Can you help to shape future mental health policy as we recover from the pandemic?
We want to hear from you. You can take part in our latest research if you live in Scotland, are over 16 and receive mental health support from your GP or any other mental health professional, or have been referred for support in the last 18 months.
Take part in short survey by clicking on the link below.
Your experience can make a difference
At SAMH, we know that the pandemic has had a devastating impact on people with mental health problems; who have seen their wellbeing and access to support deteriorate.
This latest phase of our research builds on our earlier study, and seeks to find out how people with mental health problems have experienced the latest phase of the pandemic, including the impact of changing restrictions.
“Contacting NHS staff has felt impossible, I feel like I’ve been hit by a tidal wave trying to figure it out which way I'm being swept. I’m grateful that I do have some coping skills from therapy and I’m undergoing treatment because I imagine it’s really hard to make that first step.”
Earlier this year we published ‘Forgotten’, a research report showing that people with experience of mental health care and treatment found that:
- Over half of participants felt their mental health has worsened eight months into the pandemic, compared to at the start;
- Participants could not rely on getting the support they required – while the majority (over two-thirds) tried to speak to their GP about their mental health during the pandemic, one in ten were unsuccessful.
- Over a quarter of respondents said their specialist treatment or care stopped entirely because of the pandemic.