New Years Blues Infographic 2021

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Summary of report content

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.  

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General details

Report title 
New Years Blues Infographic 2021
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Oldham
Date of publication 
Friday, 2 July, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 January, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 31 January, 2021
Type of report 
Key themes 
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Other information of note about this report 

Methodology and approach

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

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Mental health services 
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Depression and anxiety service
Mental health crisis service
Mental health recovery service
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Mental health
Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition

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? 
Not known
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? 
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.