👇NEW RESEARCH: 8 MILLION people in the UK suffered depression, anxiety, or fear as a *direct result* of Govt’s fear-heavy pandemic advertising, data suggests...

...as criticism of SAGE’s ‘unethical’ psychological-operations techniques mount... [Thread]

Reports @GuidoFawkes:

“When SAGE at the start of the pandemic recommended govt deliberately use psychological-operations techniques to change behaviour...

...the use of the media and advertising was advised to “increase the personal sense of threat”... Image
"...SAGE thought this would be highly effective, though warned there ‘could be negative spill-over effects’.

New survey data shows that negative spill-over effects have happened and have had a dramatic effect on the nation’s mental health...”"
Polling by Yonder for Recovery found:

➡️ Over 15% reported depression, anxiety, or fear as a direct result of Govt ads

➡️ Equivalent to over 8 million people

➡️ A further 7% (equivalent of 3.6m people) report the advertising made an existing mental health condition worse...
➡️ 3% say govt Covid advertising brought on an entirely NEW mental health condition requiring treatment

➡️ That's equivalent to over 1.5 million people in the UK...
Recovery co-founder Jon Dobinson said:

"As long ago as last summer, the leading mental health charity MIND was warning the Government of a mental health pandemic. Experts warn that the use of fear to control behaviour is dangerous and unethical...
"...especially when combined with curbs of freedom of speech.

If such scaremongering was ever justified, how can it be right now, when the evidence of the horrific damage is so clear and the threat from Covid-19 has been controlled by a successful vaccination programme? ...
"Yet the fear continues.

Only this week, Boris Johnson warned of a ‘third wave’ like Europe even though half of our adults are vaccinated.

It’s time to treat the public like adults, restore freedom of speech, and stop creating fear."
A group of 47 psychologists already wrote to the British Psychological Society questioning what they see as a strategic decision “to inflate the fear levels of the British public”, making people too afraid to leave their homes for medical appointments:

Meanwhile, we learned only this week that urgent lung cancer referrals have fallen by a THIRD, with a consultant specifically blaming the 'stay at home' message:

Despite the growing evidence of harms, it seems some still don't want the fear messaging challenged.

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"Just 3 weeks to flatten the curve" today became ONE YEAR of Covid restrictions, and...

🧵 This thread reveals the shocking cost of lockdown to the UK's health, PLUS:

❓Did lockdowns even help the C19 picture?
❓Or in fact, make it WORSE?
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As revealed in a @DailyMailUK report:

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➡️ 300,000 now waiting more than a year for treatment

➡️ Up from just 1,000 when this is all started
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"Lockdown triggered panic attacks in my 18 year old, she is now on anxiety medication…"

"My 18 year old has been massively impacted by the lockdowns.

My child has experienced immense anxiety and many panic attacks...
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The uncertainty of what has been happening has been extremely hard.

During Sep 20 and Dec 20 she developed anxiety and the panic attacks...
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UK govt communicated Covid data "with apparent intention of creating a more favourable view of the Govt...

...or even to provoke anxiety rather than help people understand risk," says damning new Parliamentary report.

"This is not acceptable." [Thread]
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🎭 Singles out Michael Gove: his "refusal to appear before this Committee is contemptuous of Parliament"
🎭 Complains of a "moving of the goalposts, which creates uncertainty, makes it impossible to see trends and therefore must stop..."

🎭 "Lamentable and unacceptable:" it is "deeply worrying" Ministers were unable to answer basic questions about lockdown lifting decisions
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"I am one of the 3 million left out of all government support, they have told me I must close my business and I am entitled to nothing, this has left me worrying about the future, will they do this again?

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The fact that a government can do this with very little opposition is frightening, how would most of the population have coped in my position?
"How would they feel if they were left out?

We are certainly not all in this together.

Then they have the cheek to tell people to retrain, when all learning is virtual, how many years does that take...
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"Throughout lockdown my husband, who heads a family business, has been under immense pressure in...

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