What's happened to our mental health in 2020; tools to get through the winter
Claudia Hammond examines the effect Covid-19 is having on the UK's mental health and hears of psychological tools to get through an uncertain winter
More than two-thirds of adults in the UK have reported feeling somewhat or very worried about the effect Covid-19 is having on their life. The most common issues affecting well-being are worry about the future, feeling stressed or anxious and feeling bored. So what does the data say about what has really happened to the nation’s mental health during the pandemic? Claudia Hammond hears about the short and potential long-term impacts, possible ways to address the effects, and examines the psychological tools to get through an uncertain winter from so called Awe-Walks to the technique of Decentering.
With contributions from:
Tim Dalgleish, Professor of Clinical Psychology University of Cambridge
Til Wykes, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at King's College London.
Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology University College London
Virginia Sturm, UCSF Centre for Psychophysiology and Behaviour
James Downs, mental health and eating disorders activist
Producer Adrian Washbourne