No one can tell when face-to-face therapy can restart. Yet, that’s not stopping people in the UK from seeking counselling during the lockdown. 

Since the beginning of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, people’s lives have been turned upside down. Efforts to stop the virus from spreading made authorities in the UK impose social distancing and lockdown measures. 

Yet, these measures triggered an increase in stress and anxiety in people, especially those with diagnosed mental health issues, but even among those without. Significant changes in their everyday life, including having to stay in lockdown, coupled with the economic impacts on the pandemic on UK households have led to an unprecedented wave of mental health issues. 

To keep people informed about how they can manage their poor mental wellbeing, big publications such as The Guardian, BBC, and Independent have all shared articles about life in lockdown and the impacts it has on mental health. But, all of them also share the idea that there’s been a surge in online therapy demand since the beginning of the pandemic. 

All these major media names stress the same idea: life in lockdown has a negative impact on Brits’ mental health. And, a survey from the Office of National Statistics highlights the same idea, showing that people in the UK are now more worried about high levels of stress, boredom, and anxiety than they are about their general health. 

Life in lockdown led to a rise in mental health problems 

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned all our lives upside down, bringing many changes to our everyday lives. We are all isolated from the people we love, our daily routines have been changed completely, and we are all worries that we might get the virus, us or one of our loved ones. Besides that, the pandemic also brought many consequences on our finances, leading to a lot of financial uncertainty. Plus, not to mention that we all worry about what life after lockdown will be like. 

So, that being said, feelings of stress and anxiety are quite normal in such difficult and uncertain times. Yet, coping with them can be really challenging, and they can also lead to more severe mental wellbeing problems. 

Online therapy on the rise during the lockdown 

Can you get help with your mental health issues during the lockdown? Absolutely! Online therapy is a safe and convenient way to get expert advice from a counsellor even when you are locked inside your home. 

Attending traditional face-to-face therapy is out of the question right now due to the lockdown and social distancing restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading. Yet, online therapy is a safe method to get counselling remotely, from the comfort of your own home. 

BBC, for example, has shared a story about online music therapy and how much it helps people with dementia during the lockdown. Metro, another media giant, has shared an article about how more and more private therapists have started to adapt to these difficult times and offer online therapy services to help their clients. 

Online therapy isn’t a new concept. It has actually been growing in popularity over the last few years. But, the on-going COVID-19 pandemic has definitely triggered a surge in its demand.