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NEW SURVEY REVEALS MENTAL HEALTH IS THE BIGGEST CONCERN FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE FACE OF COVID-19

A new survey, conducted by The Diana Award to meet the emerging needs of young during the COVID-19 crisis, reveals 85% of young people and 98% of staff working with young people say mental health is a high priority.

22 April 2020

The lockdown has resulted in an increased exposure online with young people at home, away from school and their peers.

In light of this new context, these stats show that 80% of young people are concerned about staying safe online. In addition 73% of school staff report that family relationships are a high priority – particularly for those facing challenges or with special education needs.

Despite these findings, nearly three quarters (70%) of young people are more engaged than ever with social and community action saying it’s a high priority for them.

As a result of these findings The Diana Award is collaborating across their Award & Development, Anti-Bullying and Mentoring programmes to adapt their services.

“These findings show the urgent needs from young people, who, like the rest of society, are facing monumental changes in their lives. In the long-term they are likely to be the biggest victims of this crisis. Supporting them through a range of services, including those offered by The Diana Award, will be critical now and in the future to ensure they are not neglected. Across all surveyed, 91% said they would find our services helpful at this time.”

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive of The Diana Award

About the survey:

Between 27 March – 5 April 2020, The Diana Award surveyed young people and staff leads from our schools-based Anti-Bullying and Mentoring Programmes. We received 208 responses. We estimate that the responses from staff leads reflect the interests of at least 1500 young people who are supported by them.

To download and read the full report click here.

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