Survey reveals the need for long-term focus on mental health support in Wales

With lockdowns easing, families reuniting and people beginning to move towards a 'new normal', the long-lasting impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people's mental health has come into focus once again.

Initial new figures from Mind Cymru's 'Coronavirus: One Year On' survey revealed that nearly two in three (63 per cent) adults believe that their mental health and wellbeing has got worse since the first national lockdown in March 2020. Moreover, just over a quarter of people (26 per cent) said they had developed a mental health problem during the pandemic. Not being able to see friends, family or a partner and being worried about the virus were the main contributing factors, with 60% of respondents being worried about seeing or being near other people once restrictions ease.