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How is the Coronavirus Affecting Young People’s Mental Health?

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It is inevitable that the Coronavirus has affected millions – both men and women, young and old, physically and mentally. But, one thing that is for certain is if you are reading this – you are one of the lucky ones.

Not only is The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic the biggest health crisis for generations, it is also a mental health risk for our society. Unfortunately, there is no escaping it. Everybody is talking about it. The media reminds us of the harsh reality of what is happening globally.

Health and wellbeing concerns grow for young people.

The UK Government have taken appropriate measures to ensure optimum safety in order to save lives and slow down the spread of Covid-19. Following certain rules and practices may be especially hard for young people who are already struggling with their mental health, but it is essential to do.

The current pandemic is an uncertain time in all of our lives, and it is natural to feel a whirlwind of emotions. However, for young people across the globe, school closures, exam cancellations and a loss of routine adds to the pressure of their uncertain future ahead.

And, some may feel the strain more than others: pre existing conditions may trigger negative emotions, some children may be more vulnerable than others and may not have access to the same resources to other households.

Mental health statistics on young people

Research has displayed that in 2017, 1 in 18 (12.8%) of young people aged 5-19 have at least one mental disorder, so for those who are already battling with their mental health, keeping busy and positive may seem harder than ever.

Since the outbreak of the virus, the mental health charity YoungMinds carried out a study of 2,111 people aged under 25, all of which had a history of mental health needs. They were asked how the pandemic had affected them. Of the 83% who said the pandemic had made their mental health worse, 32% said it had made it “much worse” and 51% said it had made it “a bit worse”.

What next?

Advice for those already struggling is to stay active – follow the guidelines of an hour of exercise outside a day, maintain a connection with family and friends (even through social media), and stay on top of what you enjoy.

With the right help and support, the nation will get through this. It is important to remain positive and remember that this situation will pass in time.

If you are worried about your mental health, Humanosity urge you to visit: Mind.Org

Information regarding mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic was sourced from:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-52110460

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/what-new-statistics-show-about-childrens-mental-health

https://youngminds.org.uk/about-us/reports/coronavirus-impact-on-young-people-with-mental-health-needs/

https://beta.salford.ac.uk/news/coronavirus-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-wellbeing

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