1 in 10 children and young people suffer from a mental health condition in the UK, with many going undiagnosed or untreated. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has left a long-lasting impact on everyone, but most especially young people, as 41% of students and young people now believe that their career goals and future life aspirations now seem impossible to achieve.
The hopelessness many young people have felt this past year has negatively impacted their motivation, with 1 in 2 young people admitting to feeling unmotivated to even carry out activities they usually enjoy.
How Has Mental Health in Young People Been Affected?
As mentioned above, the negative impact of lockdown has generated feelings associated with common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress. The pressures brought on by increasing demands for school work to stay on track whilst dealing with the day to day of a lockdown has contributed to 72% of young people feeling more stressed and anxious than usual.
The increased stress and anxiety, as well as the apparent lack of motivation and ability to believe in achieving life aspirations, is also said to be a key factor in 31% of young people experiencing symptoms of depression within the last 12 months.
Although optimism about the future still remains in government, the long term impacts this past year has had on the students and younger people, in general, cannot be underestimated. This is why we have decided to create a full in-depth student guide that is FREE to download.
The guide has been created with the sole purpose of bringing awareness to this issue to encourage more students and younger people to come forward if they’re struggling and seek help immediately.
View GuideStudent Guide to Managing Mental Health during COVID-19