Summary of report content
Healthwatch Tameside conducted a survey from May 2020 to July 2020. They gathered feedback from 416 people about the mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report found that approximately half of respondents reported that their mental health had been affected, often due to a lack of social activity, feeling lonely and depressed. It was highlighted that people rarely knew where to go for help and support as they were not aware of what was available. Often, those with a mental health diagnosis, reported that their mental health support had stopped or been changed. Although, for those who received alternative communication solutions, their feedback was mixed. A number of people with poor sight were worried about the lack of accessible information and that they relied on people to help them outside, which was no longer available. Those who became parents during the pandemic were concerned about not being about to visit labour wards, reduced midwife appointments and a lack of peer support. Some people have found that lockdown was beneficial in that they had a quiet atmosphere working from home, they enjoyed a slower pace of life, and removed the pressure to go out and socialise.
No recommendations were made in this report.