Almost one fifth of young people – aged 16 to 24 – experience high levels of anxiety, according to a study on wellbeing published by the Office of National Statistics in the UK.
The study also found that 16 percent of young people experience moderate levels of anxiety.
When these statistics are combined, they show that over one third (approximately 36 percent) of young people experience elevated levels of anxiety.
In a separate measure, there are almost 21% of young people with “evidence indicating depression or anxiety”.
And young people’s perceptions of their own physical health seemed to be progressively more negative, with more expressing dissatisfaction and fewer feeling satisfied.
The ONS also published figures for the wellbeing of younger children which showed about one in eight youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 reported symptoms of mental ill-health.
Sir Anthony Seldon, University of Buckingham vice-chancellor, has been calling for universities to take a more active role in promoting students’ wellbeing.
“We have a crisis, which is growing each year, in student mental health in our universities. I am not blaming the universities, but things must now change quickly before more avoidable misery is spread, and more lives lost.”
Even though the problem is increasing, studies show that access to proper help is overstretched and difficult to access.
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