UK’s cost of living crisis damaging mental health of nearly half of adults
The cost of living crisis is damaging the mental health of nearly half of adults in Britain, with people in Wales the unhappiest of all, according to research.
In Wales, 61% of adults said their current financial situation was damaging their mental health, compared with 48% of people in Scotland and 47% in England, according to YouGov research for Business in the Community (BITC).
Comparable research suggests that the mental health of working adults in Britain has plummeted since 2020, when only 35% of people in Wales and Scotland and 36% of people in England said their financial situation was having a negative impact on their mental health.
When the survey asked respondents across Great Britain if they were worried about paying bills in the next six months, 64% of adults in Wales agreed, while the figures for England and Scotland were 53% and 54% respectively.
In England, people in the east Midlands (57%), Yorkshire and the Humber, and the south-west (56%) were the most worried about paying their bills, compared with 49% of adults in London.