New year blues

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Oldham wanted to understand people’s mental health problems during the winter months.  They undertook a survey to which 49 people responded.

Two thirds of those who responded felt their mental health was particularly affected during the winter.  The report explores how people felt their mental health was impacted.  Just over half had spoken to their friends and family about this.  Of those that didn’t, over 2 in 5 said they preferred to sort out things themselves.  Activities that people did to make themselves feel better included going for a walk, exercise and spending time with friends and family.

Under a third had received a formal diagnosis of their mental health.  Of these over 2 in 5 were receiving medication and just under a third counselling.  A wide range of issues had caused them stress in the last 12 months, including responsibilities at work and their health. In the last 12 months, a quarter had overeaten and a further quarter had had a sedentary lifestyle.  People undertook a wide range of activities to keep fit and healthy.

There were no recommendations.

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General details

Report title 
New year blues
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Oldham
Date of publication 
Monday, 20 July, 2020
Type of report 
Key themes 
Food and nutrition
Health promotion
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

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

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
Not known
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? 
Not known
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? 
Not applicable
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.