Mental health and COVID-19
How are Britons affected?


of Britons are facing mental health issues amid the ongoing pandemic


of Britons are having trouble sleeping because of pandemic-related stress


of Britons have reached out for help to deal with their mental stress

Besides the obvious physical discomfort and threat to life, COVID-19 has hit mental health hard. The easing of the lockdown has undoubtedly helped the situation, but only to a certain extent. This report delves into the mental and psychological impact that the pandemic continues to have on people. Mental health professionals can leverage this data in their decision making.

COVID-19 is taking a heavy mental toll on Britons even as life slowly returns to normalcy. The sickness, isolation, and the financial stress triggered by the pandemic and the lockdown continue to have far-reaching consequences for many, including those not directly impacted by the disease. The second wave, which the UK is currently experiencing, is only likely to further aggravate the situation. Amid all the dramatic lifestyle changes, how are people in the UK coping up? Piplsay polled 12,021 Britons to get some insights. Here is a summary of what we found:

Other Insights

  • 60% of women and 54% of men are facing mental health issues amid the ongoing pandemic
  • Gen Zers (45%) are most anxious over someone’s sickness while Millennials (25%) are most fearful of the virus
  • 57% of Millennials have increased their alcohol and drug intake as compared to 43% of Gen Xers
  • 39% of Gen Zers and 35% of Millennials have sought professional help for their mental health as compared to 26% of Gen Xers

Survey Methodology: This Piplsay survey (powered by Market Cube) was conducted nationwide in the UK from October 19-21, 2020. We received 12,021 online responses from individuals aged 18 years and older.

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