Generation Scotland

What is CovidLife?

We’ve designed surveys to understand the effects of the COVID-19 measures on people’s health and well-being. Find out more about our surveys here.

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is on everyone’s minds. The rules are changing over time until the pandemic is in check. Every person and each household will experience the effects differently. Some will cope well, others won't. For this reason, we felt it was important to understand the full impact of the pandemic. 

Long-term, we want to understand how people are feeling and coping with the impact of COVID-19 . We share our results as widely as possible and encourage researchers to use our data. Our results can help support future research and inform and influence health policy.


Similarly, we invited young people to take part in TeenCovidLife . We invited young people aged 12-17, living in Scotland, to take part. We wanted to know how the pandemic had affected their school and home life. You can find our first set of results here:

TeenCovidLife: The results are in

We also released a second survey to see if there were any changes over time and the results can be found in the link below:

TeenCovidLife: Survey 2 Results

The first and second surveys are closed. However, we're now inviting anyone in Scotland, aged 12-17, to take part in our third survey! If you gave us an email in our first or second survey, you should have had an invite to survey 3. This is a personal link. It will make the survey shorter.  If you didn't receive this link, please email us at

If you didn't give us your email, or didn't take part in survey 1 or 2, you can still join. If you're aged 12-17, living in Scotland, you can take part by clicking the link below:

Join TeenCovidLife 3


We invited people across the UK, over the age of 18, to take part in the CovidLife survey. They were asked questions about the impact the pandemic had on their life. The survey included questions on education, mental health, well-being and more. You can see a summary of the main findings here:

Initial results of CovidLife survey released

We then released a second survey for volunteers to answer, to see if there'd been any changes in opinion over time. All CovidLife surveys are closed. We hope to publish the results of the second and third survey soon.


RuralCovidLife was created to understand how COVID-19 measures affected the health and well-being of people living in rural Scottish communities. The questions were tailored and designed by people from rural communities. We did this to make sure we asked about topics relevant to our volunteers. Our results have been published here:

Rural voices heard as first RuralCovidLife results published

This survey is now closed.

COVID-19 Support

If you need any support during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find the collection of support links below helpful to you:

Useful COVID-19 support links