Research: COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report
- There is evidence that self-reported mental health and wellbeing worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The decline was largest in April. There is evidence of some recovery since then, but not yet to pre-pandemic levels.
- Mental distress was 8.1% higher in April 2020 than it was between 2017 and 2019.
- In April 2020 over 30% of adults reported levels of mental distress indicative that treatment may be needed, compared to around 20% between 2017 and 2019.
- Young adults and women have been more likely to report worse mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic than older adults and men.