A new study by Lowell has revealed that 31% of children in the United Kingdom suffer with feelings of anxiety.
The study conducted by credit management company Lowell has revealed the current state of children’s mental health and anxiety in the UK. 1,500 children between the ages of 6 and 16 were surveyed, revealing how poverty and Covid-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health.
31% of children in the UK are suffering from anxiety, the study found. When asked about what is concerning them the most, 57% said schoolwork, 23% were worried about the financial capacity of their parents, and 15% the affordability of food.
Poverty is playing a role
Children from low-income backgrounds are more at risk of suffering mental health and anxiety issues in the long-term.
The use of food banks saw a drastic increase between April 2019 and March 2020. According to the Lowell study, 45% of children in households who have used food banks are suffering from anxiety.
The role Covid-19 has played
Lowell’s study also explored how the pandemic has impacted teenagers. The study found that 73% of teenagers had said that the pandemic had caused them to worry more, particularly when it comes to education and socialising.
Upon the announcement of school exams being cancelled this academic year and that coursework will be student’s calculated outcome for final grades, the Lowell study revealed this to be another impacting factor on teenagers mental health.
60% of teenagers feel anxious about school work due to the pandemic and a further 55% are worried about their grades.
John Pears, Lowell UK Managing Director said: “During this time of global instability, many people are anxious about a number of things. As a parent myself, I find it very upsetting to think that children are worrying about anything, let alone family finances,”
*Lowell surveyed 1500 children between the dates 19/01/2021-22/01/2021 via onepoll*