The focus is on finding out whether the pandemic and the related lockdowns were associated with changes in different aspects of mental health such as depression, stress or loneliness, resilience such as life-satisfaction, optimism or coping strategies as well as aspects of social cohesion such as trust, belonging and social interactions. Understanding the psychosocial impact of such global stressors will help us to develop a roadmap for how challenges of this magnitude could be better managed in the future.
In the second phase of our study from August 2021 to March 2022, we tested app-delivered online mental trainings aiming at boosting mental health with some of our participants from the previous phase. More specifically, we compared the efficiency of a 10-week mindfulness program with an equally long socio-emotional partner-based program (Dyads), both containing 12-minutes daily mental practices and weekly deepening webinars with teachers. We aim at exploring whether such online interventions can provide a scalable solution to community mental health problems in such crises. The data collection for this phase is now finished and we have moved on to analysing the data.