The latest research shows that people from poor socioeconomic areas, who have lost family members or are engaged in high-risk occupations, are at increased risk of mental disorders during a pandemic.
Madrid (EUROPA PRESS). -The latest research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London suggests that policymakers should use post-blitzkrieg mental health data-Nazi bombing in England during World War II Germany-a method To determine who is most likely to be threatened by mental health conditions after the spread of COVID-19.
The study, published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, shows that although there are some examples of psychological resilience in the face of epidemics, people from socioeconomically deprived areas are at high risk for losing family members or working locally. The occupation faces an increased risk of mental illness (such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD). The author points out: “Identifying these risk factors allows us to provide more specific support to those who need it most.”
After the German raids on Britain in the 1940s, government propaganda promoted London as a symbol of mental strength, which was later called the “spirit of the blitz.”
Professor Edgar Jones of IoPPN explained: “The spirit of blitzkrieg has become the key word of a country that faces night sky bombs and is determined and morale. The fact is that in the worst-hit areas of the UK we now think The symptoms of PTSD and other common mental illnesses have increased significantly.”
By studying the available data, Professor Jones was able to determine the key risk factors that emerged during World War II, and now he says we should heed similar warnings this time.
Professor Jones said: “Any areas with a particularly high incidence of COVID-19 should be carefully checked. These areas are usually depression, which is related to poor health, poor education opportunities and crowded housing, and there are more people living in these areas. People who are low-paying front-line jobs or people who are more likely to suffer financial hardship due to the pandemic.”
Last year, British urban centers were the worst-hit areas, with London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds having the highest infection rates.
The British Medical Association has warned that the mental health consequences of the pandemic will be “considerable.”
Professor Jones added: “The bombing is undoubtedly a painful experience for the entire country, but the community has the opportunity to come together and support each other. We saw in the last year of the pandemic that people face the same painful experience, but the blockade The rules of alienation from society mean that we cannot reproduce this sense of community and common adversity in the same way.”
Professor Jones now says that the government should take specific interventions to provide mental health support in areas with socioeconomic deprivation and high mortality. According to him, the potential risks are greatest in these areas, including increased funding for the authorities. In the pandemic, black, Asian and minority communities have the highest death rates.