Half adults polled say Covid-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health, according to PHE survey

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19th January 2021 12:16 - Health

Half adults polled say Covid-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health: A survey by Public Health England (PHE) has found that almost half of the adults polled feel that Covid-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

The survey formed part of the Government's Every Mind Matters campaign to help the nation take better care of their mental health during the pandemic.

It found that more women than men reported having their mental health negatively impacted by coronavirus (53% vs 45%).

When asked about the ways the pandemic has affected their mental health, 46% said they have been experiencing more anxiety, while the same percentage reported 'low mood'. A third of respondents said they have had trouble sleeping (34%), while 44% say they are suffering with more stress.

The reasons why respondents believe they have been experiencing such symptoms ranged from 'missing friends and family' (56%), 'uncertainty about the future' (53%), and 'financial and employment worries' (27%); to worries about their family's health and safety (53%) and loneliness (33%).

However, respondents were also asked about how they feel about the future, with six in 10 (60%) saying they feel 'hopeful'.

Looking after mental health

Three-quarters of the adults polled said they have taken, or plan to take measures to protect their mental health and wellbeing (75%). These include taking regular exercise (32%), having a healthy diet (29%) and staying in touch with friends and family (28%).

The study also shed light on the impact of the pandemic on younger people, with 51% of 18 -34-year-olds more likely to report that Covid-19 has caused them stress, while 43% said it has made them feel more lonely.

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