A new survey, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), at the start of the current
Government restrictions, reveals the impact COVID-19 has had on adults’ mental wellbeing
across the country.
The research found that almost half (49%) felt that the pandemic has impacted negatively on
their mental health and wellbeing. Of those surveyed, significant proportions of the population
said they had been experiencing more anxiety (46%), stress (44%), sleep problems (34%) and
low mood (46%) over the course of the pandemic.
However, at the same time three in five (60%) of those asked say they feel hopeful about the
future. Many adults (75%) reported that they are planning to take or have taken steps to look
after their mental wellbeing, with exercising regularly (32%) eating well (29%) and talking more
to family and friends (28%) being the main actions.
To support people during this time, PHE has launched a nationwide Better Health – Every Mind
Matters campaign to equip adults with tips and advice to look after their mental health and
wellbeing and help support others such as family and friends. The campaign encourages people
to get a free NHS-approved Mind Plan. By answering five 8 simple questions, adults will get a personalised action plan with practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and feel more in control. Over 2.6 million Mind Plans have been created since launched in October 2019.
The Every Mind Matters COVID-19 hub also includes practical tips and support on how adults
can deal with uncertainty, how to cope with money and job worries and how to look after both
their own and their family’s mental wellbeing while staying at home.
For more tips and support, search Every Mind Matters.