Young People worry about 'not being good enough' more than ever before.


New research from The Prince's Trust has revealed that young people are more concerned about managing to maintain their emotional health than ever before.

The research (called The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index) used a survey of over 2000 16-25 year olds to gauge young people’s wellbeing across a range of areas from working life to family relationships. 

The research found that the 'happiness young people experience in relation to their emotional health has plummeted by four points in just one year, from 61 to 57'. The Prince's Trust say 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. Young people's confidence in their future emotional health is also down by two points this year, to 65, – the lowest level so far.'

Key points from the research:

- 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 career

With worries about the future, job prospects, money, and generally 'not being good enough' piling up on young people, it is unsurprising that they have concerns about maintaining wellbeing.

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