Survey on the impact of Covid-19 on the mental and emotional wellbeing and physical health of people in Bracknell Forest

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Bracknell Forest undertook a survey of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental and physical health of the local population.  They undertook a survey from 27 April to 3 May to which 777 people responded and used conversations with people in their community response to Covid-19 to add to the findings.

Over 9 in 10 of the people responding to the survey were social distancing.  Of the remainder, 1% were self-isolating and 6% were shielded.  Over half of the people who responded to the survey noted that they had experienced a negative impact on their mental and emotional well being as a result of lockdown.  Negative factors influencing their mental and emotional wellbeing included worries about money, home schooling, being confined to one household with little respite, and separation from friends and family.  Positive factors included being able to work from home, awareness of local support and volunteering.

Two in five of respondents reported a negative impact on their physical health.  Factors which influenced this included not wanting to exercise outside the home due to concerns about catching the virus and unhealthy eating habits.

The report includes 5 recommendations about consistent information, sharing insight, support and further research.

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General details

Report title 
Survey on the impact of Covid-19 on the mental and emotional wellbeing and physical health of people in Bracknell Forest
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bracknell Forest
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 13 May, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 27 April, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 3 May, 2020
Type of report 
Key themes 
Cleanliness hygiene and infection control
Health protection
Information providing
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 of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
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? 
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.