The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression and psychological distress among the general population. Between March and June 2020, the number of adults experiencing psychological distress stood at 37.8 per cent, up 13.5 per cent from the average figure for 2019.
This deterioration in mental wellbeing can be explained by the impact of multiple lockdowns on our ability to perform and enjoy activities which previously kept us well and happy. These include meeting up with friends and family, exercising and keeping physically active, travelling and exploring new sites, going to school or to work, as well as eating out. Compounded with working-from-home fatigue and financial concerns around furlough and redundancy, our inability to enjoy the things we love can take a substantial toll on our mental health and wellbeing.
Workplaces, in particular, have felt the impact of the crisis on staff mental health, wellbeing, and productivity. Some employees will have suffered bereavements during this time, often unable to attend funerals. Others will have experienced insecurity about their jobs and finances. The pandemic has also led some employees to work longer or irregular hours, with many having to combine work with home-schooling and other family responsibilities, leading to a poor work-life balance.
To support our members during this difficult time, ukactive has launched the Mental Health Resource Hub, a platform which collates the latest information, resources and best practice surrounding mental health.