• Clodagh Meaney

Dramatic increase in number of young people struggling with mental health during COVID, survey shows

Under 25s are 37 percent more stressed than they were this time last year.

By Clodagh Meaney



There has been a dramatic increase in the number of young people struggling with mental health during COVID-19.

A recent survey by Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) has revealed that people under the age of 25 are experiencing increased levels of stress, anxiety and feelings of loneliness during the pandemic, compared to the same time last year.


45 percent of under 25s report being ‘often’ stressed and 42 percent as 'often' anxious. That's compared with figures of just 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively, during the same time in 2019.


Those polled are 32 percent more lonely than they were last year (2 percent.)


Isolation, examination stress, uncertainty and unemployment levels reported in the media in this age cohort are likely to be playing a part in these significantly raised numbers. 


Commenting on the results Lisa Molloy, CEO of the IACP said: “These are very concerning findings, professional counselling and psychotherapy sessions offer a safe, confidential place to talk to a trained professional about your feelings and concerns, and can play a very important role in supporting people through stressful and anxious periods in their lives."


" We have more than 4,500 professional IACP counsellors and psychotherapists working throughout the country and they can be contacted via the member directory on the IACP website.”


If you have been affected by any of the themes in this article, please reach out:

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