Delhi, Guwahati top TRA’s mental wellbeing index during Covid-19

TRA Research, a consumer insights and brand analytics company, released a whitepaper on 26 June 2020 tracking the mental wellbeing of citizens across urban India during the lockdown period. The survey was conducted across 16 cities between 23 March and 21 May 2020. The study measured health worry, economy worry, family worry and financial worry of citizens and their ability to cope with them.

03 Jul 2020 | By Dibyajyoti Sarma

The demographic pattern of the mental wellbeing index (MWBI) shows that citizens of Delhi (NCR) and Guwahati display the highest mental strength in their ability to cope with their anxieties since the Coronavirus spread started in India. Hyderabad had 87% mental wellbeing index score displaying ‘excellent’ mental ability. Indore and Chandigarh, both at 78% are rated ‘very good’ on mental wellbeing.

However in the South, most cities showed greater vulnerability in coping with their covid worries with Chennai having the lowest MWBI score at 43% followed closely by Kochi at 45%. Nagpur was also in the same range with a 44% score.

Speaking about report N Chandramouli, CEO, TRA Research, said, "Research shows that mental wellbeing impacts people’s coping effectiveness, relationships, performance, mood, emotional balance, and also physical health. The necessity of measuring mental wellbeing is crucial as the most important indicator of how people, cities and countries may get impacted when faced with such a severe crisis, and how they emerge in its wake.”

He added, “The sharpening coronavirus curve, a long-drawn lockdown, with related health, economic and financial insecurities have pushed Indian citizens into a wave of mental wellbeing anxieties without enough coping mechanisms. Mental wellbeing is ‘bi-directional’, implying that mental illnesses are not merely consequences of the pandemic, but an inability to deal with them effectively can lead to a greater collective impact of the disease.”

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