The Coronavirus Outbreak Psychological Experiences (COPE) Study is investigating how social distancing, self-isolation and experiences associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have an effect on mental health and well-being.
We would like to understand whether there are similarities and differences in the effect of the pandemic on people with and without lived experience of mental health problems, as well as informal carers for individuals who experience mental health difficulties. We are interested in the impact on their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, the types of coping strategies people are adopting and the mental health support being provided. The study is based upon principles of co-production and service user researchers are fully involved at all stages of the research process.
In the short term, we will produce regular reports of our survey data to government bodies to understand the impact on the mental health of current service users and carers, and support from mental health services. In the mid to long-term, we will have an in-depth, qualitative understanding of the experiences of service users and carers, and we will also investigate the relationships between different aspects of mental health, current status and coping.
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