Summary of report content
In June 2020, Healthwatch Sunderland gathered feedback from 714 respondents, gathering people’s general experiences of using health and social care services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this report is to understand the experiences of those who responded to the questions on the impact of the pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing.
Women reported that the pandemic had a greater impact than men, and were more likely to seek support for their mental health. Women were more likely to seek help from friends and family, whereas men preferred to seek support at work, from mental health groups and GPs. The age group who reported the highest levels of negative impact were respondents aged between 25 and 34, with 67% of respondents showing that it had impacted them a great deal, a lot or a moderate amount. This contrasts to just 36% of those over 75 years old. Those aged between 18 and 24 were most likely to say they were not able to access the support they needed.
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