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The impact of  COVID-19

Duration: 1 year (2021 – 2022)

The purpose of the surveys was to identify the impact of the pandemic on the mental health services, the changes that have occurred in terms of service delivery, pressures arising from an increase in demand and whether these have affected the mental health of patients and clinicians.

The survey will collect specific information on access, delivery and quality of mental health services from the perspective of patients and mental health clinicians. Some information will also be gathered on patients’ mental health and their perceived use of mental health services during the pandemic

There are two main aims. These are to:

  1. Seek the views of people with a pre-existing mental health condition and those who have been recently diagnosed in the past 12 months; focusing on their perceptions regarding their use of mental health services and the impact of national governments’ actions on mental health during the pandemic.


  1. Ask clinicians (psychiatrists and where possible psychologists) about the pressures of delivering mental health services during this challenging time; what factors have affected their ability to provide services/support to patients (including the impact on their own mental health).

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