coronavirus

Almost daily news reports point to how lockdown, ‘the new normal’ for most, is influencing behaviours relevant to physical health – including alcohol consumption and taking physical activity. But how is health behaviour changing, among whom, and will any...

The year 2020 has taught us that tackling our problems collectively is the way to get through the pandemic. Many of us have supported our communities by delivering food...

Our worldviews – work, socialising, hobbies, whatever these ‘meaning frameworks’ may be – are under attack from all angles. The monstrous threat of Covid-19 is a threat to all aspects of our lives, and sitting right at the top in terms of existential threat is death. It...

In the last issue of The Psychologist we reported on the formation of a British Psychological Society Covid-19 coordinating group. In the short space of time since, the group,...

In the absence of an effective vaccine, and a vaccine programme that can cover the world’s population, people will continue to become infected with Covid-19. However, the course of this disease is far from uniform. It has been suggested that large numbers of people are...

The UK Government has implemented a range of measures designed to protect public health during the COVID-19 outbreak, from cancelling mass gatherings and closing pubs, bars and cafes (UK Government, 2020), to emphasising effective hand and respiratory hygiene procedures....

It was a day I would never forget. I passed my online viva; although it was a sign of the socially-distanced times we live in due to coronavirus (COVID-19), it was still a time to celebrate after years of hard work training to be a counselling psychologist. A few hours later...

As a researcher I have worked on a number of trials evaluating the effectiveness of parenting programmes (PPs) when delivered to the most vulnerable parents in the community. Every trial typically has its own challenges, not least the very basics of...

The now universal condition of ‘social distancing’ will mean, for some, emotional withdrawal from people. But for some it will mean an endeavour to ‘stay together apart’: to reconnect with others, and the self as well. From an existential psychology perspective, drawing on...

Covid-19 became properly real for us here in the UK in March. As is normal with a situation like this, along with many others I noticed my anxiety levels rising. I began to think about the coping strategies I could use to help dampen down the anxiety. The thing that works...