In early 2020, just prior to the onset of the global pandemic, iheart received a grant from the National Lottery to strengthen our research and evaluation process and help build the evidence base for the efficacy of our programmes. iheart used part of the funding to engage Youthsight, the largest research agency in the UK specialising in young people, whose fieldwork was carried out during the uncertainty of Covid19, including a second lockdown in England and the rise of the second wave. According to Youthsight’s research, “83% of young people have said that the pandemic has made their mental health worse. At this time, schools were facing increasing pressure to close their doors yet again, just as they had reopened. During such unprecedented times, we would therefore expect young peoples’ mental health to deteriorate, so ensuring mental health mains stable at such a challenging time is of great value and would be a very positive result right now.”
Against this backdrop, iheart was extremely proud of the study’s results which underline the impact of our work at a time when there has been significant reported deterioration in young people’s mental health. The report has identified how pupils have gone through a turbulent year and have faced uncertainty about their future throughout the period in which this research was conducted. In such trying times, the report describes how iheart has proved itself as a successful preventative programme, by preventing young peoples’ wellbeing from negatively spiralling, and in some cases, has returned mental health levels back to pre-pandemic levels. “This level of resilience in pupils as a result of the programme is a huge success given the challenges we are currently facing.”
Following are some key report highlights for young people:
- Positive emotions and ability to manage emotions have remained high post-programme.
- Pupils feel iheart has helped them with their confidence, problem-solving and ability to remain calm.
- Despite the prolonged upheaval of Covid-19, pupils are still motivated to do well in school.
- Pupils are more likely to be very good at working together with others, even those that they don’t agree with.
- Pupils feel empowered in their ability to access their resilience during these times.
Download the full iheart programme evaluation report by Youthsight