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‘Psychological Impact of the Pandemic’ new Report from UCL


Image of the front cover of the Covid Research Study report looking at psychological impact of the pandemic

UCL have published their award-winning ‘Tracking the Psychological and Social Consequences of the Covid-19 Pandemic across the UK Population’ Report which looked at the psychological impact of the pandemic. It was a monumental study, consisting of 70,000 participants surveyed from March 2020 to March 2022 with over 1.2million surveys over 105 weeks. On 21 March 2020, soon after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and two days before the UK’s first lockdown, the Social Biobehavioural Research Group at University College London launched the COVID-19 Social Study. Led by Dr Daisy Fancourt and Professor Andrew Steptoe from the Department of Behavioural Science and Health, the team designed the study to track in real-time the psychological and social impact of the virus across the UK.

The report provides an overview of the main findings from the two years of research, the impact that the study has had in helping the government respond to the pandemic, its influence on people’s daily lives, as well as the collaborative work with researchers around the world. Part I of the report is a detailed synthesis of the key findings from the study while Part II describes in narrative form, the impact the study has had both within and beyond academia as well as recommendations.

The government’s current “COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan” does not go far enough to meet demand, which is projected to rise to 10 million people who will need new or enhanced mental health support. A key recommendation is ‘Increased mental health literacy could enhance help-seeking behaviours and reduce mental health stigma’ and thus lessen the psychological impact of the pandemic. See more information on the Report by visiting

Cognacity‘s global experts continue to support corporate mental health and performance through bespoke wellbeing and coaching programmes as well as keynote speaking and panel events, advising on a wide range of topics that we see recurring as a result of the pandemic – hybrid working, high-performing routines, performance under pressure, dealing with uncertainty and change, and countering burn-out  – get in touch if you’d like more information.

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