Mental health: Are we coping with the coronavirus?

The extent of the psychological fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has yet to fully show itself, but some experts warn that forecasts of a tsunami of new referrals are premature

Medical opinion is split over whether the Covid-19 crisis is creating a spike in mental health problems. Picture: Getty

In June the College of Psychiatrists published the findings of a survey of its members that showed an increase in mental health referrals and relapse among those with mental illness following the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions.

The college said that its members were witnessing a “worrying increase in referrals” as well as an increase in urgent and acute presentations to specialist mental health services. A previously predicted surge in mental illness presentations looked increasingly ...