The government has updated the COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing surveillance: report. It covers the latest intelligence on population mental health and wellbeing in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. The implications for NHS employers will be reviewing their existing internal policies, resources and practices to ensure staff are adequately supported with their mental health in line with the most recent findings of this report, and local staff needs.
- Fluctuations in mental health since the start of the pandemic are attributed to the nature of the changes to periods of national lockdown, high covid-19 cases, followed by easing lockdown and reducing cases.
- Depression, life satisfaction and happiness data has reached the lowest level seen since the third national lockdown was lifted in March 2021, and key workers have consistently reported higher levels of depressive and anxiety symptoms than non-key workers.
- The impact of COVID-19 on the population’s mental health varies across different groups and is affected by factors such as age and gender, ethnicity, pre-existing mental health problems, income, and location.
- 21 per cent of adults had self-harm thoughts at least once between March 2020 and May 2021, and experiencing physical or psychological abuse during the pandemic has been the largest contributor.
- Our Mental health in the workplace has tools and resources to help you make positive improvements to mental wellbeing in the workplace.
- The mental wellbeing in the workplace infographic provides a range of up-to-date key statistics and facts about workforce mental wellbeing in the workplace.
- We have a domestic violence web page with facts about domestic violence, how it can affect your staff and what you can do to support them.
- Our enabling and supporting staff to work from home has tips and hints on how you can support your employees with their mental health, domestic violence, and with tackling loneliness.
- The Head first: mental wellness resources designed for the ambulance service page offers advice on how you can promote positive mental wellbeing for employees in the ambulance service.
- Listen to our podcast with Deborah Lee, chief executive from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on her own experience of mental health.