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End of furlough & job loss fears fuels mental health crisis

Almost half of Britons are worried about the furlough scheme coming to an end, while 54% are worried about losing their job or someone in their household losing their job when the scheme grinds to a halt on October 31.



New research by UK virtual psychology clinic My Online Therapy indicates we could be on the brink of a national mental health crisis, with financial worries being the top concern among 1,000 people surveyed in early October.



Seven out of 10 people are worried about having enough money to pay their rent, mortgage and utility bills, and, of those, a quarter are extremely worried. Even more concerning is that 67% of respondents are worried about having enough money to buy essentials such as food and clothing.



A third of workers cited their job as having the largest negative impact on their mental wellbeing over the last few months.



At the peak of the furlough scheme, the government paid 80% of workers' wages. Under new measures which will replace it, the government will pay a maximum of 66% at businesses forced to close due to Covid-19, and 22% if they can open.



Second to finances, 34% of respondents said relationships have had the largest negative impact on their mental health amid the pandemic. More than a third (34%) revealed that Covid-19 has put a strain on their relationship with their family, while 30% said it has put tension on their relationship with their partner. More than a quarter (26%) admitted that it has had a negative impact on their friendships.


In response to the findings and to mark World Mental Health Day 2020, My Online Therapy is offering a one month free subscription to its newly launched self-care product, which provides evidence-based therapy skills and techniques from qualified psychologists to support mental and emotional wellbeing on a daily basis. 



The subscription, available at https://myonlinetherapy.com/, provides access to an audio and video library that subscribers can use on their own or in conjunction with face-to-face therapy sessions. The platform provides secure encrypted video conferencing for confidentiality.



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