Society Watch 2021

Mental health - Should we be worried?
mental health
  • Event time:
    29th April 2021 13:00 GMT Standard Time – 15:00 GMT Standard Time
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In April, we launched the second annual NatCen Society Watch report. This year's report focuses on mental health, drawing on the key data sources and launching new research on the impacts of the pandemic on our mental wellbeing.

Drawing on a wide range of research, the report provides an insight into the public’s mental health, drawing on the national mental health surveys, new data from Understanding Society and other policy-relevant research. It provides a picture of people’s mental health from the cradle to the grave, including some of the impacts on the more disadvantaged in our society.

A webinar on 29 April at 1pm took policy-makers, practitioners and the media through the report and what it tells us about our mental wellbeing today. It was chaired by Professor Stephani Hatch from King’s College and included short talks from leading experts in sociology and epidemiology. 


  • Professor Stephani Hatch, Chair, Professor of Sociology and Epidemiology at King’s College, University of London and co-lead of the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health

The webinar is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, one of the councils of UK Research and Innovation.


  • Sally McManus
    Senior Lecturer National Centre for Social Research and City, University of London
  • Neil Smith
    Head of Analysis National Centre for Social Research
  • Tamsin Ford
    Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry University of Cambridge
  • Tim Vizard
    Head of Policy Office for National Statistics