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29 April 2021

Society Watch 2021

Mental health - Should we be worried?

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In April, we will be launching the second annual NatCen Society Watch report. This year's report focuses on mental health, drawing on the key data sources and launching new research on the impacts of the pandemic on our mental wellbeing.

Date: Thursday, 29th April
Time: 13:00-15:00

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Drawing on a wide range of research, the report provides an insight into the public’s mental health, drawing on the national mental health surveys, new data from Understanding Society and other policy-relevant research. It will provide a picture of people’s mental health from the cradle to the grave, including some of the impacts on the more disadvantaged in our society.

A webinar on 29 April at 1pm will take policy-makers, practitioners and the media through the report and what it tells us about our mental wellbeing today. It will be chaired by Professor Stephani Hatch from King’s College and will include short talks from leading experts in sociology and epidemiology. 

Last year's report, Society Watch: Social trends is available here.


  • Professor Stephani Hatch, Chair, Professor of Sociology and Epidemiology at King’s College, University of London and co-lead of the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health


  • Sally McManus, Senior Lecturer, National Centre for Social Research and City, University of London
  • Neil Smith, Head of Analysis, National Centre for Social Research
  • Professor Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
  • Tim Vizard, Principal Research Officer, Office for National Statistics

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The webinar is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, one of the councils of UK Research and Innovation.

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