Journal article

Psychosocial and lifestyle predictors of distress and well-being in people with mental illness during the COVID-19 pandemic

Justin J Chapman, Eva Malacova, Sue Patterson, Nicola Reavley, Marianne Wyder, Wendy J Brown, Emily Hielscher, Sarah Childs, James G Scott

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: People with mental illness may be vulnerable to psychological distress and reduced well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this study was to assess psychosocial and lifestyle predictors of distress and well-being in people with mental illness during the pandemic. METHOD: People with mental illness who participated in an exercise programme prior to the pandemic were invited to complete surveys about mental health and lifestyle corresponding to before and during the pandemic. RESULTS: Social support reduced, alcohol intake increased, and sleep quality and diet worsened during the pandemic, contributing to distress. Psychological distress was associated with the two or m..

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