It has been an extremely challenging few weeks and many of us have struggled with the health and economic fallout of the lockdown and social distancing. The world has been irrevocably changed and we too must change with it by being more resilient.
Watch Dr Dexter Penn share a moving story from his family experience of mental health problems.
Some of us have taken to exercising with Joe Wicks every morning, some of us have taken refuge in the kitchen, the garden or have thrown ourselves into long overdue DIY projects. Unfortunately, some of us are not coping and we all need to be vigilant of the signs of distress in our friends and family.
This is particularly important for the Black community as Black people are more likely to develop a mental health condition like psychosis but Black people in Britain are least likely to access treatment.
If you are finding it particularly difficult please talk, we are here to listen.
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