Economic Inequality and the Mental Impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 has clearly had a disastrous impact on the mental health of individuals in the UK. The constant loneliness and minimal social interactions brought upon everyone each day for the months of lockdown have shown to increase the general populace‚’s anxiety levels, depression, loneliness etc. Of course, for humans, being social creatures, there are no-doubt biological factors influencing this increase, however, with any grand psychological change, environment plays a key role as well. It has been brought to light that The Mental Health Crisis of COVID-19 has affected people in poor socio-economic positions more, with those disadvantaged groups more likely to feel stressed and to report feeling suicidal. Which should be no surprise. Poorer people have less opportunity to be healthier than their wealthier counterparts, have more risk factors involved in their life, and are most likely stuck in a cycle of poverty, affecting their mental health, therefore their education, therefore their future socioeconomic status, thus their wellbeing. Every human deserves a happy and healthy life, and it is unfair of those to have had the misfortune of being born into a cycle of poverty to have to increasingly struggle more in the pandemic, for every human can be equally affected by the turmoil of being poor, yet there is still a wide gap of wealth between the richest and poorest in Britain. It is shown that poorer people have more chance of acquiring a mental illness due to their lack of better health, hereditary factors, lower involvement in their education, the toxic environment of abusive or depressed guardians and such, and it was clear from the start that the loneliness of the pandemic would badly affect the poorest people the most. The government must bridge this economic gap for a healthier and happier society!




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