There is no denying that the pandemic has impacted on people from all walks of life. In April , it was suggested that there would be a surge in demand from UK mental health services, as people found it difficult to cope with COVID related stressors Royal College of Psychiatrists, There was an influx of new studies examining the impact of COVID on the general population, although only a few focused on people who were already living with mental health problems Sheridan Rains et al. Also, the pandemic exacerbated existing socio-economic disadvantages, healthcare inequalities and traumas experienced by people with mental health problems Danese et al.
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Mental health services have gone through a radical transformation over the past 30 years — perhaps more so than any other part of the health system. This process began with a wholescale transformation process known as deinstitutionalisation — that is, shifting care and support of people with mental health problems from psychiatric institutions into community based settings. At the start of the process, these institutions housed approximately , people; by the end, all had closed. The replication of mental health deinstitutionalisation across the UK and subsequently in a number of other countries has resulted in a volume of international and cross-comparative research to inform learning on the processes involved in transformation more widely.
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Chapter 13 - Mental health and the criminal justice system Introduction The publicity given to critical incidents involving mentally disturbed people might lead the public to believe that a high proportion of people with mental illness commit crimes, but this is not the case. Nevertheless, people with mental illness comprise a disproportionate number of the people who are arrested, who come before the courts and who are imprisoned. The reasons for this, the legislation governing the treatment of people with mental illness who commit crimes and their treatment by the criminal justice system, are dealt with in this chapter.
The COVID pandemic has brought on an unprecedented surge in critical care patients admitted to acute hospitals. Consequently, staff working in intensive care units ICUs have been overwhelmed with increased workloads and a variety of challenges. Frontline healthcare workers have to face extended periods of potential exposure to the virus, alongside fears of contracting and spreading it to their loved ones Hu et al. Furthermore, they have to face the unpleasant reality of working so closely with the virus — the high mortality rate amongst COVID patients WHO, and difficulty in providing adequate end of life support to patients and their loved ones are understandably distressing Mohsin et al. However, while we know of the psychological distress frontline workers experience from their work within the context of the pandemic Greene et al.