Wales to face wave of mental health problems after pandemic.
The study looked at wellbeing several weeks into Wales’ first lockdown
A new study has found that younger adults, women and people from deprived areas have been suffering most
Wales faces a wave of mental health problems in the wake of Covid-19 – with younger adults, women and people from deprived areas suffering the most, according to a study.
Researchers at Swansea and Cardiff universities examined the pandemic’s impact on the mental wellbeing of the Welsh population.
The initial findings reveal around half of the 13,000 participants showed clinically significant psychological distress, with around 20% suffering severe effects.
Their responses were given during June and July, when the pandemic was seen to be having a dramatic effect on psychological wellbeing.
The implications of the pandemic are larger than previous studies have suggested
Professor Nicola Gray, from Swansea University, said: “We examined psychological wellbeing and the prevalence of clinically significant mental distress in a large sample 11 to 16 weeks into lockdown and compared this to population-based data collected pre-Covid-19.
“It showed a large decrease in wellbeing from pre-Covid-19 levels.”
Prof Gray said the effects in Wales, and by implication those in the UK and beyond, are larger than previous studies had suggested.
“This probably reflects that the current data was taken deeper into the lockdown period than previous evaluations,” she said.
“Public sector services need to prepare for this increase of mental health problems with an emphasis on younger adults, women, and in areas of greater deprivation.”
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