reflection will reveal how the current crisis of physical health will inevitably bear on mental health too. With millions infected by Covid-19 and hundreds of thousands dead around the world, no area of life has gone unaffected: businesses closed, jobs lost, friends separated, relatives grieving. And these are merely the more obvious effects. Beyond the lost lives and livelihoods there is a ubiquitous worry about getting sick, plus a pervasive sense of uncertainty, insecurity and gnawing anxiety that…

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