How Covid-19 has impacted mental health

Social distancing and the resultant homeworking has protected many from Covid-19 but has also given rise to adverse consequences. In this series, we share our own new research revealing how homeworking has impacted mental health and identifying the groups particularly at risk and the support employers can provide for their homeworkers.


Supporting mental wellbeing

Arwen Wilcock, Research Manager at The Institute of Leadership & Management, will discuss findings from our latest research survey about working at home during Covid-19. Arwen will talk about how home working during these unprecedented times has impacted on people’s mental health and wellbeing.



Abigail Hirshman

Abigail Hirshman is head of workplace mental health and wellbeing at Acas. Here, Abigail recently developed a new framework for tackling the causes and consequences of poor mental health, focusing on the different roles that employers, managers and individuals play in promoting positive mental health to create productive workplaces.

She has over 25 years’ experience in mental health which has helped form her unique perspective; she combines insights from her early career as a psychotherapist with her experience of working with large employers and key stakeholders advising on best practice in mental health and wellbeing. 

Abigail also sits on steering groups and advisory boards working with other professionals to develop policies and evidence-based guidance to help shape workplace practice.

Arwen Wilcock

Research Manager

Dr Arwen Wilcock is the Research Manager at The Institute of Leadership & Management. 

They are an experienced researcher, manager, trainer, teacher and facilitator with a passion for learning. Arwen is fascinated by the boundary between evidence, experience and intuition and is motivated by transitioning research into practice, through applying findings to their own work and helping others recognise where and how they can do the same.

Arwen recently achieved an MBA, has a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology and post graduate qualifications in education. They have built their experience working across a range of sectors during their varied career as a lab-based research scientist, secondary school science teacher and through leading a range of complex research and clinical innovation projects and programmes of work delivering change in the health and social care sector.


Kate Cooper

Head of Research, Policy and Standards

Kate shapes an innovative research programme at The Institute of Leadership & Management designed to inform, inspire and impact the practice of great leadership wherever it happens. Her role is informed by her career as a senior academic in a university business school, focusing on strategy, leadership and professional development. 

Kate is also a conference keynote speaker, internationally, and provides expert commentary on a range of topics arising from the Institute’s research agenda. She is regularly quoted in regional, national and international media, has appeared on both BBC television and radio, is a Forbes contributor and has a regular column in Dialogue Review, the business magazine for leaders.