New survey on mental health impacts of Covid-19 launched

Hannah Downey

The National Rural Mental Health Forum is researching how Covid-19 has impacted on the mental health and wellbeing of marginalised rural communities throughout Scotland, specifically young carers, refugees and asylum seekers and LGBT+.

The Forum has launched a short survey to evidence how the pandemic has affected rural mental health in these three communities, highlight barriers encountered, explore what has helped wellbeing, and – most importantly – identify what needs to change in rural Scotland to improve mental health and wellbeing support and services. 

Jim Hume, Convenor of the National Rural Mental Health Forum stated ‘We know that Covid-19 is impacting on the mental health and wellbeing of rural communities across Scotland – with this research we want to ensure that the voices of marginalised groups are represented and listened to. We have been engaging with partners across Scotland to develop the research and we are very pleased to launch the survey this week. The findings will inform recommendations to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for young carers, LGBT+ people and refugee and asylum seekers living in rural Scotland.’

The survey is open until the 2nd of December and can be completed here:  

For further information/queries, please contact Fiona Thompson, Rural Campaign Manager: