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Reform Magazine | December 1, 2023

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It’s time to talk: Youth, covid and mental health

It’s time to talk: Youth, covid and mental health

In the second of a series of articles looking at factors impacting on mental health, Laurence Wareing explores the impact of Covid on younger people, and asks where they go from here

Stress and anxiety are not intrinsically bad for us, says Dr David Crepaz-Keay, Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion for the Mental Health Foundation (MHF). A certain level of worry helps keep us safe – during the pandemic it has ensured many of us have been careful about mask wearing, hand washing and other precautions.

Nevertheless, it is also true that anxiety can get out of hand, and the impact on the mental health of individuals and communities during the Covid pandemic has been well documented. To take one snapshot: by June 2020, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets 63% of residents were recording a negative impact of the pandemic on their mental health. In addition, it was clear that other factors were associated with deteriorating mental health – low income, social housing, a BAME background, for example. Throughout the UK, existing inequalities, and cracks in the good functioning of society, were spotlighted under the glare of Covid….

Laurence Wareing is Content Editor for Reform


This is an extract from an article published in the April 2022 edition of Reform

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