The COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health in many ways. The impact is likely to result in ongoing increased need for mental health treatment. 

Communities at greater risk of COVID-19 fatalities are often also at greater risk of mental health inequalities. Support and preventative programmes for their mental health need particular attention and targeting.

This briefing paper from the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group and the Mindfulness Initiative summarises some of the key research findings on the mental health impact of Covid-19, and makes the case for investment in mindfulness interventions, to help people cope with ongoing pressures, for communities experiencing greater socioeconomic pressure or for local recurrences. The paper is written by Jenny Edwards CBE, the Mindfulness Initiative's Health Policy Lead.