In this crisis, government must engage with young people about our health

Harry, age 19 

I am not representative of all young people. Often, we hear the category of ‘young people’ used to describe all 19,760,000 people under the age of twenty-five who are currently living in the UK. I want to challenge that idea. If there’s one thing that you take away from this post, let it be these next few words: young people are not all the same. We each have our own needs, and as a result we need different types of support.

So, why am I telling you this? Well, while I may be able to largely manage my anxieties and fears, the reality for many young people is that they cannot. Between March 20th (when schools closed) and March 25th (when restrictions were tightened), Young Minds found that 83% of young people said their mental health had worsened as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. While this may be in part down to the loss of routine and lack of face-to-face contact, a lack of clear, public health messaging aimed at children and young people must be considered as a contributing factor too. 

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