Launch of Report: COVID-19, the Restrictions and Changes to Services: the Experiences and Views of People in Edinburgh with Lived Experience of Mental Health Issues

We are really happy to announce the launch of our report into the impact of COVID-19 on people in Edinburgh with lived experience of mental health issues.

You can download a copy of the report here:

(We will be making a large print version of the report and will post it here when it is ready.)

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on people in Scotland. At a time like this, it is more important than ever that the views of people in Edinburgh with lived experience of mental health issues are represented and heard when services and support are being planned.

We wanted to hear from people with lived experience of mental health issues in Edinburgh about how they have been affected by the pandemic, what they need – for their mental and physical health, and wellbeing – and whether or not their needs are being met. We also wanted to hear if there was anything happening that people would like to see continue in the future. And we wanted to hear if they had any ideas for changes that could be made that would improve life for people with mental health issues in Edinburgh just now.

We carried out a survey in May – August 2020 to hear people’s views. People had the opportunity to respond by filling in the questionnaire online, returning it by email or by post, or giving us their views over the phone. We would like to say a big thank you to everybody who contributed.

We carried out this work to ensure that the voices of people in Edinburgh with lived experience of mental health issues are heard when services are being planned. It is part of our wider collective advocacy work which includes Edinburgh Community Voices which is currently meeting online.

Edinburgh Community Voices is an open meeting for anyone who has lived experience to discuss mental health and services in Edinburgh.  The group normally meets on the first Wednesday of the month, but the first meeting of 2021 will be on Wednesday 13th January, 2 – 3.30pm. If you would like to take part in the meeting, or if you’re interested but have any questions, please email Becky – [email protected] 

We know that not everybody is able to take part in online meetings.  If you would still like to be involved and give us your views, you can send us an email (as above), give us a call on 0131 554 5307, or contact us by post – Collective Advocacy, AdvoCard,  Andrew Duncan Clinic, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Place, Edinburgh EH10 5HF