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New report explores the impact of Covid-19 on the wellbeing of psychologists

13 November 2020

The psychological workforce must be supported after experiencing an ‘emotional rollercoaster’ during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report released by the BPS.

The report, which draws upon the personal reflections of more than 200 psychologists and trainees, highlights the impact of the pandemic on psychologists, their work, and wellbeing.

It details themes such as adjusting to remote working, juggling moral and ethical dilemmas, and dealing with increased workloads as just some of the ways the pandemic has taken its toll on psychologists.

It also explores ways in which the pandemic has opened up opportunities for psychology and psychologists to play a leading role, for instance influencing policy and changing conversations around mental health. 

Dr Adrian Neal, Co-Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology’s Leadership and Management Faculty, said:

“As a profession, psychology has made a significant contribution to the UK’s response to Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to do so.

The pandemic has also resulted in personal and professional challenges which may impact upon the wellbeing of our profession and on us as individuals.

We must remember that psychologists themselves are human and have not been immune to the impact of the pandemic.

We must endeavour to promote systemic and individual wellbeing for our psychological workforce and ensure we are best prepared for the future.”

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