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HG Emotional Needs Audit used to assess emotional wellbeing during the pandemic

A new report uses the HG framework to assess emotional wellbeing during the pandemic lockdown.

In order to measure how well the ‘human givens’ were being met in the Irish population, Amárach surveyed a representative sample of 1,000 adults in February 2019 and again in April 2020. Having this data has enabled them to assess the impact of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown on a meaningful statistical population sample. The report highlights important needs not being met and confirms the value of HG in assessing mental health and highlighting what can be done to improve it.

News Release – 21 April 2020

Maintaining Good Mental Health during a Pandemic

The Covert Consequences of Covid-19

The hidden negative effects of lockdown on wellbeing have been revealed today in a recent hard-hitting report.

While many of the world’s top scientists and statisticians are working flat out to find solutions to Covid-19 and we all try our best to deal with a situation none of us have faced before, it is crucial to chart the psychological and physiological impact of this pandemic on society and upon us as individuals, say the authors.

The Amárach Report (view here) uses the powerful, holistic Human Givens framework for assessing mental health and wellbeing to determine the impact of the current lockdown on a meaningful statistical population sample in Ireland.  Having already done a similar ‘emotional needs audit’ last year, Amárach was in a good position to assess this.  Here is an extract from the Executive Summary:

·      Our quality of ‘sleep’ has deteriorated

·      Our need for ‘intimacy’ is not being met – particularly among 18–24 year olds

·      Feelings of ‘safety and security’ have declined

·      Our needs for a sense of ‘community’ and ‘privacy’ are being unmet

·      We have a reduced sense of ‘meaning’

But there is some good news too,

·      Despite all that we are going through, we are maintaining a high level of ‘psychological resilience’

The Human Givens approach enables us to better understand the impact of Covid-19 on our mental health and wellbeing and, most importantly, what we can do about it.

Comment from Human Givens:  Ivan Tyrrell, HG co-founder and a director of the Human Givens Institute said, “The impact of Covid-19 will be with us for some considerable time, particularly for the elderly and vulnerable, who must cope with and endure isolation and lockdown until it is safe to emerge and take up normal life once again. This report highlights the potentially damaging effect that these essential measures can have upon everyone. We must take action now to protect and preserve our mental health. The Human Givens approach is a practical and effective means to do this.”


Commenting on the Amárach report

Gerard O’Neill
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For more information about human givens contact:

Denise Winn  Tel:  +44 (0)208 450 5646

Note on the Human Givens Institute

The Human Givens Institute (HGI), established in 2002, is a professional body and organisation with a growing international presence. As a private limited company, it operates as a learned society seeking to advance Human Givens knowledge and understanding in the field of mental health and psychotherapy.  It supports and promotes all aspects of Human Givens therapeutic practice including professional standards, continued professional development, research and the ethical behavior of its members. It holds an accredited voluntary register of qualified psychotherapists.

For more information about the human givens approach, visit:


The Human Givens Institute, Chalvington, East Sussex, BN27 3TD, UK.

Tel:  +44 (0)1323 811662  

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