In many respects, the last eight months (and those to come) have been unusual and difficult. Fear of contracting COVID, health difficulties, frustration, disturbances, and social alienation have all been challenging. Many people were also required to flee their jobs, work longer hours in ways they weren’t used to, remain away from loved ones, and live life in a new way as a result of the lockdown.
While various quarantine measures were implemented to protect our health, the lockdown created a global disaster for people’s emotional well-being. In times of pandemic, an increasing number of people have experienced stress, blues, and difficulty maintaining their mental health. Google results for mental wellbeing have increased in recent months. According to a new study, although the elderly are the most lonely during the lockdown, the millennials and Gen Z are the most psychologically taxed.
As per a latest global health study conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO), one in every two young people was prone to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression, with more than 17 percent suffering as a result of COVID-19.
The research study were released in a report named ‘Youth and Covid-19: Impacts on Jobs, Education, Rights, and Mental Well-Being.’ Over 12,000 responses were received from 112 countries for the poll, with a substantial share coming from educated young and those with internet access. Individuals between the ages of 18 and 29 were asked to answer questions concerning work, education, mental health, and social well-being.
Individuals recorded more than one factor for an increase in mental health difficulties, according to poll results.
For the younger generation, a change in educational methods and perceived ambiguity rendered them vulnerable to worry. A months-long epidemic forced the closure of all schools, universities, companies, and recreational facilities. Many students were kept in the dark about their secondary ed and were forced to deal with the dangers of online classrooms and tests.
Job cuts and losses compounded the concerns of stress for individuals in their twenties and thirties. Working from home, working longer hours, and taking on new duties all contributed to many people experiencing signs of burnout, resulting in a significant mental health crisis. Working hours have been increased from nine to five five days a week to nine to nine six days a week.
Youngsters & Students : The most affected
Even if the lockdown provided numerous opportunities to develop new abilities and learn new things, distance learning proved difficult for young students preparing for higher education. According to the report’s results, a stunning 65 percent of young people reported learning less since the beginning of the epidemic as a result of the shift from classroom to online schooling. Along with this high school students as well as college undergraduates have been burdened with hundreds of assignments and weekly quizzes due to which most of them can’t sleep followed by anger & anxiety issues. The concept of ME-TIME has become extinct for these students.
Nearly half of the younger students indicated they were concerned about the pandemic delaying their education, and at least 9% were concerned about ‘failure’ in their examinations, which caused them to endure mental stress.
The survey also identified a clearly skewed disparity between males and women. Mental well-being was shown to be poor among young women, particularly those between the ages of 18 and 24.
According to the ILO report, if the difficulties are not addressed, the globe may endure an unparalleled health crisis long after the epidemic is over, which might impair quality of life and worsen elements that contribute to well-being.