UCC Professor: Demand For Mental Health Services Has Never Been Higher

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a surge in the need for mental health supports

An increase of depressive and anxiety symptoms were detected across three large population-based surveys.

The research also found an increase in alcohol abuse over the last year.

Professor of Public Mental Health at UCC, Ella Arensman says that this could be as a result of a drop in face-to-face mental health services:

"Fairly quickly, face-to-face mental health services were transferred to telemedicine or online internet based support programmes. We still don't know a lot about the effectiveness of these alternative ways of mental health services, particularly for people with severe mental health conditions."

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