Government launches major study into mental health impact of Covid-19

The Government will launch one of the largest studies so far into the long-term effects of Covid-19 on mental health, it has been revealed.

The research, led by the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, comes after a growing number of people reported mental health symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, as a result of the pandemic.

According to the announcement, the upcoming £4.8 million study will examine and explore the mental health of patients hospitalised by Covid-19.

These types of patients are often exposed to great deals of isolation, stress and worry about their health, all while not being able to have physical contact with friends or family.

The Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said the research will hopefully “support the search for treatments for Covid-19” and the “development of care pathways that will help patients recover as fully as possible after having experienced the disease”.

Over the course of the study, the researchers will follow around 10,000 people who have been discharged from hospital after having Covid-19.

Commenting on the new research, Mr Hancock said: “As we continue our fight against this global pandemic, we are learning more and more about the impact the disease can have not only on immediate health, but longer term physical and mental health too.

“This world-leading study is another fantastic contribution from the UK’s world-leading life sciences and research sector. It will also help to ensure future treatment can be tailored as much as possible to the person.”

The latest figures suggest that around one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, with the most common illnesses being anxiety and depression.

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