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23 November 2020

DHSC publishes 'Staying mentally well this winter', the government's plan to support people's wellbeing and mental health this winter

Summary

The plan, published by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), sets out government support that will be in place in the immediate term to help mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on people’s mental health and wellbeing this winter. The plan covers:

  • 'empowering everyone to look after their wellbeing'
  • 'support in communities'
  • 'ensuring mental health services are there for those who need them'
  • 'supporting front-line health and social care workers'.

It outlines 'the key resources being provided to look after mental wellbeing, our plans to strengthen the support available for those struggling in communities, commitments to ensure services are there to support those who need it, and the packages available to help keep our front-line workers well'. The DHSC is working with the NHS, Public Health England, Health Education England and others to gather evidence and assess the potential longer term mental health impacts of COVID-19. A cross-government group of ministers has been established to consider and respond to the longer term impacts of the pandemic on mental health and wellbeing more broadly and will set out its plans in the new year. The government will also publish a progress report on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy and an updated Cross-Government Suicide Prevention Work Plan 'in due course'.

    Source(s)

    Gov.uk policy paper