During the coronavirus pandemic, the number of adults experiencing depression in Britain doubled. The ONS analysis, based on data from a nationally representative survey of three-thousand-five-hundred and twenty-seven adults in Britain, discovered that the proportion of people coming forward with mild to severe depressive symptoms surged from nine-point-seven per cent between July 2019 and March 2020 to nineteen-point-two per cent in June 2020.
Females, those aged 16-39, those unable to afford an unexpected expense or who are disabled, were found to experience depression the most during the pandemic. Some twelve-point-nine per cent of adults said their mild to severe depressive symptoms occurred during the pandemic. In contrast, six-point-two per cent stated this was a continuation of depressive symptoms from previously. Nonetheless, three-point-five per cent of respondents, who had previously reported mild to severe depressive symptoms prior to the pandemic, stated they noticed an enhancement in the symptoms in June 2020.
“Mental health cases surged during the coronavirus pandemic.“
Director of pharmacy and pathology, Maudsley Hospital, David Taylor, stated: “Humans are social animals whose mental health depends upon frequent interaction with others and with the outside world. Being asked to stay inside with little or no contact with other people can be expected to cause increased rates of anxiety and depression. Some people may need short-term treatment with antidepressants.”
Director of external relations, mental health charity Mind, stated: “It’s worrying to see an increase in the number of people experiencing depression. We cannot underestimate the impact that the pandemic has had on the nation’s mental health, whether that’s bereavement, the devastating loss of life, the impact of lockdown, or the recession we are now in. We know people already struggling with their mental health or with related issues like problems with employment, housing, benefits and debt have been hardest hit by coronavirus, but today’s figures also show how the pandemic has affected people who were previously well and are now experiencing depressive symptoms for the first time. Now many emergency measures introduced by government, such as furlough, emergency housing and better statutory sick pay, have stopped or are winding down, we’re concerned even more people will fall through the gaps. It’s crucial that mental health and wellbeing are put at the centre of the UK government’s ongoing recovery plans so that we can rebuild as a kinder and fairer society for everyone."