New survey to examine the impact of coronavirus on mental health

Categories: School of Health and Society

Researchers from the University of Salford are investigating the impact of social distancing on mental health, quality of life and the use of social media amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In partnership with the Oslo Met University of Norway, the University of Michigan in the USA and the University of Queensland, Australia, Salford researchers are asking members of the public to complete a ten-minute, online survey. The responses will help the team to understand how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting our quality of life and mental health. The survey will also look at how people are using social media to stay connected. 

Dr Mariyana Schoultz, the project lead for the university and lecturer in mental health, said: “We know that the lockdown and social distancing measures are influencing people’s life experiences. We’d like to find how much of an impact this is having on people’s lives in UK, but also to see how that impact compares to other countries in the world such as Norway, the USA and Australia. 

“This information will be of huge importance for social and healthcare workers as well as policy makers, and will hopefully influence how we deliver much-needed support services for people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The survey is open to anyone in the UK who is over the age of 18. It is completely anonymous and does not include any questions that can identify the respondent either by name, e-mail address, telephone number, or other IDs like IP addresses. 

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