The rate of depression among young people has risen considerably since the pandemic.
The ESRI has found over half of women who were 22 at the time were over the threshold for depression.
While from 2018 to 2020, the number of young men who were deemed to be depressed went from 22 per cent, to 40.
ESRI Research Professor Emer Smith says not being able to socialise, was one of many contributing factors.
Smith noted that participants of the study said that they missed out on social contact with their partners.
Also, the research found that it was more isolating to work remotely.
The impact of not having social interactions on a regular basis was highlighted by the survey's findings.
“Most (57 per cent) found it difficult to study while learning remotely and this was linked to a greater risk of depression”.
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