Learnings from pandemic can help young people in Wales’ mental health and wellbeing in the future

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted every young person in Wales, although how young people’s mental wellbeing has been affected depends on a range of factors, according to a new Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) from Public Health Wales.

The findings highlight strong evidence that key building blocks for good mental health and wellbeing including, family and social relationships, education, economic security, access to services, participation in group activities, feeling safe and in control were all impacted during the pandemic.

The detailed report identifies a series of factors that helped protect young people’s mental health and wellbeing. These included, close relationships with parents, having secure housing with space to study and be outdoors, keeping in touch with friends and family, staying physically active, maintaining a routine and structure to the day, seeking help when needed, learning new skills, leisure and creative activities.

On September 8th, Public Health Network Cymru will host a webinar where the findings of the MWIA will be presented and discussed. You can find out more and register here.

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