Industry News Sally Walmsley 04/02/2021

It's Time to Talk Mental Health

There is much debate about the impact of Covid-19 on our mental health - and landlords are no exception.  

NRLA research revealed 40% of landlords surveyed believe the Covid-19 pandemic has had a ‘negative or very negative’ impact on their mental health. 

The statistics prior to Covid were shocking, with one in four people set to experience a mental health problem in any given year.

If we combine this with the global concerns about the impact of lockdowns on our collective mental health this shows a deeply worrying picture. 

This is only exacerbated when you add financial worries over lost income, empty homes and vulnerable tenants. 

Today – Thursday February 4 – is Time to Talk day, an annual event organised by social movement ‘Time to Change’ encouraging people across the country to start conversations about mental health. 

With that in mind we would encourage anyone out there struggling with mental health issues – whether Covid-related or not - to reach out to a friend, family member or professional to talk about how they are feeling. 

The mental wellbeing of our members is a huge concern for the NRLA – and we will be looking at the impact of the pandemic on landlords – and the help available - in the summer edition of members’ magazine Property. 

With that in mind we would like you to get in touch to share your experiences. Have you struggled with a mental health crisis as a result of the pressure of Covid? Have you been able to access help – and what advice would you give to others? 

Whatever the nature of your experience, we would be keen to hear from you. Please contact [email protected]  

Where to turn if you need help 

If you are struggling, there are a number of charities and organisations you can turn to for help and support. 


Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call) 

Email: [email protected] 


Mind Infoline 

Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463 

Email: [email protected] 


Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line 

Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am - 4pm Monday to Friday) 

Email: [email protected] 



Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm) 


Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley Magazine and Digital Editor

Sally is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

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