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Survey - the impact of the pandemic on our mental health

Help us understand the impact of coronavirus on the nation’s mental health by completing our survey. This will help us inform the support we provide, our ongoing response to the pandemic, and make sure we are there for the people who need us most.

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Why we're running this survey

In April 2020 we carried out some research to find out what impact coronavirus and the first national lockdown were having on people’s mental health. More than 16,000 people took part.

Since then, coronavirus has continued to have a massive impact on nearly every area of our lives, changing the world we live in and leaving many of us without the things we value to help us stay healthy, both mentally and physically.

This second survey will help us find out how people are feeling now.

Who can take part?

We want to hear from you if you:

  • were already struggling with your mental health before the pandemic
  • developed mental health problems during or as a result of the pandemic
  • are aged 13 and above.

What we’ll be asking you

The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete.

We’ll be asking about:

  • how you’ve been coping since the first national lockdown
  • what things have affected your mental health
  • how you're feeling about the future.

There will also be an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a £200 Love2shop voucher which can be spent at a number of high street stores.

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How we’ll use the findings

Our 2020 survey helped us raise awareness of the impact that coronavirus and its changing restrictions were having on people with mental health problems.

The findings were featured in the media and used in policy consultations and committee evidence in England and Wales to make sure those in power made the right choices to protect our nation’s mental health.

This time, we’ll be using the findings to inform the support we provide and our ongoing response to the pandemic.

If you would like to hear about the results of the survey, follow us on social media and we'll announce when we publish our report.

Findings from the 2020 survey

One in four people of all ages who tried to access mental health support during lockdown were not able to do so.

72% of young people said loneliness made their mental health worse. Although more likely to be isolated, 42% of people aged 65+ said loneliness made their mental health worse.

More than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown.

If you're struggling

If you're finding things tough right now, you're not alone. We're here to provide information and support.

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