With calls to mental health charity Mind doubling and urgent referrals of people with mental health problems increasing 15% as a result of the pandemic, The Telegraph decided it had to act.
At the beginning of 2021, the news brand launched a campaign called ‘Mental Health Emergency’ to drive awareness of the country’s mental health crisis.
Part of the initiative included sharing the stories of readers who have struggled since the start of the pandemic, advice on how to protect yourself, and insights into what it is like being a new parent during the pandemic.
The Telegraph feature writer and columnist Bryony Gordon has been one of the editorial leaders of the campaign. She also hosts ‘Mad World’, a Telegraph podcast speaking to celebrities and everyday people about their struggles with mental health.
It is, of course, absolutely crucial that we socially distance to save lives from Covid 19. But in the process, we also must not sacrifice the many hundreds of thousands of people who are currently experiencing mental health issues — all the statistics show the detrimental effect that lockdowns are having on people’s well-being.Bryony Gordon said at the launch of the campaign