Temperature Check for Ivybridge Wellbeing
December 4, 2020

What are the mental health issues in our community at the moment?

That was the question I asked of 4 people – the Community Connector – The Social Prescriber – The Ivybridge Lions and the CAB Healthwatch Champion. I asked them informally to get an anecdotal ‘temperature check’ of what is happening in the Ivybridge area.

They all pointed to noticing an increase in anxiety. This is, in some cases directly linked to COVID and in other cases a fear and worry about what the future might hold.

Many people are struggling and unsettled by the change in routine they are experiencing economic hardship through job-loss. Another interesting element is that some people seem to be finding bereavement hard to process. The feelings might not be from a recent bereavement – but an old feelings that have re-surfaced due to all the conversation around illness and Covid.

The other area that seemed prevalent was that of isolation. If people live on their own the second lockdown has been particularly hard. The ‘normal’ social interactions of meeting friends and family are no longer there and even small things, like taking a dog to the vets – is hard to do.

It’s not all negative. The positives have been an upsurge in volunteering and community spirit. Many groups have carried on but have adapted to circumstances (eg by adopting online gatherings). There have been huge challenges for community groups, but they have embraced this challenge and many have overcome the hurdle of additional paperwork and form-filling to keep their groups afloat.

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