New research conducted by crisis charity Hestia has revealed that over two-thirds of Londoners have struggled with their mental health in the past six months. 

Of the 2,008 Londoners surveyed, 85% of people said that they had suffered symptoms of poor mental health because of rising inflation and the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, 20% had been referred to a specialist, and 21% reported that they were unaware of how they’d gain access to mental health support.

When it comes to drugs and alcohol, roughly one in five of those living in London (17%) revealed that they felt it allowed them to cope, and 14% admitted to having suicidal thoughts. The research, which focuses on those aged 18-24, follows days after it was announced that GPs would begin prescribing walking and cycling in order to improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing.

In the last twelve months, Hestia—which provides domestic abuse support services in London and the South East of England—has offered support to 4,000 individuals by offering accommodation, community-based support and befriending services.

Patrick Ryan, CEO at Hestia, said: “The past two years have been challenging for everyone. Many people are stressed and worried as the cost-of-living crisis bites. We want people to know that support is available. If you’re struggling with your mental health and emotional wellbeing and need a listening ear, visit one of our crisis response services. Our staff and volunteers are there to support you, give you a space to talk and plan so that you can better manage your crisis and build your resilience and coping strategies.”

Last week, The Evening Standard reported how psychiatrists in London charged almost double for their services than the rest of the UK. According to MyTribe Insurance, it costs £400 for an initial consultation with a psychiatrist in the capital, while a follow-up can fetch around £200.