Coronavirus (COVID-19)
General mental health



Online survey





Time commitment

You will be asked to use the app for a maximum of 12 months and answer a few questions every few weeks. It will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete these questions.

At the end of 12 months, your account will be disabled, and you will be asked to uninstall the app. You can decide to withdraw from the study at any time.

Rewards and expenses

We are providing no financial incentive to take part in this study.

About the study

In the UK, a nationwide lockdown was announced on 23 March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This has raised many questions as to how people cope with extended periods of lockdown. Among young adults in particular, one in five are already thought to have symptoms of anxiety and depression, and a recent survey showed that younger people, especially young men, are more likely to find it difficult to cope with lockdown.

The HeadSmart:Lockdown study is a research project which seeks to understand what attitudes this population has towards coronavirus and the enforced lockdown; how they are behaving and adhering to the measures in place; and what the longer-term physical and mental health consequences of the lockdown might be.

What will it involve?

If you decide to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an eligibility survey. If you meet the eligibility criteria you will be invited to download our app called HeadSmart via the Apple or Google app store. Over the course of 12 months, HeadSmart will collect psychical activity data, and ask you questions about yourself and experiences of lockdown.

Complete the survey