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How Covid-19 is affecting the mental health of young people in the BAME community


This data insights report focuses on mental health among our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children and young people on Kooth, a mental health support platform. The report indicates that Kooth service users from BAME backgrounds are showing higher levels of self-harm, suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety than white service users compared to the same time period in 2019. Specifically, suicidal thoughts among BAME youth increased by 27 per cent under lockdown; depression increased by 9 per cent; self-harm concerns were up by 30 per cent on previous year; anxiety and stress have seen an 11 per cent increase among BAME young people who also experienced a 27 per cent increase in issues around family relationships.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

How do we secure more effective place-based primary care networks for the long-term?

Institute of Public Care

This discussion paper considers how local partners in health, social care and wellbeing services across the UK have responded to the coronavirus pandemic so far. It argues that to build effective place-based primary care networks for the longer term, partners will need to work together now to implement further changes in: shared services, with increased joint team working; shared systems, such as sharing information systems and intelligence; shared commitments, for example over network boundaries and commissioning; and shared leadership.

Last updated on hub: 03 June 2020

How fit were public services for coronavirus?

Institute for Government

This report sets out an assessment of how prepared and resilient public services, such as the NHS, social care, schools and the police, were for the Covid-19 pandemic. Findings are based on desk research, analysis of government data and interviews with civil servants, front-line staff, representative bodies and other experts. While all services benefited from the existence of emergency plans and command structures, these varied greatly in detail, focus and adaptability. The findings show that: Government plans were too focused on a flu pandemic, with not enough attention paid to the possibility of other types of pandemic; good planning ensured that hospitals could respond well to the first wave, but high staff vacancies and a maintenance backlog will make it far harder to restart routine services; adult social care services struggled because of poor quality national plans, weak communication between Whitehall and local government, and the large number of care homes; underinvestment in buildings and ICT meant the criminal justice system, particularly in criminal courts and prisons, struggled; however, planning for a no-deal Brexit in 2019 meant the Department of Health and Social Care had a greater understanding of how supply chains would be disrupted in a pandemic. The report makes a series of recommendations, including ensuring more regular pandemic planning exercises are conducted, with key ministers such as the prime minister and health secretary taking part within six months of taking office; ensuring providers of public services publish their plans for dealing with emergencies and report annually on progress; and ensuring Government spending decisions are based on the analysis of the resilience of public services.

Last updated on hub: 10 August 2020

How has Covid-19 and associated lockdown measures affected loneliness in the UK?

What Works Centre for Wellbeing

This briefing highlights findings from the Covid Social Study, a research project run by University College London, exploring the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on adults in the UK during the outbreak of COVID-19. Data collected by the study from over 70,000 people has shown how loneliness has been affected between March and July 2020. It provides insights into how many people have been lonely during this uncertain time and what the risk factors are that policy makers and practitioners should recognise in their efforts to alleviate loneliness. The initial analysis of the data shows that people who felt most lonely prior to pandemic now have even higher levels of loneliness. This increase began as physical distancing and lockdown measures were introduced in the UK, in March 2020. Adults most at risk of being lonely, and increasingly so over this period, have one or more of the following characteristics: they are young, living alone, on low incomes, out of work and, or with a mental health condition. The impact on wellbeing from people at risk of loneliness is likely to be compounded by other economic and social impacts experienced by the same people, such as those experiencing job losses and health anxieties.

Last updated on hub: 27 August 2020

How has Covid-19 and the associated lockdown measures affected mental health and wellbeing in the UK?

What Works Centre for Wellbeing

This briefing provides insights into how mental health conditions have changed as a result of Covid-19 and what the risk factors are that need to be recognised when supporting people’s mental health. It draws on data of more than 70,000 people as part of the COVID-19 Social Study, which is run by University College London. Key messages include: anxiety and depression increased in the UK as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, with people’s mental health affected by both adverse experiences regarding their health, jobs and finances as well as worries about what might happen in the future – anxiety and depression have fallen since the highs seen at the start of lockdown but remain above pre-pandemic levels; anxiety and depression have been highest among young adults, those living alone, those living in urban areas, and people with lower household income, with children, and with a diagnosed mental illness; outdoor exercise and gardening can improve our mental health, while spending too much time following the news can be harmful.

Last updated on hub: 10 November 2020

How has COVID-19 changed the landscape of digital inclusion?

Centre for Ageing Better

This briefing looks at how COVID-19 has impacted older people's internet use and sets out recommendations to help ensure fewer people are digitally excluded. The paper identifies multiple and complex barriers that individuals in later life face in getting online, including self-efficacy or lack of confidence; awareness of benefits; awareness of risks; employment history; perception of cognitive ability; influence of family; perceived value and relevance; and access and affordability of equipment. The paper suggests that there are some consistent principles of good practice that can be applied to the support offered to older people. They include: flexibility and relevance – helping people to do the things they need and want to do online; the right pace; repetition and reflection; the right language, avoiding jargon and focusing on the task, not the tech; a strong teacher-student relationship; time to build relationships; ongoing, open-ended support, allowing learners to return with questions and problems; and co-design, involving a wide range of users in the shaping and design of all services, new and existing, to ensure their relevance and effectiveness.

Last updated on hub: 27 August 2020

How has Covid-19 impacted on care and support at home in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament

Findings from a survey to understand the impact of Covid-19 on care at home services, and what issues the pandemic has highlighted, improved, or made worse. The survey ran from 10 August 2020 to 7 September 2020 and the Committee received over 700 responses, including 415 responses from family members of those receiving care at home and unpaid carers and 93 responses from individuals receiving care at home. Key findings include: there was a reduction of care as a result of the pandemic; care at home staff do not receive the same support or recognition as NHS staff; concern regarding safety mainly related to access to and appropriate use of PPE as well as testing and training of care staff; ensuring continuity of care was the second most important issue to respondents, with concerns around quality and consistency of care as well as the need for designated carers to reduce the number of staff entering homes; the reduction of visits, activities and respite services, and resulting loss of a routine, increased feelings of loneliness and isolation for those in receipt of care and of anxiety, depression and mental exhaustion for unpaid carers; despite a reduction in care being delivered, staff saw increased workloads, with new tasks required as a result of the pandemic such as additional staff training, increased staff meetings and increased paperwork; access to additional support and services (food and prescription deliveries, access to activities and entertainment) and access to hospital, GP services and medical equipment was critically important to respondents; it was felt that one to one communication between services and service users needed to improve. Finally, it was suggested that more needs to be done to listen to the needs of those receiving care and involve them in decision making.

Last updated on hub: 26 November 2020

How health and care systems can work better with VCSE partners

NHS Confederation

This briefing from the NHS Reset campaign outlines five ways integrated care systems can work with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to rebuild local systems and reset the way health and care are planned, commissioned and delivered. It includes case studies showing how systems are working with local VCSE organisations to support residents. Organisations across the VCSE sector are uniquely placed to support people and communities and are vitally important to COVID-19 recovery planning, supporting population health and reducing health inequalities. Deepening partnerships with VCSE organisations will be essential in supporting communities to rebuild and recover following the coronavirus outbreak. The briefing outlines five approaches to achieving greater collaboration between health and care systems and VCSE partners. These include: develop a clear and equitable role for the VCSE sector; co-design outcomes for people and communities; commit to longer-term investment in the VCSE; build on what is already there; and embed VCSE services and support in COVID-19 recovery.

Last updated on hub: 05 October 2020

How is COVID-19 affecting children and young people in BAME communities?

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Looks at the reasons why Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in the UK are overrepresented in cases of coronavirus and examines the deeper discussions and debates that are taking place on how the pandemic is affecting BAME communities. Despite the fact that younger people are a low risk group for the virus itself, BAME children and young people, specifically, are experiencing the pandemic differently from their peers—as a consequence of the disproportionate social, economic, and psychological impacts on their communities.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

How is COVID-19 changing the relationship between communities and public services?

Local Trust

This report summarises findings from an event held by the Local Trust and the New Local Government Network (NLGN) on the changing relationship between communities and public services during and beyond COVID-19. The session explored how community responses to COVID-19 might disrupt the current relationship between communities and public services and how they could begin to shape a different dynamic in which residents have more power and control over what happens in their area. The paper shows that in local pandemic responses, the partnership between public services and communities has become stronger; digital technology is bringing public services and communities closer together; sector lines have become blurred, with local businesses stepping up to help public services and fellow members of the community; and community activism presents a real opportunity for public services and communities to unlock community power.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020