Until recently it was still somewhat of a taboo subject, but talking about mental health has gradually been normalised and the stigma previously attached to it has been to some extent eroded. Cue the coronavirus pandemic, when the effects on mental health experienced by a large proportion of the population led to a new level of openness about the struggles which we were collectively, though often in isolation, experiencing.
As a new Statista survey has revealed, 4 in 10 UK adults said the pandemic has had a negative effect on their mental health, and as this infographic shows, only 26 percent of respondents reported having experienced none of the listed issues in the last twelve months. Stress and anxiety were the most commonly reported issues, 36 and 38 percent respectively. Over a quarter of respondents said they had experienced a depressive phase in the past year, and close to one fifth had suffered panic attacks.