Summary of report content
In response to COVID-19, Healthwatch City of London decided, in April, to run a series of surveys to obtain the views and experiences of City residents in the provision of Health and Social care during the pandemic. This report covers mental health and well being. They collected 15 responses between 13 September and 26 September 2020.
Nearly three quarters of respondents recorded that the pandemic had hurt their mental health and wellbeing. Nearly two thirds of respondents who said that the pandemic has hurt their mental health and wellbeing did not seek support, and a further 27% looked into it but did not take any further action.
Over four in five of those who said their mental health and wellbeing were negatively affected knew others who were also negatively affected. Two respondents who cited negative effects on their mental health and wellbeing added that their children experienced negative mental health effects as a result of the pandemic.
Overall, the survey reinforces the common conception that most individuals have experienced a negative impact on their mental health and well-being during the pandemic. What is notable, however, is the small percentage of respondents who have received support. The reasoning behind this phenomenon must be explained and addressed to ensure that those who could benefit from services know of their existence, have the option to use them, and can access them. Furthermore, special attention must be given to vulnerable individuals, who are carrying extra burdens during this extraordinary time.