Living in Lockdown: Key findings from week 2
Whilst some of us are entering our second month of lockdown, our unique insight project, Living in Lockdown is in its second week. And already, we’ve discovered how feelings have shifted amongst the panel of 16-25 year olds we’re working with to share their thoughts and fears around what’s happening now – as well as their hopes for the future. Here are the highlights.
The impact on wellbeing
Unsurprisingly, more people are feeling the mental toll of lockdown:
- Almost two thirds are feeling more frustrated and restless than last week.
- Around half are feeling more lonely, worried, and stressed – and less healthy.
- People still working (whether part or full time) still feel more supported compared to those in education.
- That said, some employed people feel lonelier too.
There are mixed feelings on how people think the UK government have handled the crisis compared to other countries:
- Many respondents acknowledged we’re in an unprecedented situation, and whilst the government were initially slow to react, they’ve since handled things well.
- There are still concerns over lack of PPE though.
- Most people think New Zealand have handled the pandemic best – mostly down to their proactive, quick response and clear direction from government.
- Some also favour Germany, due to their swift response and low death rates.
One thing we do know is that lockdown will end. And when it does, our panel want to see some permanent changes made to the way we live. These include:
- More flexible working and less travel.
- Improved public hygiene.
- Fewer activities that cause damage to the environment.
- Greater recognition for people in healthcare and care roles.
- A continuation of the community spirit we’re seeing.
As the project continues, we’ll keep the updates and comparisons coming each week. So, if there’s anything in particular you’d like us to ask the panel, just let us know – or if you’d like more detail on any of the findings so far, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Rachel Ditchfield (email@example.com), the lead in our research team. She’ll be more than happy to consider your ideas and shed more light on any results for you.
In 2020, a lot has changed for all of us. And there’s a group of 16-25 year olds who are particularly concerned about university, training, or developing their career. At SMRS, we can’t make PPE. But we do excel in connecting and communicating with people. So, to do our bit, we’ve created Living in Lockdown – a research project focused on an online community of 16-25 year olds who are sharing their thoughts each week. We’re helping to connect, reassure, and support them through discussions, Q&As, webinars and advice. You can find all the weekly findings here.