As Pandemic Threatens Britain's Mental Health, These ‘Fishermen' Fight Back

The Bearded Fisherman, a mental health charity formed by two men with their own past struggles with mental illness and homelessness, runs a weekly, virtual community support group, takes crisis-intervention calls, and runs the Night Watch suicide-prevention patrol to help people find ways to survive and cope with pandemic-driven unemployment and isolation. In addition to intervening in the moment to prevent a suicide, and providing informal counseling, the group refers people to counseling as England endures Europe's highest COVID-19 death toll and a deep recession.

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