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PHE Evidence Mapping, Potential impacts of COVID-19 on population mental health in England - Determinants, Vulnerable Groups and Supplementary Annexe

PHE Evidence Mapping, Potential impacts of COVID-19 on population mental health in England - Determinants, Vulnerable Groups and Supplementary Annexe

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The coronavirus pandemic impacts on all our daily lives, in many different ways. We have adapted to wearing masks and socially distancing from friends, family and neighbours. Some will have lost loved ones or worry about losing income or jobs as we enter recession. What effect could these changes have on our mental health as a nation? And what can research and evidence tell us about what we need to do to respond to the impact now and over the longer term? Public Health England (PHE) were asked to provide some evidence on these key questions for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) early on in the pandemic.

The publication draws together evidence on the social determinants of mental health, how they have been impacted in previous infectious disease outbreaks or recessions; and links to early data and pre-published evidence on how the determinants were affected during lockdown. We also summarise mental health impacts for ‘vulnerable’ groups identified as at-risk of worsening mental health.

We have written a blog to introduce the document and outline key findings, which can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/2G8mKfP.

For any further questions please contact corresponding author neha.shah@phe.gov.uk or the public mental health inbox at PublicMentalHealth@phe.gov.uk.
Tags: pandemic public mental health covid -19 recovery planning evidence based policy vulnerable groups social determinants evidence mapping
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