- 60% of young people (aged 18 to 24) have felt so stressed by the pressure to succeed that they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
- 47% of young people have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
- 57% of young people have felt so stressed because of fear of making mistakes they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
- 39% of young people said they had experienced suicidal feelings because of stress.
- 29% of young people said they had self-harmed because of high-stress levels.
An online UK stress survey has found that six out of ten young people aged 18–24 have felt so stressed by the pressure to succeed they have felt unable to cope.
The survey – commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation – also found that almost half of young people (47%) had experienced significant stress in relation to body image and worries about their appearance.
Almost six out of ten young (57%) people said they have become stressed because of a fear of making mistakes.
Meanwhile, three out of ten (29%) of young people said they had self-harmed due to high levels of stress.
A further four out of ten (39%) young people had experienced suicidal feelings due to stress.
The study was commissioned by YouGov to launch Mental Health Awareness Week, which has been run by the Mental Health Foundation since 2001.
The study is believed to be the largest and most comprehensive stress survey ever carried out across the UK, with 4,619 people surveyed.
The study is included in a new report by the Mental Health Foundation Stress: are we coping?
"Our survey highlights just how vulnerable young people are to mental health problems. It shows how much pressure young people are feeling to be a success. The pressure to conform to an ideal body image is also intense. Moreover, it is shocking how many young people have self-harmed or had suicidal thoughts due to stress.
"Given that three-quarters of mental health problems are established in people by the age of 24, we must tackle this as a national priority.
"That is why we ask for all young people to receive the very best mental health education at all schools to promote their wellbeing and resilience."
UK survey: Total sample size was 4619 adults. Of those, 520 were aged 18-24. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29th March - 20th April 2018. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and represent all UK adults (aged 18+). (YouGov)
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