Impact of COVID-19 on mental health: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Details of the risk assessments of the psychological effects of lockdown, social distancing, school closures and the wearing of face coverings on the mental health of primary school age children.


The Mental Health Research Advisory Group has been established to follow research developments to understand the medium and long term impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health. Its primary purpose is knowledge exchange to inform the development of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health policy response to COVID-19. The Advisory Group has not performed risk assessments. However, impact assessments have been carried out in relation to the re-opening of schools.

You may find the following links to Scottish Government publications helpful:
Closing and re-opening of Schools - Impact Assessment

Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis

Advisory Note on Physical Distancing in ELC and Childcare Settings

Guidance on preparing for the start of the new school term in August 2020

Guidance on reopening early learning and childcare services

Guidance on individual risk assessment for the workplace

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