Covid crisis has had heavy impact on mental health

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
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