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The mental wellbeing of patients recovering from Covid-19 is low enough on average to require assessment for depression, according to new feedback from users of a Covid Virtual Ward created by digital therapeutics providers, my mhealth.
Measured against a wellbeing scale created by the World Health Organisation patients with Covid-19 using the my mhealth Covid Virtual Ward, reported on average significantly lower feelings of wellbeing. The average score was in the “poor” wellbeing category of the scale, known as the WHO-5 – low enough to suggest that Covid has had a significant impact on wellbeing and that the respondents may benefit from further support and assessment.
With the research being the latest indication of the deep and long-lasting impact from the pandemic on physical and mental health, a significant new and free initiative to support wellbeing is being made available across the UK. Designed by psychologists and wellbeing practitioners, the “Space from Covid” digital therapy initiative is being offered free, by SilverCloud Health.
Aston spoke to Dr Lloyd Humphreys, clinical psychologist and head of Europe at SilverCloud Health to discuss more about the new mental health therapy.