Anxiety nation?

Think tank: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Author(s): Tom Clark; Andrew Wenham

November 10, 2022

This report from UK think tank the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at economic insecurity and mental distress in 2020s Britain.

What you need to know On 12 different markers of mental health problems – from sleep loss to impeded social life – renters raised the flag for distress much more often than homeowners, and on 10 of the 12, more than twice as often. Those with minimal savings reliably reported far more distress than substantial savers, with twice as many admitting to taking less care at work, and three times as many reporting feeling worthless. All sorts of reforms, from those relating to the rental market to workplace changes, could bolster economic security – and, on the face of our findings, bring serious benefits for mental health too.