September Update: The Psychological Impact of COVID-19

In last month's blog, we highlighted 5 key things we had learnt so far about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global mental health and wellbeing:

1) mental health during the pandemic has been worse than pre-pandemic levels;

2) mental health could potentially return to pre-pandemic levels as lockdown restrictions are lifted;

3) COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting females and young adults and people from BAME groups;

4) health behaviours are also negatively impacted; and

5) sleep appears to be one of the pathways linking stress with poor mental health.

In the past month further published longitudinal studies, pre-prints and research reports have enhanced our understanding about the psychological impact of COVID-19. Here are the 5 things that we have learned this month.