The Prince’s Trust Tesco Youth Index 2021 reveals the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on young people’s mental health in the UK.
The research indicates that while the pandemic has taken its toll on young people’s mental health and wellbeing, many are also more motivated than ever to make a positive change for their future.
• Three-quarters of young people (74 per cent) agree that “my generation can change our future for the better”
• Two-thirds (66 per cent) say the political events of the year have made them want to fight for a better future, with more than half (58 per cent agreeing that they are “more motivated than ever”.
• Young people cite Black Lives Matter as the issue they have been most motivated by in the past year, followed by movements to tackle climate change
• Despite this motivation, some feel that their voices aren’t being heard. Over a third of young people (37 per cent) feel powerless to change their own future and nearly one in three (31 per cent) think that their opinions on issues don’t matter.
Read the full report here