Anxiety increased the most in young people during the pandemic
Young people reported higher levels of anxiety at the beginning of the pandemic and the first lockdown, says a recent study.
The 27 to 29-year-old participants of the study suffered an increase in anxiety due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This increase went from 13 per cent to 24 per cent.
In this study on mental health during the pandemic, researchers also found that certain groups were at greater risk of increased anxiety and or depression during the pandemic, in both the younger and older generations.
These groups included people who lived alone, people who were self-isolating due to the pandemic, people who were facing recent financial issues, people with pre-existing mental or physical conditions, and women.
However, the healthcare and key workers that were part of this study did not show any evidence of an increased risk of anxiety or depression.
Due to these continued effects of the coronavirus pandemic on people’s wellbeing, mental health advocates are calling upon the UK Government to act and prioritise mental wellbeing support in the New Year.
To ensure this support, advocates state that the Government needs to provide a suitable amount of funding to lessen the risk of worsened mental health issues in the coming year.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists commented on this issue:
“We know that there are three very well-known risk factors for both depression and suicide, and, unfortunately, Covid, and the restrictions that have been associated with them, and the outcome of those, have increased those risk factors.”