Bradford residents have been asked to participate in a confidential online survey which measures how the coronavirus lockdown has affected mental health.

People will be asked to share experiences and provide information on their wellbeing and mental health since the UK went into lockdown in March. The survey will also ask people to provide details about any support or help they have received.

The Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust is one of 55 organisations asking local residents to take part in the survey.

The results will provide NHS and researchers with data on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected people’s mental health and improve responses to future pandemics.

Responses from the Bradford region will be part of a larger worldwide study: ‘Psychological impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and experience’.

Director of Research and Development at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Gregor Russell, said: “The survey looks at the impact that Coronavirus and the lockdown has had and will continue to have on our emotions, behaviour and wellbeing. We’re really hoping people across the District will take part, so our area is well represented.

“Although lockdown restrictions are now easing, it seems we’ll all face social distancing for many months. How people deal with this will vary and that’s what this study wants to explore – because studying how people react and cope will play an important part in shaping how the NHS responds to any future crisis.”

The Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health support for local people. Participants must be over 16 to take part in the survey.

The survey can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/2SnQvg1

The survey is run by Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre for Global Health, Population, and Policy, University of Portsmouth and sponsored by the Southern Health Trust.