The College has received a letter of support from its Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, expressing his sympathy during this "unprecedented period of difficulty, disruption and intense anxiety".
The letter reads:
To everyone at the Royal College of Psychiatrists,
As we all face an unprecedented period of difficulty, disruption and intense anxiety caused by the current coronavirus crisis, I particularly wanted to write and say how much I am thinking of everyone involved with the Royal College of Psychiatrists as you struggle to deal with the huge challenges that have arisen in your lives, your livelihoods and in the continuation of your organisation.
As your Patron, I have nothing but the greatest sympathy for the predicament you face and the many difficult decisions and circumstances that have to be managed. Above all, I am certain you will be doing your utmost to maintain the essential elements of the care and service you provide to so many vulnerable people who depend on you, and of which I am so immensely proud as your Patron. I want you to know, therefore, that I can well imagine the appalling pressures you have suddenly and unexpectedly been put under and that my heart goes out to you and your families during the coming weeks and months of hideous uncertainty.
This article was included in COVID-19 update – April 2020.