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Global mental wellbeing study to demonstrate impact of pandemic and inform support for research sector

MEDIA RELEASE: 1 June 2020: MRS, the Insights Association (IA) in the US and The Research Society in Australia have launched a unique international initiative to examine mental wellbeing in market and social research, supported by insight agency Opinium.

The survey results will bring to life the varied impact of the coronavirus crisis across three countries, highlight how workplaces can support people working in market research and shape guidance on how mental health wellbeing support can be improved.  The more people who take part, the more comprehensive the analysis and recommendations will be.

Those working within the market and social research sector in the UK are encouraged to take part in the survey before 11 June. The research is being conducted in accordance with the MRS Code of Conduct 2018 and the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and a summary of the results will be published on the MRS website.

Elissa Molloy, CEO of The Research Society, comments: “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the research and insights sector with a range of challenges. One is managing the disruption to the traditional workplace as we pivot to ‘new normal’ working and office arrangements. Gaining an understanding of how the crisis has impacted the mental health and wellbeing of the sector will inform how we move forward to create new work environments to best support our people. It will also assist in breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues. We are pleased to be working with our partners on this project.”

See the full MRS press release here.

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