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She said because of the pandemic she has not had a face-to-face appointment in 18 months, despite being sectioned in 2019.

A Welsh government spokesperson said : "Improving mental health and well-being is a priority for us and we are investing an additional £42m this year.

"I'd already previously suffered with my mental health.

"I was experiencing the normal stages of grief, and we as a family were all in a great deal of shock- we were not expecting it.

"After the funeral I just couldn't eat, or sleep and it all took its toll on my body."

I started getting intrusive thoughts so I would have random things pop into my head.

"It was a constant battle against myself and it was exhausting.

Young people were struck the hardest mentally, and researchers point to the closure of schools and other factors that caused instability in young people's lives

I had to try and act normal for my children, who had no idea what was going on but also fight against something which is still ongoing and how am I meant to fix it, without help ?"

He said : "We know that mental health services were under huge pressure even before the pandemic.

And if I don't take it I get extremely poorly.

The Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board said it could not comment on individual cases.

Cases of anxiety and depression spiked globally last year due to the pandemic. Researchers found that Covid caused a 28% growth in depression cases and a 26% growth in anxiety

A recent report from the Samaritans found people who needed support during the pandemic had experienced reduced access to already-strained mental health services.

So face to face is really important to people and tailored services.

"The pandemic has highlighted and increased inequalities in a range of ways so the work we have done has showed issues about mental health and well-being, fear of unemployment, financial struggles and also people struggling to find the basics of feeding themselves and their families."

Sunday marks World Mental Health Day 2021, with its main theme being mental health in an unequal world.

Women accounted for two-thirds of the growth in both condition, and bore the brunt of last year's mental health impact

Have you struggled with your mental health in lockdown?

"Many people in crisis need a range of social and welfare support, as opposed to specialist mental healthcare and we continue to work on strengthening the multi-agency response.

Black people are four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than white people, NHS figures show.

Over the last six or seven years, there's been investment and that is beginning to change.

If we said 50 % of people had to get treatment at a private hospital and pay for it themselves ?"

Do you think addressing inequalities is a key part of preventing mental health problems in the first place?

That didn ’ t really happen about five or six years ago.

"But where we haven't progressed as much is around those more severe mental illnesses, like schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder arguably, personality disorder – there ’ s still a lack of understanding about what those mean, and in turn, people don ’ t always get access to the treatment they want to get."

"What we 're trying to do is work with all the local players – charity providers, local health providers, other organisations that have a footprint in a given area – and make sure that if somebody ’ s got a mental health problem, they don ’ t have to jump through hoops to get access and sort things out.

or maybe you ’ ve had any kind of health problem – that feeling of being passed around a bit, you ’ ve got to jump through hoops.

This notion of working in the spirit of generous leadership – to focus ourselves around the person, rather than the person having to organise themselves around us – I think will add to a future of good healthcare provision that's beyond the NHS."

We 're highly-driven people and don ’ t like to accept that we ’ re not as strong as our colleagues, and admitting you ’ re having mental health issues is like admitting a weakness or failure.

The phone calls were the hardest part.

I was the one who had to make the decision that enough's enough, and that ’ s a very difficult phone call to make to families.

A GP put me on antidepressants.

I just wanted someone to take over my care and tell me what to do.

I was off for three months, but it took three more months to get back to my work pattern, and it's taken a year for me to start to feel like my normal self.

The experience has helped me see the warning signs in others, and I'm seeing a lot of doctors who are struggling.

Just like everyone else, we need to get over the stigma of mental health, the fear that your career might be affected if you ask for help, and know that it ’ s OK to not be OK." How to get help : If you are struggling or you are worried about a loved one, contact Samaritans on 116123.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused cases of anxiety and depression to see sharp increases worldwide, a new study finds.

'Our findings highlight an urgent need to strengthen mental health systems in order to address the growing burden of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders worldwide,' said lead author Dr Damian Santomauro, a researcher from the University of Queensland, in a statement.

And, just like depression, two-thirds of the additional cases of anxiety caused by the pandemic were among women.

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