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Take part in important Covid-19 research

by Sandra Issar

The UK’s Covid-19 leading mental health study is looking for adults to take part in its research.

The study, by University College London, is being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness in the UK and to inform government advice and decisions.

Participation involves answering a 10-minute online survey and then answering a shorter follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.

What happens to the details you provide?

The data people provide is analysed anonymously (so participants can’t be identified) and provided into weekly dashboards for cabinet office, wider departments of government (including the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education), Public Health England, NHS England, and mental health organisations and charities.

The reports are also made publicly available very much promoting ‘open science’ during the pandemic so that people are informed about how the nation is being affected.

The data is then being used to inform what advice is given to people, and what support is available, whether that is formal mental health service support or other support such as from telephone lines (like the Samaritans) and voluntary organisations.

It is also being used to inform decisions such as the length of lockdown. These are all decisions that directly affect people’s daily lives, so taking part can give individuals a chance to say what challenges they are facing.

If you would  like to get involved in this important research please take part in the survey.