The timing of the sudden death of the Queen was both a concern and an opportunity.  Coming as it did, following Brexit and the pandemic, with the change of Prime Minister and a war in Ukraine, and when we were facing a winter of ‘discontent’ and cost of living crisis, raised concerns for our country’s sense of stability and long-term mental health.

Before Her Majesty’s death, there was much unprocessed grief and loss, combined with fear and uncertainty.  And now a dependable ‘constant’ - a foundation for over 70 years - has also been lost.

The Queen’s death came just as our children and young people were beginning a new school year, having had disruptions for the last two, only a week after the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death and 3 days before the anniversary of 9/11 – both of which echo for many in much of what is seen and heard. The lasting observation following the televising of the days of mourning before the Queen's funeral and the days that followed, was surprise at the level of grief shown by so many people across the UK, of all ages and from all walks of life.

One year on, we still have a mental health crisis in the UK and unresolved loss lies behind many of our society’s problems and calls upon the public purse. That's why we are asking the Government and the health sector in particular to consider the value of preventative measures - prevention of mental ill health by encouraging bereaved people to get the support they need before their unresolved grief becomes a crisis and a mental health, suicide or other dreadful statistic. 

It is important to recognise and deal with the fears, change and loss we have faced as a country and individuals over recent years - to learn how to grieve and support each other well, for the health of the country. To find, - to use the terminology of grief – ‘new normals’ - for a more secure and healthy future.