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More than half of young people in the South Lakes have ‘poor’ mental health, MP’s survey reveals

January 19, 2021 9:45 AM

More than half of young people in South Lakeland have described their mental health as 'poor', according to a brand-new survey conducted by local MP Tim Farron.

The online survey of more than 1,600 South Lakes residents also found that more than 7 in 10 people aged 19 or younger said that their mental health is worse than this time last year, with many referencing the stress of exams and their inability to plan for the future.

The group who say they are struggling with their mental health the most are males aged 20-29 with nearly 6 in 10 (59%) describing their mental health as 'poor' and more than 7 in 10 (72%) describing their mental health as worse than this time last year, citing increased pressure at work, relationship breakups and not being able to see friends.

Meanwhile, more than 4 in 10 (42%) of those aged 70 and over said their mental health is worse than this time last year due to losing loved ones, feeling isolated and having anxiety of catching COVID-19.

In total, more than 6 in 10 (62%) people who completed the survey of all ages say their mental health is worse than this time last year.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Tim said: "These deeply alarming results are further evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a devastating mental health crisis that is disproportionately hitting young people the hardest.

"Many say that they feel the pandemic has led to them feeling stressed, anxious and depressed with some even mentioning thoughts of self-harm and suicide.

"Thankfully support is out there with wonderful organisations like the Samaritans who are just a phone call away for anyone who is struggling.

"But charities can't do it all on their own. We need our NHS to be given the money, staff and resources it needs to be there for everyone who is having a mental health crisis."