How does it feel for me during Covid-19? W/c 8 February 2021

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Leeds report on the research and engagement they have undertaken during week commencing 8 February 2021 about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They report on the emerging findings of a survey on the impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health to which they had received 677 responses.  Most people felt that it had had some negative impact.  Over nine in ten said that having less contact with family and friends had a negative or somewhat negative impact on their mental health.  Women were more likely to report a negative impact on their mental health than men, and were more likely than men to report that home schooling, work and finance was affecting their mental health negatively than men. The younger the respondent was, the more likely they were to say that the pandemic has had a purely negative effect.

Over half the respondents had been coping by staying in touch with family and friends and getting outdoors and exercising.  79 of the respondents had tried to access mental health support over the last 3 months.  They were most likely to approach GPs for help, but GPs had the lowest success rate in offering support.  Over a third reported a positive experience of getting mental health support, compared to just under a third reporting a negative one.  Most commonly people accessed support by phone.

The report also covers engagement with community organisations about the impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health, including groups supporting young people, women, carers, older people, black women and people with learning disabilities.

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General details

Report title 
How does it feel for me during Covid-19? W/c 8 February 2021
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Leeds
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 16 February, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 8 February, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 14 February, 2021
Type of report 
Key themes 
Digitalisation of services
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Waiting times and lists for treatment
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Mental health services 
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.