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Survey shows the effect Covid-19 has had on people’s wellbeing

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picture of a woman with her head in her hands with a mobile phone, face mask, box of tissues and instagram logo around her Image credit: edition.cnn.com

An annual survey has revealed young people and women have struggled the most with their mental health through the pandemic.

The YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project surveyed people from 27 countries and concluded the younger generation found lockdown tougher than their elders.

A total of 47 per cent of participants aged between 18 and 24 in France said their wellbeing has been affected because of the pandemic compared to 25 per cent aged 55 or over.

The results were similar in other countries, in Britain 50 per cent of young people suffered with mental health over the past twelve months in comparison to 25 per cent of those aged 55 or over, in Spain and Italy the figures were 51 per cent to 39 per cent, Mexico 41 per cent to 18 per cent, Sweden 42 per cent to 19 per cent and Australia 51 per cent to 28 per cent.

Most people outside Europe said one of their main concerns was finance and women were more likely to have suffered because of the pandemic to men.

In Britain 55 per cent of women reported mental health problems compared to 36 per cent of men and 42 per cent in comparison to 60 per cent in Spain.

Only 22 per cent of people in the UK said the pandemic had hit their personal finance, 27 per cent in France, 24 per cent in Germany, 27 per cent in the US and 29 per cent in Australia.

But in other parts of the world many were struggling with money problems, including Spain (40%), Italy (43%), Greece (50%), Hungary (46%), Poland (38%), Brazil (54%), Thailand (68%), Kenya (75%), and South Africa (59%).

When asked if the pandemic had made them worry about money at least 70 per cent of people in Greece, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Kenya and South Africa said finance problems had been on their mind but only 31 per cent in the UK, Sweden (24%) and Denmark (15%).

In Spain 44 per cent said the pandemic had affected their mental health, Italy (47%), Greece (58%), Brazil (46%), Japan (45%) and Thailand (61%).

The survey also found the pandemic brought more family and friends closer together.