"Evidence suggests this is not going to be a short-term issue and that mental health support and interventions are urgently required to reduce some of the mental health inequalities that have emerged."The study used previous years of data with findings from two Covid-19 questionnaires from this year to understand the impact of the pandemic on mental health.The researchers found that women, those with pre-existing health conditions, those living alone during the pandemic, those who were self-isolating and those with recent financial problems were at risk of poorer mental health."The findings suggest that there is a need to protect mental health at this time (especially managing anxiety) and support mental health services," co-lead researcher Dr.
Rebecca Pearson said.
"It is especially important to learn lessons from the first lockdown now that we are in a second lockdown.