Findings from the Covid Social Mobility and Opportunities Study (COSMO) show that 44% of year 13 students are classified as “experiencing high psychological distress” post-pandemic.
The on-going cohort study involves more than 11,500 year 13 students, who are now aged 17 and 18.
Of these young people, 25% said they have sought some form of mental health support in the previous 12 months. However, of this number 35% were either on a waiting list or had yet to receive support.
The situation is worse for those young people living in the most deprived areas of the country. Of this cohort, 39% said they were still on waiting lists or waiting for support to materialise.
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