New study reports the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on UK mental health after the first month of lockdown
The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, indicates that mental health declined substantially particularly among women and in younger individuals aged 16-24
This research was a collaboration between the University of Manchester, King’s College London and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). The study surveyed 17,452 people, who self-reported increase in mental distress throughout April 2020. It found that the increase in mental distress was greater among women than men and in younger age groups than older people. Additionally, the research saw greater mental distress in people living with young children than people from child-free homes. The researchers warn that mental health inequalities will likely widen and deepen as the pandemic progresses and must be monitored closely to mitigate the rise in mental illnesses.