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.

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 LONGITUDINAL STUDIES ON THE MENTAL HEALTH IMPACT OF COVID-19

A number of new studies exploring the effects of the pandemic on mental health have also emerged. The COVID-MINDS Network have identified newly established longitudinal studies on mental health during Covid-19 from across the world – you can access their list here. This list is updated weekly to include all live studies and open access materials. If you run a relevant longitudinal study from any country, you can also register your study with the network.

We are continuing to develop the Catalogue while we work from home and look forward to adding more new studies, sweeps and resources in the coming months. Watch this space for further information.

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