In January 2020, Healthwatch Oldham wanted to better understand people’s experiences of mental health during the winter months. In January 2021, they wanted to do the same but compare on the COVID-19 pandemic has further impacted people’s mental health. They undertook a survey to which 62 people responded.
Nearly two in five people said that their mental health had been negatively impacted throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The report compares the findings for 2021 against those for 2020. There were increases of the proportion of people who were feeling sad, struggled to sleep or felt irritable.
In 2021, nearly seven in ten people had spoken to family and friends about their feelings, compared to 55% in 2020. Fewer people had spent time with family, meeting up with friends, undertaken regular exercise or in mindfulness activities.
Nearly two thirds of respondents in 2021 hadn't received a formal diagnosis.
New Years Blues Infographic 2021
Date evidence capture began
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Lifestyle and wellbeing
Other information of note about this report
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If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced?
Mental health services
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Depression and anxiety service
Mental health crisis service
Mental health recovery service
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Number of people who shared their views
Does the information include public's views?
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views?
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What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views?
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?