Most young people 'worried about coronavirus impact'

Almost every young person is worried about the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on their future, poll suggests

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Coronavirus: Most young people in Scotland are worried about the impact the pandemic is having on their futures, poll shows

Almost all of Scotland's youth are concerned about the impact of coronavirus on their futures, according to a new study.

In research commissioned by the Scottish Youth Parliament, 96 per cent of young people said they were worried about the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on their futures.

The survey of 2,400 young people also showed that 49 per cent were concerned about exams and coursework, and 61 per cent did not know where to access information on financial support.

Mental health was also a major worry during the lockdown, with 77 per cent saying they were concerned and 40 per cent unsure of where they could get help.

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Jack Dudgeon, chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, said: "Young people need reassurance that their life opportunities are not at risk.

Coronavirus: Young people 'fear for their futures'

"Before the pandemic, we already knew that young people were battling a mental health epidemic, with rates of depression and anxiety skyrocketing.

"The findings from [the survey] Lockdown Lowdown reveal that 40 per cent are moderately to extremely concerned about their own mental wellbeing."

He added: "With their democratic mandate, members of the Scottish Youth Parliament will work with decision-makers for the benefit of young people's futures in the context of Covid-19."

Tim Frew, chief executive of YouthLink Scotland, the national youth work agency, said: "The findings of the survey echo much of what we hear from youth workers across Scotland.

"Many young people are anxious about what life is like now and what it will be like post-lockdown, and the impact of social isolation on their mental health and wellbeing.

"It is not just the actions as a society we take now that will be crucial, young people deserve a commitment to the continuity of the services that support them post-Covid-19."

Louise Macdonald, chief executive of youth information and citizenship charity Young Scot, said: "It's no surprise that young people can feel overwhelmed or scared by everything they're hearing about Covid-19, and the results of Lockdown Lowdown give us vital insight into what they are experiencing right now.

"At Young Scot, we will not waver from our commitment to young people and will continue to work tirelessly to provide relevant and accessible daily digital information.

"This will ensure that young people have all the information they need to make informed decisions and choices during these unsettling times."

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