We're asking if you would help with an international survey to increase understanding of the impact of coronavirus and the lockdown on our mental health.
The James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is now part of a collaborative group, led by colleagues at Southern Health, who are conducting a global study into the psychological impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.
The study, which is available online and open to anyone over 16, aims to explore the impact coronavirus and the lockdown is having and will continue to have on our emotions, behaviour and wellbeing.
Researchers are asking people to complete a short 15 minute questionnaire about the impact coronavirus has had on their lives. They will use this information to support our understanding of how our mental health and wellbeing may be being affected by the pandemic and what may be helpful for people.
Anyone over the age of 16 with access to be able to complete this online questionnaire can take part. It’s up to you to decide whether to take part or not. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time, without giving a reason and without consequence. This survey is completely voluntary and you can stop completing it at any time. You also do not have to answer any questions you don’t want to, you can just skip them.
Please visit https://bit.ly/2SnQvg1 for more information and please select the James Paget University Hospital from the drop-down selection.
The survey is currently running until the end of July.
Prof Shanaya Rathod, Consultant Psychiatrist & Director of Research at Southern Health said: “The global impact of COVID 19 will be felt by us for a long time. Our study aims to investigate the psychological impact of COVID 19 on general population, healthcare workers, patients with COVID and individuals with vulnerabilities.”
Whilst some restrictions have been eased this week, forms of social distancing and isolation are set to continue for many months. Reactions to these conditions will vary across individuals and studying how people react and cope will play an important part in shaping how the NHS responds to any future crisis.
The study is linked to the Medical Research Council global health research programme led by the Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre for Global Health, Population, and Policy, University of Portsmouth, the study involves a whole range of partners across the NHS.
Mirroring the truly global scale of the pandemic, the study is also being shared by partners across the world, including in Canada, India, Greece, Singapore and Holland among others. The study aims to not only look at how the virus has impacted on our own mental health across the UK but then compare it to others from different countries.
Professor Rathod added: “The global platform and use of validated questionnaires allows the study to assess the wider impact of culture, political landscapes and impact of different responses in different countries. As a result we will be able to understand and strengthen our ongoing responses and those for any future crisis.”
With over 55 sites across the UK and dozens across the globe either already running the survey, in the process of setting it up, or expressing their interest, it is hoped the study will provide researchers and the NHS with much wider view of how the pandemic has affected people. This data can then be used to adapt and improve our responses to future crisis, allowing a more personalised approach to psychological support.