[Project status - Ongoing]
The Mental Health Policy Research Unit are carrying out a programme of study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health care in the UK, and on any innovations that have arisen as a result of these impacts. There are three main projects:
A framework synthesis of papers and published “grey literature” on the current and potential impacts of COVID-19 on mental health services and the people who use and work in them, and on what has worked and not worked in mitigating these impacts.
An online questionnaire for mental health staff from all sectors about the impact of COVID-19 on services and the success or otherwise of innovations and adaptations to manage these impacts (if you work in mental health care in any sector and would be willing to complete this survey, we'd be delighted: please click here). This is accompanied by brief qualitative work to further understand key challenges and potential future impacts, and the ways in which people are trying to address them.
Further rapid work currently in preparation jointly with the UKRI Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health Group to further understand impacts and any potential strategies to improve them from the perspective of people with lived experience of mental health problems.
As part of this work, we have compiled a list of COVID-19 mental health resources, including guidance documents from a range of organisations, which can be found here. This is not designed to be an exhaustive list and we may add to is as and when we become aware of new resources.