Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 Survey

Information and consent

You are being invited to take part in a survey about how the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has affected your mental health.This survey will involve answering a 3 minute survey now.

It will help our understanding about the mental health effects of COVID-19. The survey has been designed by doctors from the University of Oxford and Kings College London. Academics at the University of Warwick will analyse the survey data. 

By taking part, you are agreeing that you have read and understood the information about the study below. Please ensure you have read and understood this information before continuing.

If you have any concerns about COVID-19, or wish to find out more, please see the NHS guidance at:

What is this survey about?

This survey aims to identify the mental health effects of COVID-19.

The information you provide will help us understand the problems you face and how services and the Government should respond.

Do I have to take part?

Participation in this survey is entirely voluntary and is open to people over the age of 18 living in the UK.

What will taking part involve?

You will be asked to complete one survey now.

What will you ask?

You will be asked questions about yourself and your mental health. Some of these questions are considered personal data, such as questions on your ethnicity and mental health. The University of Warwick will process your personal data for the purpose of research. 

What will happen to the information I give you?

Your survey responses will be hosted by Qualtrics software on a secure server, meeting requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) and 2018 Data Protection Act (DPA) regarding the legal grounds for data processing and the preservation of the confidentiality of personal data.

To undertake analysis of the survey data, the University of Warwick research team will download data from this server, remove any obvious identifying information and label individual records with a unique numeric identifier. The survey dataset resulting from these deletions is termed a ‘pseudonymised’ dataset, which will be stored securely. 

The removed personal identifiable data, as well as the key linking it to the identifiers, will be stored separately, on an encrypted non-networked computer kept in a locked room at the University of Warwick. Only selected members of the University of Warwick team would have access to these personal details, to be used only as needed. 

The pseudonymised dataset will be stored securely on University-managed computers protected by password access and complying with University of Warwick regulations on information security. The folder containing the pseudonymised survey data will be restricted to the project team members at the University of Warwick. No-one outside the University of Warwick project team will have access to the pseudonymised data.

The legal basis for processing this personal data is where you have given us your consent.

Your personal data will not be shared or disclosed to any third parties external to the University of Warwick.

Your personal data will not be transferred outside of the UK, will be kept securely by the University of Warwick. 

Your data will be retained for 10 years. After which, the data will be deleted.

The University of Warwick is the Data Controller of this information and is committed to protecting the rights of individuals in line with Data Protection Legislation. Please visit the University’s Data Protection webpages for further information in relation to your rights and how the University processes your personal data. The University’s Data Protection Officer, Anjeli Bajaj, can be contacted through: and any requests or complaints should be made in writing to the University’s Data Protection Officer. 

The information you provide will help us understand the problems you face and how services and the Government should respond. We will also publish work from this survey in scientific journal. 

Nobody will be able to identify you from the data we analyse or from any publications. 

This study has received approval from the University of Warwick Biomedical & Scientific Research Ethics Committee (BSREC 103/19-20).

How do I find out the results?

We will be presenting a regularly updated visualisation of the mental health effects of COVID-19 on this website.

Keeping your data safe

Keeping your information secure is our highest priority. There are a number of regulations and policies that our survey complies with to ensure data is protected.

We use the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union’s data protection standards, and commit ourselves to using your information solely for medical benefit. Our policies on privacy are public and transparent. 


I understand that:

  • My participation is completely voluntary. 
  • Due to this anonymisation it will not be possible to withdraw my answers after they have been submitted, but I can withdraw from future surveys at any point. 
  • The data gathered in this study will be stored securely in University of Warwick data servers and it will not be possible to identify me in any outputs from this research.