Has your mental health been better or worse during lockdown?


22nd May 2020

A NEW report from the World Health Organization, published during Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May), has revealed that young people’s mental wellbeing got worse in many countries between 2014-2018.

The report, led by researchers at the University of Glasgow and the University of St Andrews, looked at 227,441 schoolchildren aged 11, 13 and 15 from 45 European countries.

They discovered that, although lots of young people in Scotland, Wales and England are generally satisfied with their lives, sleep difficulties and social and emotional difficulties, such as feeling low and nervous, are on the rise.

Compared to other countries, young people in the UK are also more likely to worry about their weight. It was also found that school-related stress was particularly high among 15-year-olds across the UK, with three-quarters reporting high levels of pressure from schoolwork.

Poor mental health can affect all of us at some point, which is why it’s so important to have services to help people. One of these is a 24-hour text service called ‘SHOUT’, which is run by almost 2,000 volunteers.

For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to some of those volunteers, and thanked them for all their hard work since the service launched last year.

Has your mental health been better or worse during lockdown?


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arya · 1 year ago

First to comment! 😁

arya · 1 year ago

Wow at the time the vote is 50/50. I voted better because It is less stressful trying to rush to school in the morning and you are more relaxed

cakelover1 · 1 year ago

before it was easier but now because of what is happening to the SATs I'm getting worried about them and imreally scared about my high school when i get there and if i will be in a good level for my age

fluffycat4 · 1 year ago

I feel better as we have no rush to do things and I can take my time on my work. Also if I finish early I can relax and go in my pool.

rainbow8 · 1 year ago

I feel worse because I have a brother who is quite annoying. I also don't like getting headaches after being in the sun to long!
#second to comment

ljay · 1 year ago

3 rd to comment

ljay · 1 year ago

I miss my friends and teachers and It’s my last year at primary school (year6) .I also need time away from my siblings . They make my choice easy

ebeezo · 1 year ago


lune · 1 year ago

My mental health has been worse during lockdown because i don’t get that much exercise as normal life and I don’t feel that happy everyday now due to close people falling ill. I think life and health was way better in normal life.

books128 · 1 year ago

this is actually really difficult, but I voted worse because you can't go and do the things that you really love, like tennis, or have school lessons online or on your own instead of the teacher actually being there to help you (no offence parents, you're great but it's not the same.)

sambrophy · 1 year ago

I think my mental health has been worse because I haven't been socially interacting with others, and I haven't interacted with nature that much.

plane · 1 year ago

Personally, it is a matter of personal opinion and the situation you are facing- still going to school or home learning. Though the mental health is better as school hours have decreased for both key worker children and home schoolers. This means you don't need to rush each time.

ravioli · 1 year ago

It is all just more relaxed at home. You don’t have to stress about anything like going to school, you never have any deadlines to worry about, and you have your family with you all the time. If I have any problems I can just ask my parents, which is more comfortable than asking my schoolteachers. I‘m finding plenty of things to do as well.

5honypony · 1 year ago

Hmmm.... tricky. I think I am BORED nearly every day. I do get worried every so often, but not a lot. I think my mental health is the slightest bit worse, but not a distinctive amount!

lilyjenkie · 1 year ago

I think I'm finding it harder to sleep and school work is very different as I still gets a huge amount of it. I am finding that I spend more time in my room and so I have even less interaction than I could and it causes me to live inside my head a lot more. I also find that as I am doing a lot less exercise I worry about my health and weight a little more.

izzie99 · 1 year ago

At first I wasn’t worried but I am now scared for my loved ones and close relatives and am fearful of spreading the virus. I am also scared because the number of deaths is getting higher every day and every time someone in my house goes out shopping, I am scared for that person, whether it be my mum or dad. It is just a very frightening time but I know that we will get through this together. Keep calm and read First News!

marmoty100 · 1 year ago

I said the same because I do the same stuff and do lots of work at the time I'm meant to so like school!

arya · 1 year ago

I voted on my computer at first and there were only two options! 🤔
Now there's three so this time I voted it hasn't really changed

oceangirl · 1 year ago

It feels worse because I cannot see my friends and most of my family face to face, and when I see them, I want to give them a big hug, but I can’t do that because of coronavirus

dragon13 · 1 year ago

It feels better as I am getting more sleep and feel more relaxed about my schoolwork, with less homework and more free time.

fishingpod · 1 year ago

I actually feel better!

sloth-love · 1 year ago

For me, it has been ALOT worse as I get anxious really easily and love a routine.

5honypony · 1 year ago

I also think that First News should have an advice column where people anonymously send in problems, and they answer one per week!

lottiesc15 · 1 year ago

My mental health has been Worse

opalstar · 1 year ago

I am in yr 4 so it is not as bad for me I feel really sorry for those people in yr 6 cause it is their last year and it is not normal. I voted worse because you can't relax without knowing you can't hug or see your friends . We might all be in different schools but we know what it is like

bench · 1 year ago

5honypony, that's a great idea!

cocopoppy · 1 year ago

5honypony, that is the BEST idea!!!
Hopefully the read all these comments and consider taking in the idea! 😯😄

cupcakesxo · 1 year ago

It hasn’t changed 😬😬😬😬😬

redpupblup · 1 year ago

It feels worse as I am feeling anxious

backbender · 1 year ago

I don’t think that my mental health has changed during lockdown! ❤️😎

737rocks · 1 year ago

Not being at school means that you don't see your friends, and you don't get the validation that you are doing OK.

beabopper · 1 year ago

all the stress! XD

lindawalla · 1 year ago

It feels better cause I haven’t had classes to worry about and I have been getting more time to have calming activities and to read

bamboomilk · 1 year ago

My mental health has been getting worse and worse. I miss my friends and I keep getting upset at least twice a week, unlike before when I had only, very occasionally, cried from being sad. I used to never cry except from when I was injured.

bamboomilk · 1 year ago

My mental health has been getting worse and worse. I miss my friends and I keep getting upset at least twice a week, unlike before when I had only, very occasionally, cried from being sad. I used to never cry except from when I was injured.

bamboomilk · 1 year ago

Oops, I did the same comment twice, my bad.

musiclovr · 1 year ago

Mine feels better because I didn't have to worry about people judging me and I could just have fun with my family.

smartirl · 1 year ago

Worse. I feel depressed, no friends next to me

pizza9910 · 1 year ago

It feels way worse!! 😟 😥 😬 😟 😥 😬

news54321 · 1 year ago

It is hard to cope through such strange times.

agysens · 1 year ago

The only thing that has made me hate screens is that when I was being home-schooled, my head ached.

codonnell · 1 year ago

I'm really worried about going into my last year at primary school and I will have missed out on most of my learning and I'm super nervous but happy to get back to school. But if there is a second wave like people are always saying, I'll get back into the routine and then we will be in lockdown for another 3/4 months and I couldn't stand it if that happened.

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crystalx27 · 1 year ago

Worse for me, I just find it difficult now that everything is all laid back and I am struggling so much to stay on top of everything because the teachers are having to make rough guesses on how long the set tasks are going to take, meaning some of my lessons take a lot longer than others. However it is nice to not worry about getting any detentions. Also, I don't have to line up at the mile-long school dinner queue! :)

lollipop33 · 1 year ago

Much worse. I know lockdown is really important and helps everyone, but I HATE it.

emilynight · 12 months ago

Don’t know don’t have it

badgehuff · 11 months ago

My mental health has been the same during lockdown and the bonus is I can take more time on my work.