Lockdown had major impact on UK mental health
New research from the University of Glasgow has found the UK’s mental health was significantly impacted in the initial few weeks following lockdown in March. The study, which surveyed 3,000 people, is the most detailed research to date examining the impact of Covid-19 on mental health. The research found that women and young persons were most at risk, with suicidal thoughts increasing from 8% to 10% and rising from 12.5% to 14% among young adults. These figures only show the immediate impact of Covid-19 on mental health so it remains to be seen what the medium to long-term outcomes will be. The Department of Health says it is increasing investment in mental health services.
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