July 25, 2021


Health to Life

Telegraph readers share their ordeals in lockdown

2 min read

“After 8 many years of caring for my father with Parkinson’s, he was taken to clinic with a kidney infection previous March. Not able to take a look at him for the reason that of Covid-19, I phoned the medical center just about every working day and was advised he was battling to take in. At just one place, he fell more than and broke his hip. Just after a thirty day period, they let me in to enable him take in. 

“The tension of stressing about Father was amplified by the disaster unfolding across the place. I began getting stress attacks my imagination was heading into overdrive. I lay awake for hours, sensation like the partitions had been closing in on me. 

“Then, in May possibly, he died, leaving me with inner thoughts of extreme guilt. I just couldn’t consider I was not there to help him.”


Felicity, from Newcastle

“My psychological wellness mainly improved during lockdown. It gave me a chance to reassess my priorities – I rediscovered some previous pleasures like examining fiction and found some new kinds like checking out the neighborhood countryside.

“I was obtaining confront-to-face treatment prior to lockdown, which would commonly have only lasted all over 6 months but, the moment lockdown started off, these sessions have been available above the mobile phone and lasted for practically 8 months. I have been so blessed.”


Gemma, from Derry

“I reside alone and my household members all live in England. I have a identity condition, stress and anxiety and depression which ended up all analyzed staying in isolation, it was tough to balance my feelings, suicidal feelings and self care.

“I was lucky enough to be pre enrolled with a mental wellness guidance support. My keyworker went over and outside of to check out in with my nicely-becoming as effectively as organising exercise packs to be despatched out such as the related signposting to outreach agencies. I also acquired each day invites to Zoom meetings on various topics or pursuits these kinds of as art treatment, workout, virtual tours of museums and towns. I truly think my mental wellness would have deteriorated without having their help and knowledge. I am very grateful.”


Maria, from Marlborough

“I am a midwife and I spoke to a the latest mom (as I felt really worried about her mental wellbeing) who was really tearful and frustrated and has been started on medicine.

“She feels it commenced right after obtaining to be locked down for so long throughout being pregnant and now she has a child – she doesn’t have any assistance and just cannot depart the dwelling to meet up with persons or join groups. Her mental overall health has appreciably deteriorated and she longs to wake up and truly feel typical.”


Alastair, from London 

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