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28 September 2020

How the Covid-19 lockdown impacted on SA’s mental health

Maverick Citizen

By Mark Orkin, Ngqapheli Mchunu, Kelebohile Afrika, Narnia Bohler-Muller and Kate Alexander• 10 September 2020

In May, our University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Democracy Survey project presented baseline empirical evidence of South Africans’ mental health following the onset of Covid-19 in South Africa.

Following two months of infections, deaths and what a recent Economist writer called, “a pandemic of psychological pain”, we gathered data in a follow-up survey in early July. We again have a sizeable nationwide sample weighted to Stats SA data by race, age and education.

We can now examine the changes in mental health that have occurred, and how their drivers may vary across our highly unequal and diverse society.

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