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78% of young people think there is a stigma attached to mental health issues

78% of young people think there is a stigma attached to mental health issues

The Prince’s Trust have published their Macquarie Youth Index for 2017. Based on a YouGov survey, the report takes an in-depth look into the views and outlooks of young people aged 16 to 25. The report reveals that young people’s happiness and wellbeing are at their lowest levels since the study was first commissioned in 2009.

This report reveals that more than a quarter of young people do not feel in control of their lives, and that a crisis of confidence in their own abilities and future prospects is preventing them from realising their true potential.

Equally shocking is that many young people feel trapped by their situation, with almost a fifth saying they do not have the ability to change their circumstances if they want to. Things are even worse for young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), who are more likely to be unhappy and lacking in self-belief than those who are.

The Index takes an in-depth look into the views and outlooks of young people aged 16 to 25. It gauges young people’s feelings about their lives today and their feelings about the future.

Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE, Chief Executive at The Prince’s Trust, said :

“The potential consequences of failing to help these young people who are so clearly in need of support have huge implications for our nation’s future. We simply cannot allow them to be paralysed by their circumstances and self-doubt. In the year ahead, we aim to help 60,000 vulnerable young people to believe in themselves again and take steps towards a brighter future, but we will need support from every quarter in order to reach our target. By working with us, you can be a part of the solution to the issues raised in this report and help young people to regain control of their lives.”

“Feeling in control with the power to shape their own lives impacts positively on a young person’s mental health and overall outlook.”

Mental health :

  • 78% of young people think there is a stigma attached to mental health issues
  • 24% of young people would not confide in someone if they thought they were experiencing a mental health problem
  • 32% of young people who wouldn’t talk about mental health worries think that admitting to a mental health problem could affect their future job prospects
  • 42% of young people who said they have experienced a mental health problem said they don’t feel in control of their job prospects
  • 56% of young people who said they have experienced a mental health problem didn’t believe in themselves when they were at school

Mental health and feeling in control :

Feeling in control with the power to shape their own lives impacts positively on a young person’s mental health and overall outlook. However, the research finds that young people today are feeling increasingly unable to control their futures, and those who have experienced a mental health problem are even more likely to feel anxious about their circumstances.

Other key findings :

  • More than a quarter of young people (28%) do not feel in control of their lives
  • A third of young people (36%) do not feel in control of their job prospects
  • More than one in ten (16%) think their life will amount to nothing, no matter how hard they try
  • A fifth of young people (18%) do not think they have the ability to change their circumstances if they want to
  • The situation is even worse for NEET young people, who are more likely to feel worried about their circumstances and future
  • 34% of young people think they will have a worse standard of living than their parents
  • 42% of young people feel traditional goals like owning a house or getting a steady job are unrealistic

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About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He is a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards.

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