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COVID-19 and mental health briefing paper

Initial research into the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions on the UK population’s mental health and wellbeing indicates a major negative impact, including increasing rates of suicidal thoughts and a widening socio-economic gap. It demonstrates certain groups are at higher risk for mental ill-health because of the pandemic, including women, young people, people working on the frontline, and people with pre-existing mental health conditions.

Lynn has analysed the current situation and created a briefing paper, which maps the challenges, requirements, and solutions for addressing increased mental health issues in the UK population, specifically using models of strategic communications, data and behavioural science.