A new study by Graham Murray looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in the general population: a comparison between Germany and the UK
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to dramatic social and economic changes in daily life. First studies report an impact on the mental health of the general population showing increased levels of anxiety, stress and depression. In this study, we compared the impact of the pandemic on two culturally and economically similar European countries: the UK and Germany.
782 participants from the UK and Germany completed an online survey about COVID-19 exposure, impact on financial situation and work, substance and media consumption and mental health.
The study found distinct differences between the two countries. UK responders reported a stronger direct impact on health, financial situation and families. Interestingly, German responders were less hopeful for an end of the pandemic and more concerned about their life-stability.
A quarter of participants reported a worsening of the general psychological symptoms and between 20 and 50 per cent reached the clinical cut-off for depression and anxiety. This study specifically shows the need for tailored intervention systems to support large proportions of the general public.