• The article examines the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns on mental health, focusing on people aged 16-24.
• It highlights research showing an increase in anxiety, depression, and self-harm among this age group.
• It also discusses the need for further research into the long-term psychological effects of the pandemic.
The Impact of Lockdowns on Mental Health
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound effect on mental health around the world. This article focuses specifically on how lockdowns have affected young people aged 16 to 24, with a particular focus on anxiety, depression and self-harm.
Research conducted by King’s College London revealed that more than half of all young people experienced an increase in anxiety during lockdown, with 33% reporting feelings of depression. The same study also found that there was an increase in self-harm among young people during this period. While these findings are concerning, it is important to note that rates of mental illness were already relatively high among 16 to 24 year olds prior to the pandemic.
Long Term Effects
Many experts fear that the psychological effects of lockdown may linger long after restrictions are lifted. There is still a lack of data about what these long term effects may be; however, some researchers have speculated that they could include heightened levels of anxiety and depression as well as increased risk taking behaviour due to prolonged periods of social isolation and boredom.
It is clear from existing research that lockdown has had an adverse effect on mental health among young adults aged 16–24 years old. Further research is needed to better understand the potential long term implications for this age group so that appropriate interventions can be developed and implemented where necessary.
• Lockdown has had a significant impact on mental health in people aged 16–24 years old, including increased anxiety and depression levels as well as higher instances of self-harm reported during this period.
• There is limited data available about what potential longer terms effects may exist; however experts have speculated that they could include heightened levels of anxiety and depression as well as increased risk taking behaviour due to prolonged periods of social isolation and boredom.
• More research needs to be conducted into this area in order for appropriate interventions to be developed and implemented where necessary .