COVID-19 AND UK LONGITUDINAL & COHORT STUDIES
The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic range from a sudden increase in deaths to border shutdowns, social distancing, and a major economic downturn. Amongst the many areas of life affected, mental health and wellbeing are some of the most worrying. The impacts of the pandemic are likely to be pervasive, affecting all aspects of society and health in both the short and long term. As the situation evolves, several initiatives are being developed to capture, understand and mitigate the profound impact of the pandemic on mental health and wellbeing.
COVID-19 AND ESTABLISHED LONGITUDINAL & COHORT STUDIES
Many of the UK’s longitudinal and cohort studies have responded by initiating additional phases of data collection to examine the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on mental health and wellbeing. Below is a list of some of the longitudinal and cohort studies that have confirmed that they have included a COVID-19 related mental health assessment.
- Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents & Children (ALSPAC) - Learn more
- Born in Bradford (BiB & BiBBS) - Learn more
- British Cohort Study (BCS70) - Learn more
- Cognitive Function & Ageing Studies (CFAS)
- English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)
- Environmental Risk Longitudinal Twin Study (E-Risk)
- Generation Scotland
- Health and Wellbeing of UK Armed Forces Personnel: A Cohort Study
- Mental Health of Children & Young People Surveys
- Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) - Learn more
- National Child Development Study (NCDS) - Learn more
- National Survey of Health & Development (NSHD) - Learn more
- Next Steps - Learn more
- Resilience, Ethnicity & Adolescent Mental Health (REACH)
- Southall & Brent Revisited (SABRE) - Learn more
- Twins Early Development Study (TEDS)
- TwinsUK - Learn more
- UK Biobank
- Understanding Society (UKHLS) - Learn more
- Wirral Child Health & Development Study (WCHADS)
For some studies, data collection is currently under way, while others are preparing their assessment interviews. Use the “COVID” filter on the Search page to identify studies collecting information about mental health and wellbeing during lockdown. We will update the Catalogue when further information is made available. All studies have also confirmed that their data sharing policies are the same as for all other data.
The longitudinal studies included in the Catalogue for Mental Health Measures have a key role to play in answering crucial questions in relation to the effects of the pandemic.
- Many studies on the Catalogue are nationally-representative, meaning that their findings will be generalizable to a greater proportion of the population.
- The studies have baseline data on mental health and well-being, prior to the outbreak, allowing pre- and post-COVID-19 comparisons.
- These studies have collected a wealth of information on social context factors which may influence the impact of the pandemic on individuals and groups.
NEW STUDIES & COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVES ON MENTAL HEALTH & COVID-19
A number of new studies have been initiated to explore the effects of the pandemic on mental health, along with coordination efforts to facilitate collaboration between these studies.
COVID-MINDS is a network of longitudinal studies on the global mental health impact of COVID-19 funded by the Wellcome Trust. COVID-MINDS aims to support data sharing, the harmonisation of mental health measures, and dissemination. The network have identified:
- New and established longitudinal studies examining mental health during COVID-19
- Studies based in the UK and across the world
The NIHR Mental Health Translational Research Collaboration (MH-TRC) have established the COVID-19 and Mental Health Studies Register with the aim of facilitating the development of high-quality collaborative mental health research in the context of the pandemic. The register collates information about:
- Any study based in the UK that either addresses mental health aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, or has the potential to address this field (for example, a COVID-19 respiratory study which is open to adding mental health outcome measures)
- International studies which have UK partners
Stay well and safe!