Explore the latest updates from the COSMO study, including blog posts, press releases and events on the impacts of the pandemic on young people’s life chances.
Almost half of young people in the most deprived areas struggling to get the mental health support they need
A quarter of young people have sought some form of mental health support in the last 12 months, yet many are struggling to access that support.
Inequalities in mental health and access to support services
Erica Holt-White, author of our briefing looking at mental and physical health patterns, breaks down what we found.
COSMO data provides new insights into the lives of young carers
New data from wave 2 of the COSMO study has been featured in ITV Tonight’s documentary.
Briefings from Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the COSMO study.
Briefing No. 2 - Post 18 opportunities and aspirations
Those from the most urban areas are among the most likely to report there being good opportunities available to train/do the job they aspire to.
Briefing No. 1 - Mental and physical health
Over a third of young people who have sought mental health support are either on a waiting list or are yet to receive support.
Stories from the Class of 2023
In-depth interviews with young people participating in the COSMO Study who have similar potential but are from different socio-economic backgrounds.
Published by The Sutton Trust
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About the study
The COVID Social Mobility and Opportunities (COSMO) study is a major national longitudinal study examining the unequal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the life chances of a generation of young people.
The study is the largest of its kind, capturing the experiences of young people through the pandemic and beyond. COSMO will examine how the pandemic has affected young people’s education and wellbeing, as well as longer term impacts, following their journeys through education and into the workplace.