Mental health in Thoughts from the Centre

The silent pandemic – how COVID-19 is exacerbating loneliness

By Samrina Bhatti, Manager, and Krissie Ferris, Research Analyst, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions

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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, loneliness was already recognised as a significant public health issue with government publishing the world’s first strategy to end loneliness, ‘A connected society: a strategy for tackling loneliness’ in October 2018.1 According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, there are nine million lonely people in the UK, four million of whom are older people.2 Throughout the pandemic, measures such as lockdowns, shielding, and limiting contact with others while essential to help stop the spread of the virus, have left millions more dealing with loneliness, social isolation and lengthy separations. This week’s blog therefore, explores how COVID-19 has influenced the scale and extent of loneliness and the actions needed to help improve future health outcomes and reduce demand on health and care services.

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Posted on 22/01/2021 | 0 Comments

Movember 2020: Be a man of more words

By Fraser MacDonald-Lister, Analyst, Human Capital, and Jack Hilton, Consultant, Enterprise Technology and Performance

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December is upon us and, around the world, thousands of men are left with cold upper lips where a charity moustache once grew. Movember, the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health, is about much more than just facial hair and fundraising, they are working around the world to grow awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.1 This year, more than 150 Mo Bros, Sistas and Supporters from Deloitte UK took part in the follicular festivities, raising awareness and funds for the charity whilst sparking many conversations across the virtual office.

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Posted on 18/12/2020 | 0 Comments

Word Mental Health Day: how digital technologies can help meet rising demand for mental health services

By Krissie Ferris, Research Analyst, Centre for Health Solutions

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Last Saturday, the 10th of October, was the WHO’s annual World Mental Health Day (WMHD) whose aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health.1 This year’s theme is ‘good mental health for all’, which seems fitting since all of us need to be aware of our own mental health and wellbeing, especially this year with all of us being affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for those experiencing challenges to their mental health, awareness is unlikely to be enough, and tackling poor mental health will generally require some form of mental health intervention. Throughout the pandemic, however, primary care mental health services (like many other healthcare services) have had to adopt new ways of working to provide access to care in the face of lockdowns and social distancing measures. This has driven a wider adoption of technology–enabled ways of working, and changed fundamentally the face of primary care mental health support. This blog reflects on what has changed, and the opportunities for digital mental health care moving forwards.

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Posted on 16/10/2020 | 0 Comments

COVID-19: preparing for a sustainable future using lessons from tackling the mental health needs of NHS clinical staff

By Karen Taylor and Krissie Ferris, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions

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This week, 18-24 May, is Mental Health Awareness week, aimed at encouraging people to talk about and take action to promote good mental health for all. The theme this year is ‘kindness’ to reflect the impact that acts of kindness can have on improving mental health.1 One area where acts of kindness have proliferated during the COVID-19 pandemic has been in the public’s acknowledgement and appreciation of the work of NHS staff. While this has undoubtedly helped boost morale, there is increasing evidence that the pandemic is taking its toll on the mental health of clinical staff. In recognition of these heightened risks, NHS employers at both national and local level, have used Mental Health Awareness week to raise the profile of, and signpost staff to, the numerous mental health initiatives that have been put in place to address their needs. This week’s blog explores the actions taken to protect and support the mental health of staff during the current pandemic, what more can be done to maintain staff resilience, and the lessons that can be built upon to ensure that the NHS has a sustainable future.

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Posted on 22/05/2020 | 0 Comments

Movember: an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health

By Dr Mark Steedman, PhD, Manager, Centre for Health Solutions

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The moustache has a fascinating history – popular at times, eschewed at others, but always competing in the popularity stakes against the beard. From a fashion symbol popularised by monarchs of the past, to practical restrictions on beards but not moustaches because of press articles linking germs with beards and rules preventing bearded men from handling food. As a result, the popularity of the beard versus the moustache has ebbed and flowed.1 I’ve seen this even in my own lifetime. While there were a few famous moustaches that adorned the faces of Hollywood stars and musicians, for the most part, the 1990s saw the moustache fall seriously out of fashion.

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Posted on 15/11/2019 | 0 Comments

Raising awareness of mental health issues

By Elizabeth Hampson, Director, Monitor Deloitte

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Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), organised by the Mental Health Foundation which, since 2000, has organised its annual campaign around a specific topic. These campaigns have helped raise public awareness of issues such as loneliness, anger, fear and friendship. I have been a passionate advocate for raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues for a number of years and wanted to use this opportunity to highlight some of the key initiatives from last week and also explain a little about what Deloitte is doing.

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Posted on 24/05/2019 | 0 Comments

Marathon running for a cause

By Mark Steedman, PhD, Manager, Centre for Health Solutions

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Last Sunday, my colleague Matt Thaxter and I took part in the 39th London Marathon. After months of training and fundraising, we both crossed the finish line on The Mall, full of pride – and completely exhausted. With a record number of 42,549 runners crossing the line and over £1 billion raised for charity, I thought this week’s blog would be a good opportunity to reflect on the experience and discuss what drives so many people to push their bodies to the limit for 26.2 miles (42.2 km). Also, since next week is Mental Health Awareness Week, I’m also going to discuss some of the mental health aspects of running a marathon.

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Posted on 03/05/2019 | 0 Comments

Time to Talk about mental health and resilience in children and young people

By Elizabeth Hampson, Director, Monitor Deloitte

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Yesterday was Time to Talk Day (7th February) – a day to encourage everyone in the UK to talk about mental health.1 This week is also Child and Adolescent Mental Health Week (4-10 February) and, in view of my interests in mental health and wellbeing, this week’s blog provides an overview of recent developments and insights about mental health and resilience in children and young people.

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Posted on 08/02/2019 | 0 Comments

The rise of e-mental health: How can digital technology build resilience?

By Dr Francesca Properzi, PhD. Research Manager, Centre for Health Solutions

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Earlier this year, a team of US scientists connected the brains of three people using an interface made of electroencephalography and magnetic stimulation technologies. The new network enabled the three people to communicate by thinking, exchange ideas and successfully play a collaborative game.1 This ground-breaking experiment is yet one example of many other recent scientific advances where digital technologies are transforming our understanding of the mind. While controversial and somewhat alarming, these developments also present a unique opportunity to protect and support mental health, at a time of unprecedented technological changes.

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Posted on 02/11/2018 | 0 Comments

World Mental Health Day: ‘R U OK’?

By Elizabeth Hampson, Director, Monitor Deloitte

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Wednesday 10th October was World Mental Health Day 2018, and coincidentally last week I presented the findings from our work in support of the independent review of mental health and employers by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer ‘Thriving at Work’.1 Our report Mental Health and Wellbeing in Employment: A supporting study for the Independent Review explored the cost of poor mental health and the return on investment for employers from mental health interventions in the workplace, and showcased good practice examples from other countries.2 My presentation, in conjunction with Mind, the mental health charity whose CEO is Paul Farmer, was to senior executives from all Virgin companies at one of the Branson homes in Oxfordshire.

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Posted on 11/10/2018 | 0 Comments