‘We must be aware of the mental health consequences, such as increased stress, self-harm including suicide attempts, domestic violence, and substance use.’ Dr Ilan Kelman, a Professor of Disaster Risk Reduction and Global Health at UCL speaking on 6 April 2020.
He advises, ‘There is no doubt that the #lockdowns have saved, at minimum, tens of thousands of lives.’ However, ‘Part of pandemic planning and of responding to a pandemic disaster is always considering #mentalhealth within any measures taken.’
Dr Ilan Kelman was a guest panellist for the Cov360 live launch, 9 April. Thank you for sharing. His recent book, Disaster by Choice: How our actions turn natural hazards into catastrophes,