According to Mental Health UK, the decline in people’s mental health is attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis. They are urging the Government to prioritize mental health.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that people in York rated their satisfaction with life at an average of 7.6, slightly lower than the previous year’s 7.7.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being “not at all” and 10 being “completely”, satisfaction levels across the UK have also decreased slightly to 7.5 following a post-pandemic increase in 2021/22.
Mental Health UK’s chief executive, Brian Dow, expressed that the pressures on people’s mental health in recent years have led to the decline in the nation’s mental well-being, exacerbated by the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis.
He also mentioned that the increase in anxiety levels is worrying and called for the Government to prioritize mental health, especially for young people.
The ONS figures show that anxiety levels in York have risen from 3.3 in March 2022 to 3.5 this year. Olly Parker, head of external affairs at YoungMinds, stated that the falling life satisfaction and increasing anxiety levels are deeply concerning and emphasized the need for early mental health support for young people.