New Prince’s Trust research reveals that young people fear for their emotional health more than ever before, as worries about the future, money and generally ‘not being good enough’ pile up on their generation.
- 61% of young people regularly feel stressed and more than a quarter go as far as to say they regularly feel hopeless
- Young people’s happiness and confidence in their emotional health have dropped to the lowest levels ever recorded
- Prince’s Trust chief executive, Nick Stace, calls on the government and employers to promote positive mental wellbeing and support young people into fulfilling, sustainable careers
The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index (pdf, 2mb) report, based on a survey of 2,194 respondents aged 16 to 25, found that the happiness and confidence young people feel in their emotional health have dropped to the lowest levels since the study was first commissioned in 2009.
According to the Index, which gauges young people’s wellbeing across a range of areas from working life to family relationships, the happiness young people experience in relation to their emotional health has plummeted by four points in just one year, from 61 to 57. This is the biggest drop in any area attributed to wellbeing ever recorded by the Index, and is a score which has fallen considerably since 2010, when it stood at 70. Confidence in future emotional health is also down by two points this year, to 65 – the lowest level so far