Posted by Aston Avery

Professor Green on the hidden impacts of the cost of living crisis

New research released today highlights that more than a quarter (27%) of adults are struggling with their mental health because of the continuing cost-of-living crisis.

The number rises significantly in specific age groups, as 70% of 18-24-year-olds and 52% of 25-34-year-olds all indicate that their mental health has deteriorated with the climb in prices.

To battle the cost-of-living anxiety, two-thirds of people are now using less energy in a bid to reduce escalating household bills. Other tactics to lower outgoings include showering less (14%), not buying new clothes (40%), cancelling subscriptions (27%), limiting the use of household appliances (36%), and growing produce at home (20%).

With more than half (55%) of people believing their mental health would improve if they were more financially stable, the British Gas Energy Trust is rolling out its next phase of the British Gas Post Office Pop-Ups across the UK. Between September 2023 and March 2024, people can visit participating Post Offices across England, Scotland and Wales in areas with the highest need such as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Leicester – cities found by the research to be struggling the most with their mental health due to the cost-of-living crisis.

Aston spoke to musician Professor Green and Jessica Taplin, chief executive at British Gas Energy Trust.

Photo by Colin Watts on Unsplash

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