The proportion of UK adults experiencing loneliness spiked from 10% to 24% in the first two weeks of the lockdown. As mentioned in the previous point, remote working can make it harder for people to connect with those they work with, and this could pose risks to their mental health long-term. Social contact is essential to every human being, after all, and simply checking in on someone to see how they’re feeling can have a big impact. It’s absolutely vital that an employer provides easy access to a full range of mental and emotional support services. And if you’re unsure what services your company provides, take the time to educate yourself about them, so that you can best help a colleague who might need pointing towards the right support in the future.
RSA tip: Try not to look at the news more than once a day, so that you don’t get worked up around things beyond your control.