Millennials are said to be a ‘lost generation’, with many experiencing higher levels of mental health problems.
For Mental health Awareness Week we asked them what are your biggest stresses?
Many young people we spoke to said money, particularly in relation to renting a place to live, was a major worry.
This echoed the findings of a report by the Resolution Foundation that revealed that 1 in 3 millennials will never own their own home, and that half of 20 to 35 year olds will be renting in their 40s.
Not only that, young people face an uncertainty in the world of work. Increasingly employment will be characterised by contractual flexibility – including part-time work, temporary work or self employment according to a report by the Insitute for Public Policy Research. It says that for some young people in part-time or temporary work (particularly where this involves being underemployed and/or overqualified), their experiences of work may be putting their mental health and wellbeing at greater risk.
Other pressures include social media, which can have both positive and negative effects on mental wellbeing. Last year the Royal Society for Public Health and the Young Health Movement published a joint report, #statusofmind, calling for action from government, social media companies and policy makers to help promote the positive aspects of social media for young people, whilst mitigating the potential negatives
UKCP Chief Executive, Sarah Niblock, said: ‘It’s really important that every person no matter what age or stage in their live checks in with themselves and just gets a sense of how they feel and whether they need support.
‘There’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone’s reaction is perfectly natural given the state we are in and people shouldn’t feel concerned or worry that there’s something wrong if they feel anxious, but talk to a trained practitioner.’