Lords to explore COVID-19 mental health impacts
The Lords Science and Technology Committee continues its inquiry into the Science of COVID-19, by questioning clinicians and researchers on the mental health impacts of the pandemic.
Following on from its session on Tuesday 15 September exploring the long-term health implications of COVID-19, the Committee will move to exploring the mental health impacts.
The session will first focus on the mental health impacts of the illness upon patients who suffer a severe case and/or prolonged issues with ‘long-COVID’, as well as the impacts upon their families and upon health and care staff. The Committee will then hear about the mental health impacts of the pandemic and the response, including upon vulnerable groups, children, and people with pre-existing mental health conditions. The Committee will seek to determine where research is required to understand the impacts, and also what healthcare services will be needed now and in the longer term.
- Does the NHS have the expertise, capacity and coordination to offer longer-term psychological treatment to those who have suffered traumatic experiences of serious illness, or who are suffering with prolonged symptoms of ‘long COVID’?
- Have support services for staff been expanded ahead of the anticipated resurgence of the virus in the winter?
- What are the effects on bereaved families who have experienced "complicated grief" during the pandemic?
- If further restrictions need to be introduced again in future, could anything be done differently to reduce the mental health impacts upon people who are isolated, in particular the elderly and other vulnerable groups, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions?
- To what extent are children experiencing mental health impacts, whether obvious or subtle, and could these lead to difficulties in future?