Disabled people and their carers are under significant pressure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey has revealed.
Inclusion Scotland has released the interim findings of a national survey that shows the crisis is having a significant impact on the mental health of disabled people and their carers.
About 15 per cent of all respondents told the organisation that their mental health had been negatively affected by the current crisis.
Many hundreds of others described the stress and anxiety that they were experiencing at this time due to a number of issues.
The interim report highlights:
- Social care support has been stopped or reduced: Almost half of people responding on this issue said that the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the social care support they get, formal and informal. About 30 per cent of respondents said their support had either stopped completely or had been reduced.
- People have new or increased caring responsibilities: About 40 per cent of people who responded to this question were experiencing challenges with caring for children/family members since the start of the pandemic.
- Disabled people are struggling to get access to the food and medicine they need: About two thirds of those responding to this question (64 per cent) said that the crisis has had an impact on getting the food or medicine that they need for themselves or the person they care for.
- People are being asked to sign Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) notices: Four respondents said that they or someone they know had been asked to sign DNR notices or informed that they would not be ventilated should they contract Covid-19.
- People are concerned that they will lose their job: About one in ten respondents to this question (11 per cent) were concerned that they could lose their job as a result of the pandemic.
- Social distancing and isolation is proving extremely challenging: Disabled people with and without pre-existing mental health conditions are finding everyday life under lock-down extremely stressful. Significant numbers of disabled people (15) with existing mental health problems said that they were feeling suicidal at this time.
Download the initial findings from our survey here Initial Findings of Inclusion Scotland’s Covid-19 Survey.