Experts warn Britain faces a mental health 'ticking time bomb' with a ...

Experts have warned of serious problems developing as England enters its third national lockdown, with one declaring 'The pandemic has created a mental health ticking time bomb'.

Draconian measures designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus variant will heavily impact many during the gruelling winter months.

Depression, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are expected as the restrictions create a sense of terrible Deja Vu.

The blow comes especially hard due to the proximity of New Year, where many had believed the start of 2021 would signal more optimistic fortunes.

Michael Gove said this morning the curbs on freedom would last for months, triggering more gloom among the public. 

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And children - after being told schools would be safe - face difficult home-learning after a U-turn by Boris Johnson and his government.

Emma Thomas, Chief Executive at YoungMinds told MailOnline: 'The pandemic is deepening the crisis in young people's mental health and there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that the impact could be significant and long-term. Young people tell us that they've struggled to cope with the changes and loss of coping mechanisms brought on by the pandemic, with many experiencing social isolation, anxiety, and fears around their future.

'Many lost access to mental health support during the first lockdown, while others chose not to look for help at a time when the NHS was under so much pressure. With the pandemic continuing through the winter and another lockdown confirmed, it's likely that more young people may struggle to cope.

'If you're struggling to cope, you are not alone and however you are feeling right now is valid. It's important to reach out for help – whether that's to friends, family, a doctor, a counsellor, a teacher or a helpline. It's also a good idea to take the pressure off as much as possible, and do things that you enjoy or which help you relax if you can.'

Professor Ellen Townsend, of the Self-Harm Research Group at the University of Nottingham, questioned whether the impact of the third lockdown would be worth the risk.

A survey from Mind revealed young people were more affected by loneliness during lockdown

A survey from Mind revealed young people were more affected by loneliness during lockdown

Mind's CEO Paul Farmer has stressed the importance of greater support over winter, amid fears people will 'fall through the gaps,' when emergency measures wind down or stop

Mind's CEO Paul Farmer has stressed the importance of greater support over winter, amid fears people will 'fall through the gaps,' when emergency measures wind down or stop 

She said: 'We know that suicide ideation increased in young people in the first UK lockdown.

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'There was a worrying signal that suicides in young people increased during the first lockdown

'We know that loneliness, social isolation, mental health issues have soared in young people.'

Elizabeth O'Shea, child behaviour expert, warned MailOnline there were struggles ahead for young people and their parents in the third lockdown.

She said: 'The pandemic has created a mental health ticking time bomb.

'The biggest issue is the mental health impact, I think what we know in the parenting industry is that we are going to be experiencing three main problems: depression, anxiety and OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Experts have said connecting online with friends during isolation can help mental health

Experts have said connecting online with friends during isolation can help mental health

'Those are going to be the three main mental health issues as a result of because the children have been locked down in a such a long time in child's life.

'It

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