The COVID-19 Pandemic, Financial Inequality and Mental Health

Antonis Kousoulis, Shari McDaid, David Crepaz-Keay, Susan Solomon, Chiara Lombardo, Jade Yap, Lauren Weeks, Chris O'Sullivan, Rachel Baird, Richard Grange, Tony Giugliano, Lucy Thorpe, Lee Knifton, Mark Rowland, Tine van Bortel, Ann John, Sze Lee, Alec Morton, Gavin Davidson

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Abstract

More than one third of UK adults in full-time work are worried about losing their jobs, according to new data from a study tracking the mental health risks and impacts of the pandemic. The latest research, done on 24th – 26th April [2020], also found that one fifth of unemployed adults surveyed said they had had suicidal thoughts and feelings during the last two weeks. This is more than double the rate among UK adults generally. One in ten (11 per cent) of unemployed adults who have felt stress because of the pandemic also said that they had not found anything to help them cope with it. Again, this is double the rate among UK adults. Another finding of the new survey is that one third of all adults surveyed said they were worried about their finances, such as bill payments and debts. The survey data, from 4,246 UK adults aged 18 and over, were collected as part of a major UK-wide longitudinal research project called Coronavirus: Mental Health in the Pandemic. “Our research is starting to reveal how the financial and employment inequalities caused and exacerbated by the pandemic are affecting people’s mental health,” said Mental Health Foundation Director Dr Antonis Kousoulis.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMental Health Foundation
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 07 May 2020

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