Bassetlaw people feeling less and less satisfied following coronavirus pandemic
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Across the UK, happiness levels recovered from a pandemic dip in 2020-21, but remained down on 2019-20, with Mental Health UK warning successive lockdowns and now the cost-of-living crisis have disrupted people's happiness.
Office for National Statistics figures show the average person in Bassetlaw answered the question “how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?” at 7.2 out of 10 in the year to March, where one is “not at all” and 10 is “completely”.
This is down from 7.3 the year before and continues the consistent fall throughout the pandemic period, with satisfaction levels at 7.8 in 2019-20.
Across the UK, satisfaction levels have rebounded in the last year, though have still not recovered following the pandemic, sitting at 7.5, up from 7.4 in 2020-21 but below 7.7 in the year to March 2020.
Mental Health UK said it is encouraging to see people's wellbeing start to improve across the country after the “seismic shocks of the pandemic”, but warned more must still be done to combat poor wellbeing in society, especially during the soaring cost of living.
Brian Dow, charity chief executive, said: “It is clear we have not rebounded back to where we were and the pressures of the cost-of-living crisis should serve as a reminder of the range of factors that influence our wellbeing, and reinforce that mental health needs to remain a consistent priority.
“While so much in life can feel out of our control, it is vital people know the signs of poor mental health and are supported to help prioritise their wellbeing if they’re struggling, with access to professional support if they need it.”
Happiness levels were also up nationally – from 7.3 to 7.5 – while people generally felt less anxious, with the average rating falling from 3.3 to 3.1.
In Bassetlaw, the average person was equally as happy in 2021-22 as the year previous, with happiness ratings sitting at 7.3, but anxiety levels rose from 3.2 to 3.5.
Feelings that things in life are worthwhile also increased across the country, though still remain below pre-pandemic levels.
People living in Bassetlaw rated their life as worthwhile at 7.7 out of 10 – below 8.1 in 2019-20.