Lockdown may have eased compared to March 2020, but that doesn’t mean that we forgot about the massive burden the lockdown had on our lives… in particular to our mental health.
An article from the Independent newspaper has stated that almost 3 quarters of young people are feeling more anxious about their future as a result of the Coronavirus.
70% of 18-24 year olds are experiencing more anxiety than usual and 62% of young people felt lonely during lockdown. This is very worrying as mental health issues are not a new thing amongst young people; over the past 2 years the number of young people seeking help from child and adolescent mental health services in England has doubled.
A company who is taking strides to help young people with their mental health is Nominet, a profit with a purpose company, who launched the #RESET Mental Health Programme last year providing grants to a number of organisations that are focusing on increasing the reach and impact of mental health services for young people.
With 94% of 8-11 year olds and 99% of 12-25 year olds spending one or more hours a day online, this “tech for good” initiative is essential to improve the digital support services so that they’re available at the time, place and on the devices that they’re needed.
An organisation that Nominet is helping as part of the #RESET Mental Health Programme is Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. Young Minds support parents to help their children through difficult times, they equip professionals to provide the best support for young people and they empower young people to change the world.
Eartha Stasaityte sat down with Young Minds ambassador Lucas Chapman to talk about mental health during lockdown and the resources that could help you out!
Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.
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