Impact of COVID-19 on rural communities in Scotland

Date: 1st March 2021
Category: COVID-19

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New research shows 93% of people living in marginalised rural communities in Scotland have had their mental health and wellbeing impacted by COVID-19. The research focuses on the key issues faced by LGBTQ+ people, young cares, refugees and asylum seekers living in rural Scotland.

Long-standing rural challenges such as digital connectivity, transport and isolation have worsened during the pandemic. For refugee and asylum seekers, community integration and interruption to language development has had an impact on their mental health and wellbeing, whilst online support has been key to mental wellbeing of young carers and LGBT+ people.

  • Read the research in full here.