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Mental health travel barriers – we need more people

Mental health is a huge issue, and one-in-four of us will experience a mental health problem at some time in our lives, while one-in-10 is living with a severe and enduring condition. 

Such conditions can be debilitating, especially when mixed with crowded, stressful and unfamiliar situations on public transport: unexpected last-minute platform or schedule changes can prevent people leaving their homes at all, with women more likely to fear going out than men.  

While the global pandemic has exacerbated some existing conditions, it has also created new ones, from bereavements and job loss, to heightened health anxieties. 

Mental health conditions, along with those such as Alzheimer’s, are known as ‘hidden disabilities’ – because often they are hard, on the face of it, to detect.

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