Number of Europeans with 'bad state of mind' has tripled during Covid-19 crisis, finds survey

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5th November 2020 17:29 - Health

Number of Europeans with 'bad state of mind' has tripled during Covid-19 crisis: A survey of people across Europe has found that the number who describe themselves as experiencing a 'bad state of mind' has tripled since the pandemic began.

The Report on Mental Health & Wellbeing in Europe by AXA, found that while just 8% of respondents described themselves as having a 'bad' state of mind before the pandemic, 23% described themselves in this way during the crisis. There were also significant changes in the number of people describing their state of mind as 'good' before and during the pandemic - falling from 60% to just over a third (34%).  

Increased stress levels at work

The research polled 5,800 in the UK as well as France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, revealing that 64% of survey participants have seen work-related stress levels increase since the outbreak of Covid-19.

Almost eight in 10 (79%) said their healthcare system has done a good job in dealing with the pandemic, with the majority saying that of all the institutions, healthcare has coped the best with the virus, ahead of government, politicians, schools, the police or security forces.

Changing attitudes towards mental health

The research found that as a result of the pandemic, attitudes towards mental health are changing. A third of Europeans surveyed said they now prioritise their mental wellbeing more than they did previously, while 70% said they have become more accepting of people turning to professionals for support with their mental health.

UK notable findings

Looking at the key findings relating to the UK, the survey found that younger people are amongst the worst affected by Covid-19, with more than a quarter of UK workers aged 25-34 years (27%) reporting a decline in their mental health, compared to 17% of those aged 55 and over.

Almost two-thirds of 25-34-year-olds (63%) said they no longer felt 'in control’ of their lives because of restrictions put in place to halt the spread of coronavirus.

However, the research also found that this younger demoographic was the group feeling most optimistic about the future - and the most likely to say the crisis has helped them realise what they want from their life.

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