Denise Welch blasts Government for ‘gaslighting’ with Covid ads ‘Just causing more fear’

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Denise Welch is a well-known face on-screen as she regularly appears on the ITV daytime classic Loose Women. Amid the release of a new Government Covid ad campaign, the actor and talk show host took to social media as she highlighted the adverts’ possible impact on the nation’s mental health.

On Friday, the Government released a new ad campaign urging members of the public to stay at home.

The adverts feature close-ups of both frontline medical practitioners and Covid-19 patients’ faces as they challenge members of the public to “look them in the eyes”.

In response to the new campaign, Loose Women star Denise Welch has taken to Twitter as she talks of its effect on the nation’s mental health.

She wrote to her 489,000 followers on Twitter: “What worries me about these ‘ads’ is that the govt actually think this is how we should be treated.

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“What we deserve. Zero concern for the mental pressure inflicted on us daily. ‘Yay there a vaccine. Oh wait….. you’re still killing people’. Gaslighting.(sic)”

Her followers left a series of comments under the post, as they also weighed in on the campaign.

One claimed: “And how can those hypocrites use the term ‘look her in the eyes and tell her you don’t bend the rules’ when they wantonly break their own rules.(sic)”

Another added: “I’m sorry that people are struggling with mental health but this is needed as is the news reports on hospitals, there (are too) many who don’t believe what this virus is doing and need to wake up.(sic)”

The 62-year-old later responded, saying: “They don’t care!!! They’ve proved that. So these are just causing more fear in already terrified people.”

This comes after Denise quit the social media platform back in September following a clash with Good Morning Britain star, Piers Morgan who at the time labelled her a “Covid-denier”.

Addressing the situation, Denise wrote on Twitter: “Guys I’ve decided to take a break from here.

“I hope I’ve helped balance the fear the media seems determined to continue.

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“Just looks at the data, ask questions and look after your loved ones. I’m on Instagram denise_welch.”

Denise later crossed social media platforms to Instagram, where she shared a video explaining her reasoning behind her departure from social media.

The Loose Women star explained in a video to her IGTV: “I seem to spend most of my days at the moment being quite emotional.

“I have been accused of not caring and being a Covid-denier when in fact I care so much about the devastation that Covid is causing.

“To the people who have lost their lives directly to Covid and the people who are losing their lives because of Covid.”

The presenter went on to say: “All I have tried to do is to find a balance to offset the five months of scaremongering and fear-inducing anxiety.

“It is causing illness, mental and physical. I’ve just tried to balance ‘we’re all going to die’ with ‘we’re not all going to die.'”

She later added: “That’s all I’ve tried to do because five months of turning on the television and looking at newspaper headlines has been so destructive to people’s health.

“Mental health turns into physical health issues. Depression has doubled, anorexia has doubled.”

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