Is our modern society impacting young people's mental health?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

What is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day is celebrated on 10 October each year. The overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and encourage people from all walks of life and organisations to support reducing the stigma.

Today is a great opportunity for people to talk openly about mental health issues, the excellent work healthcare professionals are doing, and discuss what more needs to be done to improve support and treatment worldwide.


What is this years’ theme?

Young people and mental health in a changing world.

Navigating education, work and life are generally some of the most exciting times of a young person’s life, but it can also be the most challenging and stressful too. 

One in four adults experience mental illness, but now mental illness has risen to one in 10 in children, with 50% of mental health problems established by age 14 and 75% by age 24.

Here are some key statistics around mental health for young adults:

  • 1 in 7 people experience mental health problems in the workplace, that’s 14.7% of the UK’s workforce
  • Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions
  • More than 1 in 4 students at university and higher education suffer from ill mental health
  • Better mental health support in the workplace could save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year


Why not support and spread the message?

Click here to read more about World Mental Health Day.

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