The pandemic could have a lasting impact on young people’s mental health, warns charity

23 July 2021

A poll of more than 4000 eight- to 24-year-olds across the UK suggests the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people could still be worsening a year after the pandemic started.

Between 28 April and 10 May, respondents were asked how they were feeling now compared with before the pandemic. 

More than half of 16- to 24-year-olds said they were feeling stressed (58%), worried (54%), sad (52%) and lonely (56%) more now than before the pandemic. 

Few young adults reported feeling less so (11% or under) now than before the pandemic.

Younger children seemed to fare better, but almost a third of eight- to 15-year-olds said they were feeling more stressed and worried now.

Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said: ‘Barnardo’s has consistently warned that the negative effects of the pandemic could last a lifetime if children [and] young people don’t have the right support.

‘Our survey adds further weight to the argument that children must be front and centre of the government’s plans for the post-Covid period.’

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