Lack of money fuelling loneliness among young people, study suggests

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Any youth say that not having money to participate in activities is having a negative impact on how lonely they feel, research shows.

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A survey of 2,000 people aged 10 to 25 by the Co-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation, found that 95% said they feel lonely, an increase of 6% over the past 12 months.

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More than half described themselves as lonely and said how they felt about not being able to participate in activities.

The charity said it raises concerns about how the cost of living crisis will affect young people in the coming months.

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Only one in four respondents said they believe youth loneliness is treated seriously by society, and two thirds of lonely youth said that feeling lonely reduces their confidence in themselves.

The co-op takes its Lonely Not Alone campaign forward with the aim of helping youth share stories of loneliness.

Nick Crofts, chief executive officer of the Co-op Foundation, said: “The cost of living crisis is another blow to young people who have suffered so much over the past two years.

“Youth will need help from parents, guardians, teachers and employers alike as the UK tightens its purse strings through a tough winter.

“I hope that youth in the digital universe communities can be an additional source of support to promote mental well-being and help combat loneliness. Young people may be lonely, but they are not alone.”

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