30% of Irish people rate their well-being as 'low,' nine out of ten young people not happy 5 months ago

30% of Irish people rate their well-being as 'low,' nine out of ten young people not happy

Please excuse us for stating the obvious, but...

People are feel bad in Ireland.

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Data gathered by the Central Statistics Office, published on Wednesday 10 June, has revealed that 29.6% of Irish people rate the personal well-being as 'low' as of April this year. This is compared to 8.7% who said the same in 2018, marking an enormous downwards spiral.

The worst effects were seen in the youngest category, where just 10% of people between 18-34 would report their level of wellbeing as high — compared to 48.8% just two years ago.

Various metrics of wellness have fallen across the board, with satisfaction in personal relationships dipping from 60% to 42.4%.

The percentage of people feeling nervous some of the time (35%), or feeling downhearted and depressed some of the time (32.4%), has doubled in the past two years. Over a quarter of all Irish people report being lonely either some or all of the time, compared to 17% two years ago.

The Covid-19 lockdown measures have also seen major changes in terms of behaviour and consumption. For example, tobacco consumption is up by 30.5% of respondents since restrictions were put in place, and has only fallen for 8% of smokers. Junk food consumption is also up among 45% of participants, and down for just 12%.

Major concerns reported by respondents included their own health, someone else's health, interrupted education and maintaining social ties.

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However, when asked to rate their level of compliance with government guidelines on Covid-19, answers were very positive.

The mean score for compliance with government advice and guidelines was 9.2.  Four in five (80.6%) of respondents rated their compliance with government advice as high, less than one in five (18.4%) rated their compliance as medium with less than 1% of respondents rating their compliance as low.

The report can be accessed in full here.