Covid crisis has had heavy impact on mental health

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Provisional data from the Income and Living Conditions 2021 survey carried out by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that more than a half (52.8 %) of Latvian residents aged 16 years and more consider that the Covid-19 crisis has negatively affected their mental health. 

46.3 % of population consider that it has had no impact on their mental state, while 0.9 % of population believes the crisis has actually had a positive effect.

It seems women are subjected to the impact of Covid-19 crisis slightly more than men – 55.1 % of females and 49.5 % of males claimed that they experienced a negative impact on their mental health during the last 12 months.

As the age of persons surveyed increased, the negative impact of Covid-19 on mental health reduced: 59.1 % of youth aged 16 to 24 years have experienced negative impact, in turn, among 25-49 years old population negative impact of the pandemic was indicated by 56.3 %.

Among population approaching retirement age (50–64 years) negative impact was experienced by 54.1 %, but among seniors (65 years and more) by 47.2 %.

The graphic below shows the subjective assessment of persons aged 16 years and over in response to the question: “How has the Covid-19 crisis affected your mental health during the last 12 months?”

Impact of Covid crisis on mental health
Impact of Covid crisis on mental health

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