Lockdown has brought ‘upsurge in mental health emergencies’, say air ambulance crews

Lockdown has brought ‘upsurge in mental health emergencies’, say air ambulance crews

COVID-19 has increased the number of calls for Northern Ireland’s Air Ambulance but the body says lockdown has changed the nature of them.

The doctor who leads the team says there has been an upsurge in life-threatening injuries caused by attempted suicide.

Sky News was given exclusive access to the operation, where each day begins with a retraining exercise.

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org or talk to CALM on 0800 58 58 58 or via webchat on thecalmzone.net.

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