The onset of coronavirus can also lead to psychological symptoms. People could become lonely, lose their jobs, and maybe people will start consuming more alcohol and drugs. The number of suicides could increase over time, the Office of Social and Cultural Planning warns.
The advisory body advises the government to keep a close eye on risk groups. These include low-skilled people, young people, migrants and people with disabilities.
As the number of people with mental health problems is likely to increase, the government should provide sufficient available places in mental health services, the SCP said. “The GGZ Nederland also expects an increase in the demand for mental health care from a new group in the near future: people with trauma from Corona. Healthcare providers can also be explicitly included in this risk group.”