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Putting psychology at the centre of our recovery from Covid-19

28 May 2020 | by Chief Executive

This is the third blog that I have written since the Covid-19 crisis began, and in that time it has not got any easier to see the grief of those who have lost loved ones during this pandemic, nor the struggles of those with mental health issues that have been exacerbated by an unprecedented lockdown.

For the first time since the start of this crisis, we are starting to see some tentatively positive news, with the number of daily deaths coming down and the government taking the first careful steps towards easing the lockdown.

Psychology has been vital all the way through this pandemic, and I hope that the resources we have produced have been useful for both psychological professionals and the general public in understanding some of the unique challenges that we face right now.

As we begin to enter the recovery phase of this pandemic, the expertise of psychologists will be even more important.

The work of the BPS members who sit on our Covid-19 coordinating task force has been astonishing, and as a result we are already publishing guidance and advice for people on the issues that are going to dominate the coming weeks and months.

Our Covid-19 working differently group has produced a statement on returning to work, and a similar document on returning to school has just been published, covering two of the most pressing issues we face right now.

When we do all return to work or school, it will be to a new normal, and encouraging all parties to have an open and honest dialogue about this is going to be vital to its success.

I am sure that our advice will help to facilitate these discussions, and that it proves helpful to those of you who are starting to be involved in them.

While discussion is turning to the recovery and how we may be able to go back to places like shops, schools and our workplaces, we can’t lose sight of the devastation that Covid-19 has brought and the grief that so many people are feeling.

One of the groups working on resources has been our Covid-19 bereavement task force, and I feel that it’s important to highlight their work in a particularly difficult area, including a vital piece of work on remembering loved ones despite the disruption to funerals and memorial services caused by the virus.

I hope that next month I can once again write about a small step back towards some sense of normality, and that everyone stays well in the meantime.


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