• There are 783,000 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).[1]
  • Young adults are more likely to feel lonely than older age groups, says a study from the Office for National Statistics.
  • The research found that almost 10% of people aged 16 to 24 were “always or often” lonely – the highest proportion of any age group.[2]
  • The proportion of young people reporting that they find it difficult to get by financially decreased to 7% in the period 2014 to 2015 from 15% in 2009 to 2010 but the proportion of young people living in households at risk of poverty increased from 19% in 2008 to 25% in 2015.
  • The proportion of young people reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression increased from 18% in the period 2009 to 2010 to 21% in 2013 to 2014; young women were more likely than young men to report symptoms of anxiety or depression.
  • On social connections, the proportion of young people who said they had someone to rely a lot on, decreased from 80% in the period 2010 to 2011 to 76% in 2013 to 2014 but the proportion of young people who agreed or strongly agreed that they belong to their neighbourhood, increased from 50% in 2009 to 2010 to 57% in 2014 to 2015.[3]
  • 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.[4]
  • Children with special educational needs (SEN) are twice as likely as other children to be bullied regularly. (IoE 2014).[5]
  • A poll of 1,000 18-25-year-olds found money, appearance and career worries as well as fears about the future mean a large chunk of their time is spent feeling anxious or under pressure.
  • But one in 10 feel they have no-one to turn to discuss their concerns, leaving them to face their fears alone.[6]
  • It is thought that around 13% of young people may try to hurt themselves on purpose at some point between the ages of 11 and 16, but the actual figure could be much higher.
  • In 2014, figures were published suggesting a 70% increase in 10-14 year olds attending A&E for self-harm related reasons over the preceding 2 years.[7]

[1]Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: August 2018
[2]BBC – Loneliness more likely to affect young people
[3]Young people’s well-being: 2017
[4]Mental health statistics: children and young people
[5]Learning disabilities explained – research and statistics, Mencap
[6]Young adultsspend more than six hours a day “stressed out”, The Independent
[7]Self-harm statistics, SelfharmUK


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