COVID-19: one in four young people feel unable to cope

Date: 28th January 2021
Category: Mental health, COVID-19

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A survey of 2,180 young people aged 16 to 25 has revealed a quarter feel "unable to cope with life" since the start of the pandemic, increasing to 40% among those not in work, education or training.

The results show more young people are feeling anxious than ever in the 12-year history of the Index.

Additional findings include:

  • Half of participants reported worsening mental health.
  • Almost a quarter (23%) do not feel confident about their future work
  • More than half (54%) say it is harder to ask for employment help as "everyone needs it at the moment".
  • For young people who are not in work, education or training, nearly half (48%) say they "can’t see an end" to their unemployment and 65% agree that the longer they are jobless, the worse they feel about themselves.

Read the findings in full here.