A Year In Our Lives 2020

A Year In Our Lives 2020

2020 will always be remembered as the year our lives changed dramatically due to the coronavirus pandemic. We wanted to find out how this has been affecting people’s emotional and mental health.

The ‘A Year in Our Lives’ project has been gathering and sharing the first-hand experiences of people living through the pandemic.

Entries have now closed, but you can read all the stories from the project here.


Watch this video to find out more about the project:


What will happen to the pieces which have been submitted?

The accounts we've received from people across the country will help to shape our understanding of how coronavirus has impacted the nation’s mental health. Later in 2021, all stories will undergo anonymous thematic analysis by our researchers to explore differences in themes from different localities and communities. The analysis will also seek a narrative on how people have coped and what they have found helpful. This research will be published on our website.


The project's Expert Advisors share tips on writing about your experiences:

If you have any questions about the project, get in touch with us: ourlives@centreformentalhealth.org.uk

If at any point the process of writing about your experience causes you any emotional distress, please see our helplines page which provides details of organisations that can provide support. We have also put together a page of mental health resources and information related to coronavirus which you may find helpful.

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Last modified
15/04/2021 - 12:09

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