Mental health impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Scotland on vulnerable groups
Read about the mental health impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Scotland on vulnerable groups.
Utilising the research from Waves 4-7 of our larger longitudinal study into the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, we have collaborated with University of Strathclyde to explore its impact on the mental health vulnerable groups. With the data and further qualitative research we have undertaken focused study with people with long term mental health conditions, people with long-term physical health conditions, and lone parents.
National and localised ‘lockdowns’ has led to the closure of services, shops and businesses, schools, colleges and universities and necessitated individuals and family units to ‘self-isolate’ and socially distance from other family, friends, colleagues and wider social networks. This has removed the social connections and day-to-day support that significantly contribute to positive mental health and happiness.
Although this has impacted everyone it is evident that the impact of the pandemic and subsequent response has been experienced very differently by different groups in society and has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities.