Telegraph audience share their ordeals in lockdown

“After 8 decades of caring for my father with Parkinson’s, he was taken to hospital with a kidney an infection last March. Unable to visit him since of Covid-19, I phoned the clinic each and every day and was explained to he was having difficulties to eat. At 1 level, he fell in excess of and broke his hip. Just after a month, they permit me in to assistance him consume. 

“The strain of worrying about Dad was amplified by the disaster unfolding throughout the country. I began having worry assaults my creativity was likely into overdrive. I lay awake for hrs, experience like the walls had been closing in on me. 

“Then, in Could, he died, leaving me with thoughts of serious guilt. I just could not believe I wasn’t there to assist him.”


Felicity, from Newcastle

“My mental wellness generally enhanced throughout lockdown. It gave me a likelihood to reassess my priorities – I rediscovered some aged pleasures like reading fiction and found some new ones like discovering the community countryside.

“I was receiving experience-to-confront therapy just before lockdown, which would ordinarily have only lasted all-around six months but, when lockdown started, these classes were available over the cell phone and lasted for almost eight months. I have been so blessed.”


Gemma, from Derry

“I reside by yourself and my family users all dwell in England. I have a identity dysfunction, stress and anxiety and despair which had been all examined being in isolation, it was tricky to balance my feelings, suicidal feelings and self care.

“I was blessed enough to be pre enrolled with a psychological overall health aid services. My keyworker went over and beyond to verify in with my nicely-currently being as nicely as organising activity packs to be sent out which include the applicable signposting to outreach companies. I also gained everyday invitations to Zoom conferences on diverse subjects or routines this sort of as art therapy, workout, virtual tours of museums and metropolitan areas. I actually believe that my psychological wellbeing would have deteriorated without their help and knowledge. I’m extremely grateful.”


Maria, from Marlborough

“I am a midwife and I spoke to a new mother (as I felt quite apprehensive about her mental wellbeing) who was incredibly tearful and frustrated and has been began on treatment.

“She feels it began immediately after obtaining to be locked down for so very long during pregnancy and now she has a toddler – she doesn’t have any guidance and can’t go away the residence to satisfy men and women or sign up for teams. Her mental well being has considerably deteriorated and she longs to wake up and experience usual.”


Alastair, from London