Mental health and wellbeing update during Covid-19

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Tameside reports on the mental health and wellbeing findings from their Covid-19 survey.  They received 550 responses between the beginning of May to the end of October.

Half of the respondents felt that their mental health and wellbeing had been affected by the pandemic.  Over time, the proportion of people reporting this increased from 45% in May and June to 58% percent in late July to October.

Twelve people had a diagnosed mental health condition.  People felt that waiting times had been extended, phone and online support was not as good as face to face support and the support offered didn’t take into account people’s circumstances.

People who hadn’t accessed mental health services before the pandemic found particularly difficult to access support. They felt the services available could be improved.

The report also looks at:

  • what activities people missed
  • what they did to improve their mental health
  • How they felt about groups and activities opening again
  • General comments about the impact of the pandemic.

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General details

Report title 
Mental health and wellbeing update during Covid-19
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Tameside
Date of publication 
Monday, 16 November, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 May, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 31 October, 2020
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Digitalisation of services
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of care
Quality of treatment
Service closure
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Waiting times and lists for treatment
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-7912

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Survey
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 about conditions and diseases

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

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
550
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
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? 
No
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.