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October is Mental Health Awareness Month and World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October 2020. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has added a new dimension to concerns regarding mental health in our communities. Across the globe stories continue to emerge of people’s experiences of anxiety, fear and depression due to the uncertainty and stress brought on by the virus.1–3 Job losses, financial and housing insecurity, the challenges of working from home, home schooling, restricted access to health and social care services and social isolation coupled with reduced support and contact with family and friends have all impacted people’s well-being. There is particular concern about the mental health of healthcare workers during this difficult time.
While most healthcare workers are resilient to …
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