A survey released this month by the Office of National Statistics showed that the group of people who suffered most with depression during Lockdown 3.0 were young women.
Four in ten woman aged between 16 and 29 reported suffering with feelings of depression, compared with 26% of men in the same age bracket, according to the ONS. To put things in perspective, pre-pandemic, the average percentage for those in the UK suffering with depression was at 10%.
Lockdown 3.0 (also known as the ‘second wave’ which is between January and March 2021) also saw more people reporting symptoms of depression than any other period throughout the pandemic.
And, just FYI, symptoms of depression include things such as a lack of energy, poor appetite, sleeping problems, feeling down and feeling hopeless.
There were also huge increases in depression for disabled people and those living in the most deprived areas of the country, and health experts have said things like illness, job losses and isolation are all possible causes for the rise. Which, let’s be honest, is not at all shocking.
The results came from a study of 25,935 adults who were asked eight questions about their feelings.
When The Leopard asked you guys via an Instagram Stories poll how you’d found your mental health throughout the pandemic, 87% of you told us you’d absolutely felt a shift. And of those of you who had felt a change, 69% said it had been in a negative way. But many of you had also DM’d us to say that the loosening of restrictions had also made you feel lighter and more hopeful.
The ONS survey also found that despite the sharp rise in depressive symptoms in adults in Britain (overall, the figure had doubled from 10% to 20%), there was actually less people seeking help from their GP – likely because they didn’t want to place additional pressure on the NHS.
We’re sending love to those who need it, but also reminding you that there’s an online depression and anxiety self-assessment via the NHS here and you can find out about emergency mental health advice via Mind right here.