Mental Health and Wellbeing of individuals during Covid-19 Outbreak

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Slough conducted an online survey to investigate how their local population coped with their mental health and wellbeing during lockdown, where people were going for help and support and if there were any obvious gaps in service provision. They received 132 responses.

In general, people reported feeling the negative impact of isolation, loneliness, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate information and financial loss on anxiety levels leading to increased anxiety and depressed emotions.

Three quarters had contacted someone for help and support for their mental health during the Covid-19 crisis.  Nearly three quarters reported that since Covid-19 started that their mental health/wellbeing had been affected. The report looks at how staying at home during lockdown made people feel.

The report contains four recommendations about access to mental health services; well-being calls and access to activities to promote wellbeing.

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General details

Report title 
Mental Health and Wellbeing of individuals during Covid-19 Outbreak
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Slough
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 6 January, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 September, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 30 September, 2020
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Health inequalities
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-8011

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Research
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Community mental health team (CMHT)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
132
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
All
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
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.