COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report

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This report presents close to real time intelligence on the mental health and wellbeing of the population in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. It compiles routinely updated indicators from multiple sources and summarises important recent findings from a pre-defined set of studies. It aims to inform policy, planning and commissioning in health and social care and is designed to assist stakeholders at both national and local level.
Delivering real time surveillance (such as in this report) is logistically challenging and the approach should be viewed as experimental. However, the approach is expected to provide value in situations where:
1) the ability to respond to a changing environment is needed and decisions may need to be made quickly;
2) the certainty in existing evidence is limited, posing a barrier to decision-making;
3) there is likely to be new research evidence emerging that would inform decisions.
The report will be produced regularly and aims to include the latest available data and intelligence. It will enable the identification and consideration of changes in mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.


Psychology, Households, Public Policy, Research, Well Being, Health and Covid 19



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